Originally Posted by bobsyiruncle
A 32 footer is just at the upper edge of trailer delivery
without major expense. I think it might be much better, faster, safer and cheaper to trailer it across Michigan and put in at Pt Huron or Algonac then travel to PA
This is especially true if your experience level is not up to rough water. Once you hit the St Clair River and from there on there is lots of support if anything goes wrong
Beg borrow or steal a trailer or pay a buddy to do it for you but you will probably need a 3/4 ton and you need to check the height and run daytime on a quiet day.
Not impossilbe but trailering a 34' cruiser is probably outside his comfort zone if he's asking about doing it by water (I'm assuming if he was comfortable towing that large, he wouldn't be asking the question).
- A 34' cruiser is likely to have a 12' beam meaning wide load permits.
- Assuming a sailboat with a keel
, you add the hassles with pulling the mast
and carrying that. You are looking at a custom trailer. The guys who have those typically haul boats for a living so they are unlikely to let you just borrow.
- If time is an issue, you can get it hauled across. Figure $3-6k depending on the complications with the specific boat and how far they haul it. If it's purely a delivery run, this may be a cheaper option when you factor in fuel
and other associated costs of going by water.
- If just getting it there is your goal, drop it off north of Toledo. Very little difference in road milage compared to Port Huron or Algonac and saves you a day or two of on the water travel or for a bit more, just have them take it all the way to PA (Adds a little more cost due to miles driven and now you need permits for additional states).
As far as experience, rough water and support: Looping around Michigan is a great starter trip as long as you watch the weather. The entire route
every 20-30 miles set up by the state as harbors of refuge. By most standards they are cheap
($1-1.50/ft/night). As long as you have time to wait out bad weather, it's a great trip and getting caught out in a storm is highly unlikley.