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Transport a sailboat by land.

I want to transport a keel stepped sailing boat (Caliber 33) by land.
Has anybody some experience with land transport within the US?
A company able to transport the boat without taking out the mast maybe?

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A company able to transport the boat without taking out the mast maybe?
not a good idea if you are going more than a couple of hundred feet...
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Just had one shipped

I just had a 35 ft. boat shipped, the broker said to figure $2.85 per mile plus 20% of the total. Turned out to be a good estimate. Of course that doesn't include haulout, loading on the truck, decommissioning, crane rental for mast unstepping, etc.

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Yes. Decommissioning is basically taking all the stuff off the boat (like standing and running rigging, and the boom, for example) that was put on it when it was commissioned. That would include unstepping and stowing the mast.
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When I had my boat shipped about 700 miles it cost $2800.00 plus tolls, both ways ! They had to remove the bow spirt because it wouldn't fit under the overpasses.

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Max height for anything carried on the trailer is 13.5 feet.
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I want to transport a keel stepped sailing boat (Caliber 33) by land.
Has anybody some experience with land transport within the US?
A company able to transport the boat without taking out the mast maybe?

Pls help.
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Exactly how is the boat supposed to get under bridges, overpasses and power lines if the mast is still up? A Caliber 33 probably has a 38-40' mast, and very few roads have a vertical clearance of 50'+ for their entire length.

Brownell and several others can transport your boat for you, and you can e-mail or call them for price quotes. Being flexible on the pickup/delivery dates can often save you some money on the transport... You will probably need to pay for escort vehicles as your boat probably qualifies as a wide load in most states.

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Max height for anything carried on the trailer is 13.5 feet.
Not true... but 13.5' is important since that is the minimum height required without a posted sign by the Interstate Highway System. Bridges and tunnels with a clearance less than 13.5' have to have a sign posted stating the maximum clearance. You can have taller loads on a trailer, but you have to be much more careful about where you travel.

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I trucked a 32 foot boat from Dana Point California to Newburyport Massachusetts for $4,600 plus the crane haul out etc. That is about as far as you can drive going across the US so you can figure on your haul falling somewhere under that figure. Yachtworld.com has great links to transporters.
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