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and edit text between each picture. I'm not very computer savvy so here goes.
This somewhat documents moving my Cape Dory
25D from Lake Superior (Siskiwit Bay) in Cornucopia, WI to Clear Lake
Bay (near Galveston, TX). I wanted a 5th wheel
for the trip with dual axles and dual tires to avoid a flat tire interrupting my trip in the middle of my 1300mi journey. The smallest trailer of this type I could rent was 24’ long and rated for 25,000# (a bit overkill but better big versus small as long as my old truck could handle the load).
1--The boat cradle
pads were bad so I made up a set with ¾” plywood
and carpet. The cradle was loaded on the trailer and centered over the forward axle. The boat was placed in the cradle and there didn’t appear to be an excessive load on the truck (another reason to use the 5th wheel
versus bumper pull).
2--The trailer was moved to the side and the next 2 hours were spent strapping the cradle to the trailer and the boat to the cradle/trailer.
3--I bought two 2”x12”x8’ and cut them 5’ long for the sides with the remaining 3’ for the ends. The 2”x12” were placed over the lip of the cradle base and screwed to the deck
of the trailer with 3 ½” deck
screws. The front piece of lumber
was probably the most important to keep the cradle and boat in place with braking. A 2”x4” was placed over the cradle base to anchor
the base with the 3300# straps.
4—Several blocks of wood
were wedged between the lower bow edge of the hull
and a cradle cross piece. The wood
was also anchored with deck screws to keep it from moving when I went over bumps and I did go over bumps during the trip. Four 3300# straps were placed over the boat and attached to the trailer rails. These were tightened down and secured with gorilla tape.
was tied to the pulpits on both ends. I removed the vane and antenna
and slid the mast
under the top pulpit tubing. The mast
was wrapped with carpet making sure I ran shrouds away from contact with the aluminum
mast and secured it to the boards. The boom and roller furler
was also wrapped and tied.
6—Turnbuckles and loose hardware
was tied up with tape to keep this stuff in place during the trip. Turnbuckles can unscrew and drop off with vibration during the trip and a little tape helps to avoid some expensive hardware
purchases on arrival. The furler
housing was also taped in place.
7—Once the ladder was removed and strapped to the cradle, the rig was ready to move. My height was 13’ 6” which wasn’t a problem on the interstate overpasses but it did make me nervous on some of the local back road over passes, especially the ones that were not marked.
8—Marine live a board hotel
on wheels saved a few bucks at truck stops on the return trip. Shower
for $12 and generally decent evening meals
made the return trip “mostly” enjoyable. I say mostly because there were moments in traffic going through Minneapolis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Dallas that were less than pleasant. But they say “All’s well that ends well” :<)
I hope some of this might be helpful.