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Old 11-01-2011
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I'm seriously considering trucking my A35 south this winter. There's just no way I can depart Lake Champlain this year before the locks close and the weather makes sailing impossible. If anyone has trucked her/his boat a long distance, would appreciate any info. about good company to use and any difficulties you may have encountered.
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We trucked our boat down from Rhode Island to Florida back in 2005. Here is our write up on it: Re Metau - Shipping a Ship. Use the Reaching link at the bottom to scroll through the pages.

The company we initially scheduled with canceled on us at the last minute due to hurricane Katrina causing fuel prices to shoot up.

We ended up going with Great Lakes Marine Transit which we were really happy with. They were about $1k cheaper and were nice to work with. Edit: Link to site: http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/glmt/
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I've used Brownell Systems several times for long haul and local moves and have always been pleased with their service (I have no connection to the company). I think the were one of the first truckers to use hydraulic trailers.

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If the boat on the trailer is under the size limits for an oversize load, the process is fairly straightforward. If not, you're into routing, chase cars, and a ton of $$$. Unless you've got a really deep keel, you should be OK with a 35 footer. We used Paul Welles at Triton Yachts in Oriental, NC to move our Catalina 30 from Oriental to Baltimore. No problems, on time, and on budget. I would use Triton again if the need arose.
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