Ways to transport hull of catamaran

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  1. mariobrothers88
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    Hi guys, I've completed one hull of a 34' catamaran and I was wondering what are some good ways to transport it.

    I was thinking of making a strong frame using dimensional lumber and towing it with a metal utility trailer and a pickup truck. Do you guys think there would be any issues with that?

    I can also buy a shipping container and ship it in that, but that would be more expensive.
     
  2. Mr Efficiency
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    Depends what there you want to take it, I guess.
     
  3. waikikin
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    Build a nice flat top trailer. Later when you have the other hull and connective structure you can tow it down to the water.
    Jeff.
     
  4. bajansailor
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    I presume that this is the Woods Flica cat that you have mentioned previously?

    How far do you have to transport the hull?
    I presume that you are taking it to a boatyard now?
     
  5. mariobrothers88
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    Yes
    About 60 miles
    Yes
     
  6. mariobrothers88
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    Thanks for the advice! How would you recommend building the flat top trailer? Should I built it out of lumber on top of a steel utility trailer? Or should it be all metal? Thanks for your help I really appreciate it!!!
     
  7. fallguy
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    You need to make some cradles.
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  8. Mr Efficiency
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    I think I'd get some quotes from transport businesses first.
     
  9. mariobrothers88
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    Thanks Fallguy for the pic! Do you think a wooden cradle would be too weak? Should I go with metal?
     
  10. fallguy
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    Trouble with wood.

    WARNING

    end grains holds zilch, zippo, nada, nichts, nothing no metal 8" long will hold in end grains


    Metal is best with a wood layer around it. Carpet for some variation. Please note, I mocked these up in wood first.
     
  11. fallguy
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    even the marine hauler I hired wanted cradles for custom shaped hulls...just find some old steel somewhere, fab it with bolts and get it welded after fab work...wear a face shield!

    places like Florida maybe, but middle of Mexico? Not sure.
     
  12. Mr Efficiency
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    It doesn't hurt to enquire, there are specialist boat transport firms, and some of the prices I have heard quoted seemed attractive. Not where you are of course, but just about everything here is dearer, anyway, it would be worth asking I think.
     
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    mebbe, but only use a boat hauler...none of the rest of them will treat your work like a treasure chest
     
  14. Mr Efficiency
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    I was told a bloke was quoted $4k-ish to get a 20' boat transported from Far North Queensland to the mid-Western Australian coast, that is a hell of a trip. A gift at that price. Get some quotes from a boat transport specialist
     
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  15. comfisherman
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    Guess it all really depends on what you have acess to. 34 feet takes a decent length trailer to haul. Not likely to be tough on weight and size. (You're in so cal, the weekends are full of yahoos with mega toyhaulers stuffed with all kinds of weight). But a 34 foot flat deck is still kinda an oddball to have just lying around. Half a car is just a narrow mono hull, I've no knowledge of how many 34 foot mono trailers are around but one would be easily adapted with bunks.

    If you are rocking a 91 ford ranger and a harbor freight folding trailer.... maybe not so much. If you have a diesel or suitable vehicle and a decent length flat bed, bunks are pretty easy to make usually use a metal and dimensional lumber hybrid Fit to the hull. Normally fast cheap and easy.... its 50% these days.
     
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