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I believe that the federal wide load guidelines, allow for a vehicle 8' 6" wide, not 8". Any boat that is wider than that will require a wide-load permit, and may require escort vehicles.
There are also length restrictions on trailers as well. These will vary by state. You might want to look at a current trucker's atlas, as it will generally have the rules for both width and length in it for every state.
Bridges are a huge deal, as are any non federal Interstate highways, which have very clear minimum clearances. IIRC, all bridges must have at least 13' 6" vertical clearance or be posted with their clearance heights.
But a Catalina 30 will need to have the mast re-stepped each time you move it. That adds significantly to the cost of re-locating the mast, unless you come up with a decent, safe and simple way to re-step the mast yourself.
If you're really serious about coastal cruising, yet want to have a boat that is trailerable, it might be worth looking into a folding trimaran design. One other problem with the Catalina 30 is weight. The boat is over FIVE tons empty. If loaded for coastal cruising, your towing weight is going to be closer to 11,000 pounds, and that doesn't even include the trailer. This is far too massive for most tow vehicles that you might own.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
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