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Hurican Sandy Aloa 34

I'm taking the plunge and buying the Aloa 34, that was swamped by sandy. It has hull rash from being on its side and the motor is TBD. The motor could be anywhere from service it and start er up - to a saltwater total loss. I'm taking the risk but the initial cost is cheap. I know, I know, "free" boat are too expensive. But this boat isnt exactly free so ... lol.

The owner says that the interior has no water dmg and that it looks like it was lifted off it's stand and then on to its side as water went out - rashing it's side, bottom, and keel. Otherwise, previous owner states that sails and riggings are all in "good" condition. I'm assuming good to fair on everything.

The boat is up in NY - NJ area on the hard. 1st problem is logistics 1) My 1st choice would be to haul it back home to TX. I could drive up hook up and pull er home. I'm not sure what the logistics of finding a trailer and whether I could pull it cross country. Plus there are the "wide load" and permits etc etc. - anyone knowledgeable or done this before?

According sailboatdata dot com it's a 9,000 lb boat.

2nd and less attractive option would be to 2) patch it up where it is in NYC enough to get it in the water and and sail it south somewhere that will be warmer and cheaper to work on it. I'd need advice on a DIY yard somewhere in the VA to Fl area to hole up and work on it - and find a place to stay warm at nite while I get it ship shape.

It's paid for thru the winter at the yard where it sits. If I could haul it back over the road I could do it immediately. - I'd need some advice from the members on here on how to do it without hiring it out for 10K.

If I have to sail back, I'd have anywhere from now until spring, other than having the yard pickle the motor, to get it in well enough shape to sail south. I could take 2 - 3 mo to fix and sail to TX. I'm on a fixed income so I'm doing this on as close to a shoestring budget as I can.

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P.S. It says i dont have enough posts to attach pictures. After some feedback about moving the boat, I'll be able to post some pics and discuss repair issues.

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Re: Hurican Sandy Aloa 34

Yer gonna need a proper, weight rate trailer, all the oversize permits per states driven thru, a CDL AND a *real* truck!
Yer prolly looking at near to 12K gross, mebbe more. I don;t think yer street truck will cut it for that longa haul.
Best would be to contact a Pro sail hauler and get a quote, point-to-point for the given make/model/weight.

AFA DIY??
Once again; get a quote on dockage/ work yard AND figget three times what yer best estimate is on the $$ to get 'er ready to sail there. Also, figger it;ll take ya three times as long to do the work.

Hope it all works out for ya
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Re: Hurican Sandy Aloa 34

I actually have a class A CDL. I just need to find the equipment and the permit info to move it.
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Re: Hurican Sandy Aloa 34

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I'm taking the plunge and buying the Aloa 34, that was swamped by sandy. It has hull rash from being on its side and the motor is TBD. The motor could be anywhere from service it and start er up - to a saltwater total loss. I'm taking the risk but the initial cost is cheap. I know, I know, "free" boat are too expensive. But this boat isnt exactly free so ... lol.

The owner says that the interior has no water dmg and that it looks like it was lifted off it's stand and then on to its side as water went out - rashing it's side, bottom, and keel. Otherwise, previous owner states that sails and riggings are all in "good" condition. I'm assuming good to fair on everything.

The boat is up in NY - NJ area on the hard. 1st problem is logistics 1) My 1st choice would be to haul it back home to TX. I could drive up hook up and pull er home. I have a full size V8 SUV. I'm not sure what the logistics of finding a trailer and whether a V8 SUV could pull it cross country. Plus there are the "wide load" and permits etc etc. - anyone knowledgeable or done this before?

According sailboatdata dot com it's a 9,000 lb boat.

2nd and less attractive option would be to 2) patch it up where it is in NYC enough to get it in the water and and sail it south somewhere that will be warmer and cheaper to work on it. I'd need advice on a DIY yard somewhere in the VA to Fl area to hole up and work on it - and find a place to stay warm at nite while I get it ship shape.

It's paid for thru the winter at the yard where it sits. If I could haul it back over the road I could do it immediately. - I'd need some advice from the members on here on how to do it without hiring it out for 10K.

If I have to sail back, I'd have anywhere from now until spring, other than having the yard pickle the motor, to get it in well enough shape to sail south. I could take 2 - 3 mo to fix and sail to TX. I'm on a fixed income so I'm doing this on as close to a shoestring budget as I can.

Suggestions?

P.S. It says i dont have enough posts to attach pictures. After some feedback about moving the boat, I'll be able to post some pics and discuss repair issues.
Considering the relative rarity of these yachts, I suspect the boat you are contemplating/buying is one that belonged to a member here aka AndreasNYC. Considering that, you might do well to work with him in your efforts to reconstruct the yacht.

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Re: Hurican Sandy Aloa 34

I'm curious how you found this boat?
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Re: Hurican Sandy Aloa 34

FYI NY and NJ are extremely strict on permitting and travel restrictions for oversize loads especially if you are crossing any bridges. Parts of NY around the city now require police escorts and you have to travel in the wee hours of the morning. Everything has to be by the book.

You would absolutely need a much larger truck than you have to haul that boat. You can try UShip.com to get some bids from truckers to see what the options are. Be sure anyone you hire is licensed and bonded so that the boat is protected in transit.
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Re: Hurican Sandy Aloa 34

You are probably going to spend $10,000 on a trailer. A place in Michigan? custom makes trailers for boats of this size and you will probably need something a little bigger than an half ton SUV. You will likely need a one ton with a transmission cooler. IMHO hiring a hauler might be more efficient.
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Re: Hurican Sandy Aloa 34

so shipping is more than the ship itself.... What does that tell ya'?
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Re: Hurican Sandy Aloa 34

It's looking like shipping it cross country is out of the question based on what the boat would be worth AFTER time and $ fixing it up.

The other option is sailing it to Houston. My preference would be enough patching to get it to the point I could sail it. There are no holes in the hull - just rashing. Winds are against me all the way down to FL and this boat, even though its 34' it only has a 24.6' LWL. Seems like it will heal a lot.
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Re: Hurican Sandy Aloa 34

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I'm curious how you found this boat?
Found a post from a member on this site. Search for the "Aloha 34 Salvage" thread (General Interest Forums > Boat Review and Purchase Forum > Boat Buyers & Sellers Forum)
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