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Re: How Do You Move a Mast Over the Road
We used to ship completed spars up to 45 feet on a simple power boat trailer, towed behind full size pickup. Spar was supported at back of trailer with overhang (with red flag), angled up onto padded saddle fitted where the trailer winch was so that it cleared top of truck cab (maximum height was limited to 13'6" from road surface). Mast MUST be placed with track facing up or down, not laying on it's side as mast that size are longer fore and aft than side to side. Did this weekly on major highway without problems. Not knowing your terrain, your biggest problem might be trees on corners of narrow turns in residential areas. Secure it all with plenty of padding and line at both contact points. Check for permit requirements. BTW, around boat yard we would move fully rigged spars that big or longer on a cart about 4' long x 2' wide, simple axle with car tires, rigged up 2nd cart that could turn for AC boats True North and Canada. Don't over engineer it, it's a simple process once you are comfortable with it.