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Well what you are contemplating is what I did this past year. I had no luck finding an outfit that could/would haul my boat the distance I needed, so I was stuck with the flatdeck method, and a crane on my end. The crane is going to be around a thousand dollars, to pick it straight up, and put it straight down. The crane weighs 10 X what your boat does. The crane guy is going to want a SOLID base. You should be thinking about 6" of road base minimum, depending on soil conditions. Have ALOT of dunnage on hand to level the boat. A simple pick and put will still take 4 hours, unless you have lots of hands helping. Cranes around here charge by a 4 hr minimum. They also add additional charges to supply spreader bars that somehow don't come with the crane, or estimate, but are needed nonetheless. After enjoying working on your boat close to home, someone, will complain to the city bylaws, and you may get to move it again! I had to. Before I moved it, I had bylaws tell me that my new location was ok. When you get a quote from your mover guy, RECORD HIS QUOTE ON VIDEO BEFORE HE STARTS. The charge for moving my boat increased by 50% after he had unloaded it. The video saved me.
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I'd hesitate to use a field.... the chances of the ground not being densely packed enough and getting soggy enough for the stands to shift is pretty high. You're much better off if you can put the boat down on firmly packed gravel or concrete instead.

Most cranes will not be able to lift 20,000 too far off axis... so the distance from the road you'd be able to put the boat would be fairly limited. IMHO, you better off putting in a concrete pad and using a hydraulic trailer.

Also, getting the quote on video is a great idea, but getting it in writing is usually sufficient.
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RECORD HIS QUOTE ON VIDEO BEFORE HE STARTS. The charge for moving my boat increased by 50% after he had unloaded it. The video saved me.
This is so true, not a lot of honest guys out there. First people I hired used a low boy flat bed and the very first bridge they came to, they had to turn back. The boat was too tall. buyer beware.
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Lauching our boat actually required two cranes. A small first crane laid down matting on shifty soil for the second crane.
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Considering moving a boat over land and putting it into a field is very disconcerting.

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