What Is The Largest Length And Beam For Over The Road Shipping?

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  1. SamSam
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    SamSam Senior Member

    There can also be weight restrictions. "Frequent" trips could mean it might be better to have a boat in each location and save all the trouble.
     
  2. CAPT D
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    Hello Fred, I Am Just Waiting For The "permit' Company That I Contacted A Few Days Ago To Get Their Opinion.

    I Have Until March 31st For Last Minute Changes To The Build Plan

    The Vessel Will Be My Live Aboard Home For 8 To 10 Months A Year And I Intend To Explore The Rivers And Canals For The Next 10/20/30 Years In My Retirement.

    Thanks For Your Time
     
  3. FAST FRED
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    Once it is launched there would be little reason to wish to land haul the boat again.

    Toronto to Vancouver would be cheaper and more fun in the water , rather than 3 days on a truck.

    My big question is why would you choose to new build when there are so many existing boats that will do the job at 1/2 to 1/4 the cost?

    And when you decide to Swallow the Anchor selling a known product is far easier than selling an unknown one off?
     
  4. whitepointer23

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    I am a haulage contractor and I haul steel pylon cages every day. A lot of my loads are over length. I can go to an overall length of 22 meters and 2.5 mts wide with no signage or restrictions apart from headlights on . 22 to 25 mts requires rear oversize sign and still no permit. Over 25 requires special permit and lots of travel restrictions. Up to 4.5 mts wide flags on each corner and pilot vehicle. Under 3 just flags. 4.3 mts maximum height at all times. Over this requires permits. Police. Pilots and power company staff. So effectively you could have an 18 mt boat with a 3.5 mt beam and under 4.3 on the trailer without special permits or pilots. Maybe have hinged wings down each side to increase the beam when you launch. These are Australian rules but I think they would be similar in most places.
     

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  5. gonzo
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    In the USA, local rules can be complicated. For example, cities or municipalities have restrictions during traffic hours.
     
  6. Richard Woods
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    And usually you cannot drive at night and into cities

    I am also investigating moving wide loads in the USA as we plan to take out Skoota 28 powercat from Seattle to Texas later this year. Fortunately it all demounts for transport, even so we have a load 40ft x 10ft x 7ft. But because the all up weight is under 5000lbs we can tow it behind our truck

    http://sailingcatamarans.com/index.php/designs/6-powercats/264-skoota-28

    We had considered transporting it from the PNW to Duluth and cruising south from there, but the timing isn't good as we don't like cold and want another summer cruising the PNW before moving on to new cruising grounds. Taking the boat to Texas is about 600 miles further but we get south and can always head north to the Great Lakes next summer via the ICW

    So the only real reason to transport a boat in N America is to save going through the Panama Canal to get from east to west coast. Everywhere else you can do by water

    It's the same in Europe, you can get anywhere by water. From London to the Black Sea, or, surprisingly, even to Switzerland. Even the Vikings got to the Black Sea

    Richard Woods of Woods Designs

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  7. CAPT D
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    Trucking Over The Road

    Hello Richard, A Very Interesting Website And Videos, A Smart Little Vessel.

    Thanks For Sharing
     
  8. Richard Woods
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    Thank you for the compliments!

    My wife and I will be comfortable living on board full time and cruising our Skoota from mid March, when we move back on board, until at least September.

    I always say "buy the smallest boat you need, not the biggest you want"

    Richard Woods of Woods Designs

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  9. whitepointer23

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    Its the same here. You can download maps and info on specific areas.
     
  10. Richard Woods
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  11. CAPT D
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    ""buy the smallest boat you need, not the biggest you want"

    I agree with your comment above, for sure, I just sold this Gentleman`s Yacht" with 4 staterooms and 5 heads, www.Maritime-Gypsy.ca and building a cosy river/canal cruiser to live "Off Grid" for the next 10/20/30 years of my retirement
     
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