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Old 10-06-2015, 12:11   #1
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My husband and I have a 40 ft sailboat. His health is not very good and he nor I can handle it. We were thinking of having it transferred from Myrtle Beach, SC to our farm about 90 miles away. We live in NC. Does anyone know of a trailer rental agency that would lease a trailer big enough to haul this boat? If not maybe you could steer me in another direction. Thanks for any help you might give.

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Re: sailboat trailer to haul a 40 ft boat

What would be the purpose of having a 40' sailboat on the farm?
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My husband and I have a 40 ft sailboat. His health is not very good and he nor I can handle it. We were thinking of having it transferred from Myrtle Beach, SC to our farm about 90 miles away. We live in NC. Does anyone know of a trailer rental agency that would lease a trailer big enough to haul this boat? If not maybe you could steer me in another direction. Thanks for any help you might give.

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Aloha Brenda,

There are hauling companies that do such a thing. Make certain whatever you do get good insurance over and above what the company offers. There should be many folks in the New Bern and Oriental area that can recommend a good company. I've had friends who have hauled from New York to San Francisco and from Seattle to San Francisco so I know there are people out there.

Just start calling trucking companies if you don't get any recommendations.
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Re: sailboat trailer to haul a 40 ft boat

Brenda,

The trailer is only part of the problem. You will also need to find a mobile crane with the load capacity and reach to pick the boat up from the trailer and deposit it wherever it is going.

Honestly I am really curious what the long term plan with this is.
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Old 10-06-2015, 23:26   #5
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Re: sailboat trailer to haul a 40 ft boat

No crane is required.

Call a boat mover. They have air-ride trailers with hydraulic pads that cradle your boat, they can load and unload directly to and from the jack stands that are currently holding your boat, assuming she's out of the water.

Not sure of the details of your boat, but some 40fters will be too tall to squeeze under the 13? ft height limit for going on roads.
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Re: sailboat trailer to haul a 40 ft boat

So, to summarize...

You don't need to rent a trailer. You need to engage a professional to haul the boat for you. A 40 foot boat is, at the very least, going to require "wide load" permits, proper insurance, careful handling by someone who has done this before, and depending on the dimensions of the boat it may not even be possible.

Along with the others, I have to wonder why. Do you have a large lake that you are going to put it in? Frankly, if you are not planning on using it anymore, why not just sell it? I can assure you that it will be a whole lot easier to sell (and you'll get a lot more money for it) in Myrtle Beach than it will be somewhere 90 miles inland.

Good luck, whatever you decide.
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You can try this site. It's an auction/bid system for car/boat hauling. Input your requirements i.e. boat size/weight, from-to locations, preferred dates, etc and you get a bunch of bids from various haulers.

Auto transport quotes car shipping boat movers auto transporters.

PS Ooops, din't look them up for a while and did not realize that they've been taken over by uship. ))
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Re: sailboat trailer to haul a 40 ft boat

Good advice from most of the previous posts. I recently moved a 42' boat from a boatyard to my property so can give you first hand experience on exactly what you're trying to do.

1. You will need special permits and probably an escort car so will have to go with a pro. Part of his deal will be to check restricted roads, bridge clearances, etc.

2. The hauler will need a special trailer as mentioned. Most boat haulers use a plain flat bed trailer that has to have a crane or lift of some kind to get the boat on and off. A few have a special hydraulic trailer that can pick up and set down a boat in any flat space.

3. I paid over $1000 to move the boat 60 miles. However a lot of that cost was for one off expenses for loading, unloading, permits, etc. It would not be double that to go twice as far, probably only a little more.

4. I used a guy based in FL but he covers the SE. If you're interested I can give you his name and number.


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Re: sailboat trailer to haul a 40 ft boat

When you are calling for quotes, let them know you can be flexible about the date, if you can. Sometimes they'll give you a nice discount if they can use your job to occupy an empty day, or turn an empty return run from somewhere else into a profit.


You may also want to carefully scope out the route, for overhead clearances as well as any utility lines, overhead traffic signals, etc. that may have to be moved--at a cost. Same for any limited bridge carrying weights.


And as was pointed out, if you do wind up selling the boat? Whatever you spend moving it, the buyer will have to spend that much more again buying it. Which will also discourage many buyers from looking.
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When you are calling for quotes, let them know you can be flexible about the date, if you can. Sometimes they'll give you a nice discount if they can use your job to occupy an empty day, or turn an empty return run from somewhere else into a profit.

An excellent suggestion. I do this frequently in my business. Called a back haul rate. Trucker hauls a load to point A but needs to return to his home base at point B. Trucker is motivated to give a good deal to get freight going back home since anything he can get is better than trucking home empty.

If you can wait for a trucker that needs a haul in the direction you want to go it could be a nice savings.






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And as was pointed out, if you do wind up selling the boat? Whatever you spend moving it, the buyer will have to spend that much more again buying it. Which will also discourage many buyers from looking.

Yep.
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Good advice from most of the previous posts. I recently moved a 42' boat from a boatyard to my property so can give you first hand experience on exactly what you're trying to do.

1. You will need special permits and probably an escort car so will have to go with a pro. Part of his deal will be to check restricted roads, bridge clearances, etc.

2. The hauler will need a special trailer as mentioned. Most boat haulers use a plain flat bed trailer that has to have a crane or lift of some kind to get the boat on and off. A few have a special hydraulic trailer that can pick up and set down a boat in any flat space.

3. I paid over $1000 to move the boat 60 miles. However a lot of that cost was for one off expenses for loading, unloading, permits, etc. It would not be double that to go twice as far, probably only a little more.

4. I used a guy based in FL but he covers the SE. If you're interested I can give you his name and number.


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My hauler these days charges $6/$6 (was $5/5 10 years ago). Meaning $6/ft to load and $6/mi to haul with 5 mile minimum charge (all mileage charges are calculated one way), meaning a 60mile haul of a 40ft boat would be about $600, unstepping the mast is extra at about $150-250, depending on mast height. And I believe he's the most reasonable in our area. Many others charge not only by length/mileage (often r/t mileage) but also add hourly charges, etc. Apparently he holds a bulk width permit (or something like that) so he does not need to get one for every wide haul. His only drawback is that his trailers can handle up to about 36'-38' boats and have rated capacity of under 20,000lbs or a tad higher (I think). Anyone who fits these limits and needs a haul in MA or nearby send me a PM for more details.
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My hauler these days charges $6/$6 (was $5/5 10 years ago). Meaning $6/ft to load and $6/mi to haul with 5 mile minimum charge (all mileage charges are calculated one way), meaning a 60mile haul of a 40ft boat would be about $600, unstepping the mast is extra at about $150-250, depending on mast height. And I believe he's the most reasonable in our area. Many others charge not only by length/mileage (often r/t mileage) but also add hourly charges, etc. Apparently he holds a bulk width permit (or something like that) so he does not need to get one for every wide haul. His only drawback is that his trailers can handle up to about 36'-38' boats and have rated capacity of under 20,000lbs or a tad higher (I think). Anyone who fits these limits and needs a haul in MA or nearby send me a PM for more details.
These rates sound pretty typical BUT, does this hauler have a standard flatbed or a trailer with hydraulic lifts that can drop the boat in your back yard.

Also, on top of the $600 fee, for a wide load you will have to pay for the extra permits AND you will have to pay for an escort car. So that $600 now turns into over $1000.


Once you get much over mid thirties in length over the road hauling becomes a whole new ball game.
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I'm sorry to hear that your health does not allow you to continue sailing your boat.

I hate to be the devils advocate, but moving the boat 90 miles inland is not a good idea. You would be de-valuing the boat. Anyone thinking of buying your boat would have to consider the cost of getting it back to the water, facing the same issues you are having now. Also, boats don't sit well on the hard. Things dry out, rust sets in, dirt and debris accumulate...not good. Also, if you do want to sell later, there is no possibility of a sea trial for engine or rig, or just to see how it feels in the water.

If you have an able bodied relative, perhaps transfer ownership to them. If you have no one, then consider selling it now, on your terms. If you deduct the costs of moving the boat, you already have an enticing price. If you add the desirability of a boat already in the water and ready to sail...thats a big plus too.

Again, I'm sorry to hear of your situation, and that day will come for us all...but please be realistic, and let someone else have a turn with your vessel.

After 5 years at the farm, the boat's value approaches zero. Check ebay any day to confirm.
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I'm sorry to hear that your health does not allow you to continue sailing your boat.

I hate to be the devils advocate, but moving the boat 90 miles inland is not a good idea. You would be de-valuing the boat. Anyone thinking of buying your boat would have to consider the cost of getting it back to the water, facing the same issues you are having now. Also, boats don't sit well on the hard. Things dry out, rust sets in, dirt and debris accumulate...not good. Also, if you do want to sell later, there is no possibility of a sea trial for engine or rig, or just to see how it feels in the water.

If you have an able bodied relative, perhaps transfer ownership to them. If you have no one, then consider selling it now, on your terms. If you deduct the costs of moving the boat, you already have an enticing price. If you add the desirability of a boat already in the water and ready to sail...thats a big plus too.

Again, I'm sorry to hear of your situation, and that day will come for us all...but please be realistic, and let someone else have a turn with your vessel.

After 5 years at the farm, the boat's value approaches zero. Check ebay any day to confirm.

There is some truth in the statement that moving the boat inland will make it more difficult to sell and the cost of moving it back to the ocean would have to be a factor in any buyer's purchasing decision.

However to say that five years on the hard will reduce the value to zero is seriously over the top. If the boat is maintained in good, clean condition, engine stored properly, etc then the value will not fall any more that it would otherwise. Sure let it fill with water, rot the bulkheads, seize the engine then it's gone.
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