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Re: Anyone tow or hire a truck?

Go to a local yacht club and borrow or rent a trailer for the weekend and just tow it home. If you need more towing capacity rent a U-haul truck fir a couple hundred bucks and be done with it.

I used to tow my Olson 30 around all the time without any issues (I have a 9500lbs towing capacity). Other than being a pain in crosswinds it wasn't that bad.

While you are borrowing the trailer ask around for any of the local college age sailing jocks and pay them $100 to come with you for the day and help you get it all rigged well.
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Thanks! Will be longer than a day trip. 750 miles. And hopefully no return trip.


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Go to a local yacht club and borrow or rent a trailer for the weekend and just tow it home. If you need more towing capacity rent a U-haul truck fir a couple hundred bucks and be done with it.

I used to tow my Olson 30 around all the time without any issues (I have a 9500lbs towing capacity). Other than being a pain in crosswinds it wasn't that bad.

While you are borrowing the trailer ask around for any of the local college age sailing jocks and pay them $100 to come with you for the day and help you get it all rigged well.
This! That is what I would do. Rent a heavy duty truck and find a trailer. I have a trailer shop that is right now welding mods to a trailer for way cheap. But, they are a boat/trailer maker so they know how to do it right.
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Re: Anyone tow or hire a truck?

Yes it can be done....

This is how I brought my boat home from Washington DC to Wisconsin 800 miles

Flat bed equipment trailer and well constructed wooden bunk...I have some skills, tools and a plan...( I made the plan part up)...this was temporary and cost very little...



This is the trailer I purpose built to dry slip my boat at the marina...( and take it home in the winter) Welded Steel, bunks and electric brakes...
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6500# boat, 1000# Trailer, 7800# towing capacity on truck (I was probably a little over with the flatbed)

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On a boat your size it might be cheaper and easier to sell it in WA and buy a new one in CA. It sucks to invest time into working on a boat then flip it, but you are probably looking at $3000 minimum to move it (including yard time at both ends).
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I know, Alex, I know. I can't this time. If I can't go to California, I promised myself I would keep the boat. I put work into the Ranger and was sad to see it go. Now, you know I wanted something a bit bigger, so it worked out well, but still. I need to keep a boat and love it and learn it. I'm sticking with this one. If I don't make it to CA, which I will! but if I don't....still keeping the boat.

It's the yard time I'll have to find out about. What all is involved? Is it mostly stuff I can do? Drop the mast, remove engine, secure mast and boom. Pay for haul out, truck. Or is it more involved than I think.


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Different yards will vary in price, but I paid $280 to have the boat lifted into the cradle and have the keel stepped mast pulled and laid on top...Ft Washington, Md...figure close to the same to get it put back together.

I pulled all the rigging prior to them lifting the boat, I removed the OB motor and put in truck along with rudder (now I leave the rudder on)... I secured the mast to boat and boat to trailer...all things you can do yourself...

I own the trailer, straps binders and chain, but you could probably rent ...Cost me gas to get home, I slept in the boat at a wayside on the way back.

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I bought the boat on E-Bay for $760.... I probably should have looked at where it was located before I confirmed the bid...

But I got the boat home, fixed up and I love it....wouldn't give it up for anything right now...

Just took it this weekend 120 miles to the Apostle Islands for the summer...third year now...costs $100 to get the mast stepped, I rig and rag and get it ready to launch at the ramp...

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It's the yard time I'll have to find out about. What all is involved? Is it mostly stuff I can do? Drop the mast, remove engine, secure mast and boom. Pay for haul out, truck. Or is it more involved than I think.
The major costs are using the Travel Lift to haul the boat out and a crane to drop the mast. If your mast is designed to be lowered using equipment on the boat then you can probably save a couple hundred on either end. You might also be able to get time on a dinghy/dry-sailed boat crane to remove the mast yourself (it depends on the policy for using that crane at marinas you would be near).

I think you'll save a lot of money by doing the other big parts yourself. Preparing standing rigging, removing sails and boom, engine, etc.

You'll probably be paying either the yard or the truck for time as soon as the boat is hauled out until it is on it's way, and the same at the other end.

I do understand wanting to invest in and keep a boat. I just brought it up because I think you haven't sailed this one yet and so you might not have bonded with it yet.

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On a boat your size it might be cheaper and easier to sell it in WA and buy a new one in CA. It sucks to invest time into working on a boat then flip it, but you are probably looking at $3000 minimum to move it (including yard time at both ends).
Exactly what I was thinking, even started shopping for you.

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