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Re: Carrying your mast "on" deck?
I can't recall the carriers name, it was a referral from the seller's broker in Michigan. I don't think transporting the mast is as complicated as the entire boat, so I wouldn't be as worried about the vendor. Although, I would want good references. I recall the guy I used was a real character, in a good way. Very concerned that he got it right and would talk your head off on the phone. Lonely on the road, I suppose.
The $1,700 tab is clear in my memory, however. That included loading at Buffalo and unloading in Albany. With my mast being 70+ ft, there were over $300 in special permits and tolls included in that price that may not apply to all.
It may seem like a lot, but absolutely worth it in my opinion. First, you would spend hundreds in supplies and labor, just to build the deck support and get a crane operator to help you lay her down and pick her back off again at each end. Then, maneuvering the locks, with the mast on deck (hanging off each end of the boat) for two weeks, would have been a nightmare.
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