Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Arkansas USA
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To do this move I had to balance needs and assets. I sold an old Bronco which I had used as a farm truck then became the funds for my new project. It was always cool to drive but marginal as a work truck. I bought a 94 F350 turbo diesel, single rear wheels and 5speed transmission. There was a crazy looking trailer just down the road from it with a 40' bed and had a steel tube frame around the top of it with risers that looked like natural boat stands. I got the truck and trailer for $4000 including a gooseneck hitch that fit the trailer. I did some work to the truck and bought tires for the trailer which all together came to about $1000. The fuel, permits, insurance and food for the trip came to $1500 and I made a sleeper in the back of the truck so I never stayed in a hotel. I did also buy some cable winches and a 10 ton jack and loads of 2" 10000lb ratchet straps that came to $250.
The way I see it, the marine transporters were going to charge $7000 and would leave me with a boat in my yard that I would have to pay to move again. Now I have a great truck that will haul anything and a boat on a cradle not to mention her stands which came with her and if I need to I can use the trailer to go pick up another boat I could use for parts to feed my restoration. In theory I still have money left over.