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Old 06-03-2020, 09:22   #1
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Shipping Mast

We are going to take our Beneteau 440 from Kentucky Lake to Mobile Al via the Tombigbee waterway and are considering shipping our mast Our mast is 65 feet. . Has anyone attempted this or have a recommendation of a shipper. Thanks
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Old 06-03-2020, 09:36   #2
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We are going to take our Beneteau 440 from Kentucky Lake to Mobile Al via the Tombigbee waterway and are considering shipping our mast Our mast is 65 feet. . Has anyone attempted this or have a recommendation of a shipper. Thanks
Many specialty truck transport companies can haul that length of load. It is an overlength load and requires specialized trailer and compliance with each State's regulations for overlength loads. Will be a pricey haul, especially when calculated on a per pound basis. But if you use a transport company that pools together several masts for one transhipment the costs become much more reasonable. It doesn't require a big rig, just a long trailer. Of keen issue is your mast is rather long at 65 feet, [perhaps they could cut it into two shorter bits, ]

Google boat movers or mast movers.

Example:

Great Loop Mast Shipping ‚€” Albert Logistics, Inc.

GREAT LOOP MAST SHIPPING FORM
Albert Logistics, Inc. is the go-to transportation company for boaters navigating the Great Loop. We have been moving boats and other marine equipment for boat manufacturers, private individuals, and the US Government for over 12 years. We are boaters as well so we understand the intricacies of moving boats and other marine equipment. We are fully insured and registered with the USDOT.

We pool masts at the marinas listed in the form so that we can provide the most economical shipping costs for everyone. Rates are based on where the mast is being picked up as well as overall length. Select the marina for pick up from the drop down tab then select the proper rate based on your masts length. The rates are for masts 58' in total shipping length and less. The boom ships free.

Rates for masts longer than 58' quoted on a case-by-case basis. You will still benefit from the pooled rate, however longer masts may require permits / pilot cars / as well as special bracing. Much greater costs, MUCH.


All masts are delivered to Turner Marine in Mobile, AL.



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Old 06-03-2020, 13:43   #3
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Re: Shipping Mast

It starts to sound like lashing it to trestles on deck makes more and more sense. Maybe really tall ones, so you could duck under it instead of having to climb over. Working in air cargo, we shipped a Hobie 16 to Kenya once. It was great - until we heard that some guy ran over the mast with a forklift in Mombassa. Oops. One loose strap on a truck and your roller-furler extrusion is making sparks at 60 mph all the way from Tupelo to Meridian. At least if it’s on the boat you know what’s happening to it. Would likely be cheaper unless you plan on staying in slips and they charge you for the overhang.
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The rates for Albert Logistics mast shipments are:

Under 40 feet $850

41 to 50 feet $950

51 to 58 feet 1,050

Over 58 feet case by case, request quote.

Boom ships at no extra charge than the mast.
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