Yes - generally for an over high load - you will need the Electricity - and nowadays the Cable and Phone
(Telstra &Optus) companies to survey
and to lift
or move wires as needed.
When the yacht was started we did not have the cable and Pay TV, and Internet Cables
that criss-cross every street in the land (haphazardly going from one side to the other as customers came online) and it was not a factor that I (who had built and moved a previous 55' yacht from the same location) even considered - otherwise I would have designed the yacht differently. As it was I had seriously considered actually doing a flush deck design.
When the time came about 4 years ago for the yacht to be moved to the water - surveys of the route were done by the utility companies - and it was found that the Electricity Commission would need to lift
a lot of wires and to remove and replace a couple of sets and the quoted price
for the whole exercise was about $20,000. It was however all the others that were the problem.
All the other cables
were allowed to be a metre lower than the Electricity wires and there were now literally thousands of them between us and the water - and more going up every day.
Both Telstra and Optus said that it was now an impossible task - and that no amount of money
could get the wires disconnected and re-installed - with the time and disruption - and customers affected.
You should also bear in mind that we were 30 miles from the sea - in the Western Suburbs of the Sydney
Metropolitan area - and needed to traverse fully built up residential, commercial
and industrial areas right across Sydney
- using all roads from our own back road to highways and motorways. This is what comes of idiots building big boats a long way from the water.
With the yacht standing at 6m of bare hull - alone - let alone on a truck - it became landlocked by it's height.
As the property where it was built belonged to old friends - and was not mine - then came the slow and difficult realization - that it had to be either moved somehow or destoyed.
It took a little longer - to convince myself that I could cut it in half.
And in case you were wondering - because of it's design - a high raised coaming - stepped deck, with superstructure - it was not possible to just 'cut some off the top'. To overcome the problem I really needed to lose about 2m of height - which meant going below the deck level - which raised then considerations of the strength and stability of the top section when it was lifted up - that it did not 'pancake' and buckle.
I went to the trucking company and said 'you tell me what height this yacht has to be - so that we don't need ANYONE'S permission to take it anywhere'. And they told me that if I could keep the finished load under 4.5m then I could take it anywhere I Iiked in Australia
- no problem.
So after some more careful consideration - I settled on a cut line of 11' 6'' or about 3.5m - which happened also to have been a strategic level line in the yacht itself - being the height of the engine room roof/upper saloon
floor - and also about a foot above various benchs and counters - and about 1 metre above most of the lower floor level. It was also about 2'6'' above the design waterline and about 4' below the deck level - which would give it a substantial skirt of hull and internal walls to keep the form rigid when lifted.
It was also as convenient a working hip height both inside and outside on the scaffolding - as you could find.
PS When the yacht was transported - we needed NO ONE'S permission - just as promised.
And only had police and other escorts for the oversized load - as both sections took up the entire 3 lanes - and all of every intersection - on it's journey. Not a wire in the land hung in our way.