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Old 01-06-2017, 18:19   #1
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47' Gulfstar Sailsmaster Weight

I recently purchased a 47' Gulfstar Sailmaster (sloop rigged). I'd like to transport the boat via truck. However the one question that keeps coming up from the trucking companies is how how much does she weigh. So, the information I'm looking for is on weight of the Gulfstar. I've checked sailboat data and they list the displacement at 38,000 lbs with a ballast weight of 10,500 lbs. Is the weight of the boat the displacement value or is the total weight of the boat displacement plus the ballast? The reason I'm asking is during the haulout earlier this month for the survey my surveyor recorded 40,000 lbs from the travel lift. And yesterday the marina travel lift was reading 46,000 lbs. The marina doesn't guarantee the accuracy of the travel lift. According to the trucking companies this makes a big difference.
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Re: 47' Gulfstar Sailsmaster Weight

Only way I can see you getting it right is have them quote you 40,000 and 46,000. Then load it on truck have it weighed at weigh station.
You could have them load it on truck and have Dept of Transportation come out with portable scales. Don't know if they charge for that.
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Re: 47' Gulfstar Sailsmaster Weight

In most states...

They are likely telling you it is the difference between it being an overweight load or not. Over weight loads require permits and often have special routing requirements and may require escorts and signage.

Once they load the boat it is their load and their license and livelihood are on the line.

The simple way would be for them to quote you for a permitted haul to the nearest certified scale. The local one day permit will legally get you to find out which of the quotes CooksFraming suggested you get from them is correct.

It would cost a few dollars, but avoid major problems. If they catch an unpermitted overweight load, they will order the truck parked wherever they pulled it over, until permits are obtained and huge fines are paid.

Pretty sure you can check permits for all states on their DOT websites.

Keep in mind, if this is a long haul through lots of states, it can a big difference in cost.



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Re: 47' Gulfstar Sailsmaster Weight

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Tabletalk.
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Old 02-06-2017, 14:52   #5
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Re: 47' Gulfstar Sailsmaster Weight

Displacement include the weight of the keel. I doubt if the weight is 46,000 however, the smart thing is negotiate a price assuming the weight is under 40,000 and an increment for any excess. The trucker will have to stop at the first weigh station so he will know the correct weight at that time. You might also consider stripping the boat before hauling to save weight but that will depend on the hauling numbers. This should not be a big deal for any experienced boat hauler.
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