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Old 16-12-2010, 02:34   #1
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Western Australia Boat Trailer Regulations ?

Hi guys,

I was just wondering if anyone from Western Australia (or Australia) knows the boat trailer regulations? I have a 34' flybridge cruiser which I really would prefer to be able to transport to where I wish, but I am concerned that it is just 'too big' to tow with a vehicle or that trailers are not legally allowed to be that big.

Does anyone have any information on this or know where I could locate it?

I have already looked on the transportwa.com website but it does not give any specifications.

Please help.
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What is its beam as that will be a determining factor as to what restrictions apply? Going by memory only, the maximum width allowed is (was?) 8'6".

Any wider, certain restrictions come into force. I will try to remember where I found this info
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If the boat is 34' long one would guess the beam would be between 10' to 12' wide and as stated legal road width is 8'6".

And there is the height issue. It all sounds to hard.

You must have great ramps in WA cause you would be in a lot of pain in NSW.

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Old 19-12-2010, 02:48   #4
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Hmm..

I'll have to measure it, but I appreciate your advice guys.

If you could let me know where you found this information it would be very helpful!

I am just an amateur boater, so I really don't know what to expect with the ramps yet. It should be interesting!
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Hi Ben,
I'm a truckie, do oversize, over 2.5 metres has to be towed by accredited drivers, Main Roads can give you info,
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Hi Ben

I don't want to sound like a smartie, but have you seen a 34' flybridge cruiser on a the slips. It's HUGE.

I'm sure emmo would not be too keen to tow it around the state.

Put it in a pen or on a mooring and have a good time on it.
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Hi Ben

I don't want to sound like a smartie, but have you seen a 34' flybridge cruiser on a the slips. It's HUGE.

I'm sure emmo would not be too keen to tow it around the state.

Put it in a pen or on a mooring and have a good time on it.
Likewise I don't want sound like a smartie (or a M&M) but I guess you are not living in WA because in this fine state, getting a pen or mooring just isn't going to happen soon.
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WA main roads regs

Oversize/Overmass Period Permits - Main Roads Western Australia

I have attached a link to the WA govt oversize and over mass regs.

It is doable - essentially you need a modified semitrailer rig with correct axleloads. I imagine rules are similar to Qld where you can move in daylight up to 3.5 m with oversize signs,flags, warning lights. Over 3.5 m will need a pilot vehicle.

Heights are usually restricted to 4.6m unless a special permit for route to allow non contact with overhead powerlines.

good luck and let us know results as you progress.
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Hi Wotname,

You're right I don't live in WA, but you have to admit when you read what Downunder has said it all sounds toooo hard.

This is a big boat to be carting around.

I wasn't aware that it is so hard to get a mooring.

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Not only hard to get a mooring, but thanks to DPI even harder to sell one you no longer need, believe you me,
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That's sad to hear. I always thought we were doing it tough in NSW as for boating facilties but you can still seem to be able to get a pen or a mooring.

Even in the Afloat mag you see them advertised

Mind you some know how to charge.
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Old 23-12-2010, 04:58   #12
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Oversize/Overmass Period Permits - Main Roads Western Australia

I have attached a link to the WA govt oversize and over mass regs.

It is doable - essentially you need a modified semitrailer rig with correct axleloads. I imagine rules are similar to Qld where you can move in daylight up to 3.5 m with oversize signs,flags, warning lights. Over 3.5 m will need a pilot vehicle.

Heights are usually restricted to 4.6m unless a special permit for route to allow non contact with overhead powerlines.

good luck and let us know results as you progress.
So what I have gathered is, if I was to construct a suitable boat trailer (in this instance, a pig trailer?) and towed it with an F100 (rigid vehicle?), it would be possible under these specifications:

Max length: 22m (boat is 34', [10.36m] + trailer length easily under 22m)
Max width: 5.5m (beam is between 4 and 5.5m)
Max height: 5.5m (height is also unknown but definately below 5.5m)

"In these Operating Conditions, a RAV (over-size vehicle) means a Class 1 vehicle that exceeds one or more of the following dimension limits and is designed to carry or is carrying a large indivisible item:
(a) 2.5 m wide;
(b) 4.3 m high; and
(c) 19 m combination length."

So in theory, it would be legally possible with a standard 'C class license', right?

Oh and thanks so much to everyone so far for your input, it all helps!

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Old 23-12-2010, 06:47   #13
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So what I have gathered is, if I was to construct a suitable boat trailer (in this instance, a pig trailer?) and towed it with an F100 (rigid vehicle?), it would be possible under these specifications:

Max length: 22m (boat is 34', [10.36m] + trailer length easily under 22m)
Max width: 5.5m (beam is between 4 and 5.5m)
Max height: 5.5m (height is also unknown but definately below 5.5m)

"In these Operating Conditions, a RAV (over-size vehicle) means a Class 1 vehicle that exceeds one or more of the following dimension limits and is designed to carry or is carrying a large indivisible item:
(a) 2.5 m wide;
(b) 4.3 m high; and
(c) 19 m combination length."

So in theory, it would be legally possible with a standard 'C class license', right?

Oh and thanks so much to everyone so far for your input, it all helps!

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Just got the measurement from the other owner, beam is 2.9m!
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So what I have gathered is, if I was to construct a suitable boat trailer (in this instance, a pig trailer?) and towed it with an F100 (rigid vehicle?), it would be possible under these specifications:

Max length: 22m (boat is 34', [10.36m] + trailer length easily under 22m)
Max width: 5.5m (beam is between 4 and 5.5m)
Max height: 5.5m (height is also unknown but definately below 5.5m)

"In these Operating Conditions, a RAV (over-size vehicle) means a Class 1 vehicle that exceeds one or more of the following dimension limits and is designed to carry or is carrying a large indivisible item:
(a) 2.5 m wide;
(b) 4.3 m high; and
(c) 19 m combination length."

So in theory, it would be legally possible with a standard 'C class license', right?

Oh and thanks so much to everyone so far for your input, it all helps!

Regards,

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Just got the measurement from the other owner, beam is 2.9m!
Is the max width really 5.5 m or was this a typo. I cannot imagine a 5.5 m wide load on any road or highway.
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I think there may be a weight limit on trailer towed on C licence. Would need to check.

You need to know weight of boat and trailer.

I think you may need a light or heavy truck or tractor with which you can tow a trailer up to 8 tonnes. Over 8 tons you need a HC heavy combination (semitrailer).

At that width you will need an oversize permit on some roads and certainly a pilot at minimum. In Qld there are performance quidelines for movement of oversize vehicles and depending on the area you just have to meet requirements suchs as warning lights, flags, signs, pilot etc and can move without a permit. There are zone areas with more restrictions such as In areas such as cities and high density traffic.
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