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Old 30-10-2020, 10:22   #1
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Sailboats that have 45 Clearance

Any suggestions on sailboats that will fit under a bridge with 45 clearance ? The bigger the better. This is a hard number to find looking at boats. Also I question how accurate some of them are as they vary based on the source.
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Old 26-11-2020, 19:47   #2
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Any suggestions on sailboats that will fit under a bridge with 45 clearance ? The bigger the better. This is a hard number to find looking at boats. Also I question how accurate some of them are as they vary based on the source.
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Old 26-11-2020, 20:11   #3
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Re: Sailboats that have 45 Clearance

My Hunter 260 requires 39'10" bridge clearance. My old Morgan 250 required 36' bridge clearance. These figures are typical for boats this size.


Generally speaking, the sailboats that will clear a 45' bridge are going to be in the 30' long range. While such boats do exist they are something of an unusual case because they are too large to be readily trailerable (by most people's standards) yet are too small for a couple to use on a longer voyage (again by most people's standards).


The Pacific Seacraft 34 may meet your needs. I am unsure of the exact bridge clearance but it is a smaller version of the PS37 which has 47'9". They are both slower boats with small rigs for their displacement.
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Re: Sailboats that have 45 Clearance

My Alberg 35 clears 47'. Could probably relocate the VHF antenna and windex to get to 45'.
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Old 07-12-2020, 21:59   #5
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Our Tartan 28 will clear 45, barely.
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Old 08-12-2020, 01:03   #6
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Re: Sailboats that have 45 Clearance

You want a big boat, but you want a small mast. There is only one way to do that. You can take a section off the top of your mast. It will damage resale value, but, maybe not in your specific area. And if you really want the boat just for yourself and not for the next owner, it might be worth considering.
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Re: Sailboats that have 45 Clearance

A schooner with two short masts or a gaff rigged old timer or junk rig.
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