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Old 07-11-2019, 11:49   #1
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Can this sailboat be trailered towed?

length :46 feet
weight: 11,500lbs
beam: 13 ft 6 in.


boat is in horrendous shape and would require a multi year refit. goal of towing would be to bring it home to work on it until refit is done then bring to water. Rather than pay marina fees for 5 years.

any thoughts?
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:16   #2
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Re: Can this sailboat be trailered towed?

You didn't mention the height with the rigging down. Height is usually the make it or break it for transporting large things.
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:40   #3
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Re: Can this sailboat be trailered towed?

mast height is 65 ft. i dont have height with mast down. its a ted brewer 46.
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mast height is 65 ft. i dont have height with mast down. its a ted brewer 46.


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Re: Can this sailboat be trailered towed?

Probably, but it is going to depend on the height with the mast down. In any case, it will require "wide load" permits, so you can't just drop it on a trailer and pull it behind your pickup truck. You need to make some calls and get some quotes from boat shipping companies.


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Re: Can this sailboat be trailered towed?

Until he has the height without rigging/mast, I wouldn't bother calling anyone.

But my guess is you are looking at permitted and escorted and that isn't cheap.
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Old 07-11-2019, 18:36   #7
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Re: Can this sailboat be trailered towed?

I agree with the above. Boats do not generally take kindly to being "dropped on a trailer", usually a custom cradle should be built, especially to safely support the hull during its travels, and the boat will have to be secured to the cradle, which can be but on a lo-boy trailer. Sometimes people shrink wrap such boats, because for the boat it's like going out into a weak hurricane, and being bounced a lot.

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A 46 foot boat's mast is going to be in the vicinity of 60 ft, maybe less, but ours is close to 70 ft, with the vhf antenna, which can be removed, of course, for shipping.
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Old 07-11-2019, 21:25   #8
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what happens upon delivery to my backyard? how would they get it off? i assume they would put them on those stands with square tops against the sailboat?
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They will wait until you unload the boat.
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what happens upon delivery to my backyard? how would they get it off? i assume they would put them on those stands with square tops against the sailboat?
Hi, you really need to talk to someone that moves large boats for a living. As others have said, it will involve wide load and probably special permits and a crane to load and unload the boat to/from the trailer. All doable but not inexpensive, however still way cheaper than long term yard fees.
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Mast will have to be down , before any haulage firm who specialise in boat moves will load it , but there are many large boats that go by road , again a good boat haulage firm will take care of the permits and convey if needed , this is why you are paying them.
If a good company, your boat will be fine , make sure you have insurance for the travel
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Some boat movers use hydraulic trailers to lift a boat on a cradle and deliver, then set boat and cradle down at the destination.
No need for a crane.
Speak to boat movers, ask about hydraulic trailer, a custom cradle may be what you need for cost effective moving.
Though you will still need to get the boat on the cradle.
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Re: Can this sailboat be trailered towed?

Brewer 46 is closer to about 42000 lbs. 14' tall might be close. You need to call a yacht transporter. Brownell is one. There are many out there and several that can off load and transport the mast. Where is boat located and where is it going to? It gets amazingly pricey but can be done. You will also need boat stands (probably 10) and a hard surface to put the boat on. If you try to put it on a grass yard the trailer may get stuck. My 12800 lb boat left 10" deep ruts on a dry, hard yard and almost got stuck. You may want to have someone come in and lay down a gravel driveway.
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Re: Can this sailboat be trailered towed?

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length :46 feet
weight: 11,500lbs
beam: 13 ft 6 in.


boat is in horrendous shape and would require a multi year refit. goal of towing would be to bring it home to work on it until refit is done then bring to water. Rather than pay marina fees for 5 years.

any thoughts?
If it is in that bad a shape, I hope you didn't get stuck with someone else's problem. Hauling, if height without rigging, allows will not be cheap.
Getting it off a commercial lowboy better be arranged for in advance, the trucker is not going to hang around for free while you figure it out..
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If it is in that bad a shape, I hope you didn't get stuck with someone else's problem. Hauling, if height without rigging, allows will not be cheap.
Getting it off a commercial lowboy better be arranged for in advance, the trucker is not going to hang around for free while you figure it out..

You would want to use a hydraulic boat trailer which can unload and level the boat without any extra equipment. Call an experienced yacht hauler for details. Putting it in your yard may not be an option without some ground prep work first. Driveway may be OK but grass maybe not. A Brewer 46 is a way heavy boat. No way a Taiwan 46' mono hull boat is 11.5K lbs.
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