Originally Posted by Hardhead
Anyone know what kind of fine is generally imposed - if a boat
is vastly over the width limitation? I know it varies by state - but any experiences? Not a direct comparison, but I once was involved in a case where a commercial
trucker went through about 20 miles of MD, without a proper permit
, and the fine was something like 7k. It was about 20 years ago. It was clearly a commercial
trucking matter, and not a pleasure boat
, but it still seemed quite high.
While I’m am a boater and my express cruiser
is just a squeak under 14 feet wide, I wouldn’t think of trailering it. It weighs nearly 15k by itself let alone a big trailer
You may be able to get away with these as most have full living quarters so qualify as an RV. Weight and length are the road issues. Weight is GVWR. Gross vehicle weight rating. The DMV will look at the tow vehicle rating and the trailer rating combined vs actual. Don’t be over on either. Then the tire rating must not be exceeded. The reason for Duallys Your DL May have restrictions, each state has rules.
Next all lights must work
, then permits etc. safety equipment
must be in place.
As for penalty....well plan on Gestapo type justice. A DL violation will usually get you parked until a suitable driver arrives, plus a health
ticket. Over weight will also get you parked, another ticket. This might be more involved if the removal
trailer makes the load too high. More permits etc a lot more $$$.
If the boat is used for competition and money
changes hands you simply need a CDL with appropriate ratings.there is no getting around this. I deal with motor
racers and horse people, they all are under the watchful eye nowadays.
Your best bet is to go to the DMV and just ask what you need to do first before you get stopped. Don’t forget to ask about weigh stations.
To really answer the question a pay and go ticket could be $1000 or more. Honestly don’t push your luck. A friend got stopped with out the required CDL and it was about $500 plus the delay while his dad came who had proper CDL TTo continue the trip.