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Old 17-01-2012, 07:57   #1
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Advice on Trucking Mast from Albany to Champlain or Ontario

We are considering taking our boat up the Hudson River and out either to Lake Ontario via the Mohawk Canal or up to Lake Champlain via the Champlain canal. (Sabre 425)

First, where is the best place to unstep the mast south of Albany?

Second, anyone know of a trucking company that routinely or has experience is bringing masts to either Ontario or Champlain?

The challenge is I have a keel stepped mast that when unstepped is around 57'-58' (bigger than most tractor trailors -- but then how do they get the mast to the dealer in the first place?)

If I made a cradle I could carry it but it would stick out at least 8' on the bow and stern (could be tricky in the canals).

Interested to heard any thoughts.......

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Old 17-01-2012, 11:10   #2
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Re: Advice on Trucking Mast from Albany to Champlain or Ontario

Hauler based in Syracuse and hauling all over the country says he can haul a 58' mast no problem. Tons of references including my own.
Breen- 315-427-1718 Tell him Kenny sent ya.

edit- Just got another e-mail from Breen. He says he's got a custom mast trailer but will need a crane or boom to load.
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Re: Advice on Trucking Mast from Albany to Champlain or Ontario

Best place to unstep is at Riverview Marina in Catskill. Your mast is not too long to lay on deck. Overhangs can be managed. I routinely used to have about six or seven feet overhanging my bow. Just remember to put the butt end forward. If you want to ship it call Mike at Riverview.
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Re: Advice on Trucking Mast from Albany to Champlain or Ontario

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I've done your trip over a dozen times and if you correctly mount your mast on deck you'll have little trouble transiting the canal system.
Carry some oversized fenders and watch your way as you enter the locks.
Depending on how you catch the locks, it's a four or five day journey from Waterford to Oswego.
However, beware of lake onieda as it is a very dangerous bit of water if the wind kicks up, mast on deck or not.
The floods of last year created some big problems in the Erie canal, so Champlain is the other, but longer route. Check with the canal officials for uptodate info.However the st. Lawrence river and Montreal are awesome as well as the 1000 islands.
It's a great trip, enjoy
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