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Old 27-11-2007, 11:56   #1
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Anyone know of reasonably priced boat mover?

I am considering the purchase of a 36' ketch in Florida, but need to weigh moving costs. I live in Texas (some 900 miles away). I'm awaiting bids on uship, but was wondering if anyone had a name of a good shipper with accurate quotes - or even someone who had the necessary equipment and would like to make some extra money.

Details: Boat about 36' plus 10' bowsprit, beam 11', height about 10' and weight about 9 tons - must be shipped by land because of some below the waterline repairs that need to be done when she gets home.

I have no trailer, and would not be able to help load (although owner says that a u-shaped trailer with hydraulic supports can slide right under it)

Boat does need some work, so if I have to put too much into getting it here - I'll keep looking.
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Old 27-11-2007, 12:38   #2
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A 36 foot boat will require a carrier who specializes in hauling boats overland. They have special trailers, know how to get any required permits and know the overpass clearances on the various routes. This is nothing that you should let an amature attempt. For boats above a given maximum width, it will require an escort vehicle. Expect to spend a few thousand dollars to be safe and legal.

I just Googled "boat transporter" and it brought up quite a few of them. I don't have any in particular to recommend but you can call local boatyards to find out who the good ones are.
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Old 27-11-2007, 12:50   #3
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David - thanks for the info.

I've been searching google, and have emailed a few - though still waiting on replies. I'm expecting to be quoted about $3000 - $4000 (if I'm too far off base, the boat will be a 'no go').

I figured a boat this size will need a special trailer of some sort, but didn't even take into consideration permits and escort vehicles...
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Old 27-11-2007, 12:51   #4
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Aloha Tex,
I agree with David. Need to have a professional on this one. I would weigh the costs and then consider keeping it near where it is for a haulout, have the bottom repaired or do-it-yourself, then sail it back if possible.
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We moved a 35 from Ca to Ohio a few years ago and it was around $5500. Your estimate is probably pretty close.
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Old 27-11-2007, 13:48   #6
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$11,000 to ship a boat from Panama to San Diego. That's via one of the "in water" cargo ships that specialize in hauling yachts around.
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