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Need tips on moving a small wooden Catspaw Dinghy from R.I. to CA

Just wondering if this might be the place to get ideas on moving a wooden catspaw dinghy from Portsmouth R.I. to the Bay Area in California. Its dimensions are
12 Length /52 Width/ 26 Height

I would like to bring it West to live, where it can be repaired, rowed, and sailed again! Has anyone had any luck finding a cheap and safe ride for a small boat coast to coast? My brother said it actually fit inside one of those Conversion vans once. Thanks, Carol
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Re: Need tips on moving a small wooden Catspaw Dinghy from R.I. to CA

Try U-Haul if you are driving. It would also fit in a full size van. Lots of ways to skin a small boat. A car trailer also would work. Depends a lot on what else has to go and the money availiable for the project. It's a boat!!

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You could cartop that.
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Re: Need tips on moving a small wooden Catspaw Dinghy from R.I. to CA

Probably cheaper to sell it.. buy the kit and build another

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Re: Need tips on moving a small wooden Catspaw Dinghy from R.I. to CA

It will never pay to incur a cost to move it, especially if it needs repair anyway. It's small enough, that it should fit with a UHaul, if you're moving anyway. However, before I spent money moving and fixing it, I would follow Denise's advice.


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or, cut it in half and reassemble it as a nesting dinghy when it gets to the new home

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Thanks, folks, for these ideas. It seemed to me pretty heavy to rooftop it, but maybe on a tough enough roof! I'd also be interested if someone has a spot in a truck already coming to CA sometime, to save costs. Carol
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Check with the national freight haulers. They often have unsold room on cross country legs that can be relatively cheap. However, you likely need to get it to one of their depots and shrink wrap it, if not crate it. Still, it seems more money than it s worth.


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Thanks for the advice about the unused part of someone else's freight trip... will look into that. And, also, for the timely recommendation about the Margaritas and how they "fix anything". (I'll look into THAT!) This is a boat built so lovingly by someone dear to me who died, and so its value is priceless. It's been sitting since his death and needs a transom replacement and a sprung plank reinstalled. There is an amazing boat repair workshop here in San Francisco that I'm hoping would work on it with me, if I can ever swing this. It's the SF branch of the folks that build them on the East Coast. So, it is of course not Sensible in any way to bring this boat from R.I. to the West Coast, but what I understand well about this site is that boats take on a special and sometimes outrageous role in many of our lives. This particular boat is the one I need! Thanks, everybody, Carol
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I know woman boat builder that hangs out here
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