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Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

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That's exactly what I'm thinking. I don't expect it to be cheaper than yard storage, but I would be able to get an amazing amount of work done on her.

I can easily estimate all the costs except for the trucking. I was hoping someone here had a rough idea.
I was planning on bringing my 26' Etap home, after four years on the hard in a marina, eating me out of house and home. I got a price using a hydraulic trailer that was about the same as the winter storage cost, and I'd have to buy stands. It all ended when when I damaged the retractable keel I had just rebuilt in trying to put it back on! Then the hurricane came along and roughed up the marina, so there she sits for another winter.

The biggest advantage to bringing it home? It doesn't matter if you get it finished over the winter. If life happens, the problems are harder to fix than you thought, prostate cancer, the boat carpenter you hire disappears after his wife is killed in an accident, your dad breaks his ankle, then his hip. You know just the usual stuff!

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Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

Let's say a new custom trailer for a 30 footer costs $8k.
Companies that haul mobile homes charge ~ 3-5 bucks/mile.
How long will it take to get your $ back?



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Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

i have a 6 wheel galvanized steel trailer i got with my 30 ft nimble express. i use the yards boom to lift out my keel stepped mast and store it at the marnia--about $150. they put the boat on my trailer -$175 , and i tow it home with my pick up. total towing weight about 8,000 lbs. 27 miles & 850 ft elevation.
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Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

I save about $1000.00 hauling home but am only about 12 miles from the boat yard.

I save on:

Storage fees $1700.00 vs. a $530.00 round trip truck ride
Shrink wrapping $900.00 vs. $300.00 (DIY with a buddy who has the guns)
Pressure washing $200.00 vs. free (own a pressure washer)
Stand rentals $210.00/winter vs. free (Got them used for $20.00 each)

It costs the same on:

Haul / Launch
Mast step/unstep (our mast HAS to come out each winter due to design)
Mast storage
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Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

Mine is only 26' but I built the trailer like Dale mentioned and bring the boat home in the winter....Building the trailer not only allows me to launch and retrieve my own boat at a landing, (you could pay for haul out and placement on trailer) but also provides a stable work platform and eliminates the need for stands and possible second crane trip at home...



Nothing special to look at ( I do plan on painting the trailer this spring) but it gets the job done and cost less that a grand to build...



40 miles with some special permits and licensed hauler and you should be fine hauling 36' and 12' width to get it where its convenient for you...They haul bigger stuff than that all the time...modular homes for example, I have some experience moving those in and out of town and permits and a police escort are not that hard to come by...

If I didn't have the boat at home over the long winter, I never would have gotten 'er ready to sail this spring...Just the mileage to and from the marina would kill the incentive to go out and work on it...

Plus all the tools are at home, I'm familiar with the hardware store and material suppliers in the area (although a lot comes in off the net...) and I'm a lot less strict on noise and dust at my place (if your marina even allows DIY work)...

I live on a farm have the room, no neighbors to speak of and a barn to store/work on it in...You didn't mention where you want to take it but hopefully the area will be receptive to your rather large "lawn ornament"...
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In the yard due to crowding you would be hard pressed to even keep a ladder chained to the boat to do DIY tasks there packed so tight

In my area there is limited room at all the yards so there fairly good about working with you take it home

The mast has to come down no matter where it stays

It is PITA to keep it on top of the boat and its faster for the yard to keep it on there racks so it ends up cheaper in my case to store the mast there
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Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

Plus being at home I never have to worry about "mast up" boats toppling over onto our boat:




Also in the spring I never have to worry about IGNORANT boaters skirting the rules and sanding their bottom with no dust collection system like they guy who showed up on a Sunday and covered every boat in the yard in green dust that took myself alone over 30 hours to clean! Some people who were ready to go in had THOUSANDS of dollars in canvas destroyed.

I can also "prep" my bottom paint in the spring with our 3000 PSI pressure washer. Sure beats Scotch-Brite or sanding. I can't do that in a boat yard...


At home I also have my own shore power and don't have to worry about the breaker being overloaded ten times on a Saturday... That is my barn where my tools live.... Forget a tool...... Takes two seconds to grab it..


Because of how the driveway for the boat was installed and the massive Hemlock hedge I cna get away with my own custom "vestibule" for the boat which makes getting on and off the boat easy as pie.. My ladder can also stay there all winter.....



You would pay a TON of money for a shrink job like this (used to cost me about $900.00 for a job not as well done). At most yards you can not DIY shrink wrap nor bring in an outside contractor... This costs me $300.00 and NOTHING touches my Awlcraft 2000 finish....


Also good luck getting a yards shrink wrappers to do the finer details like perimeter boards, perimeter board support struts and cross ties... Oh and you want removable cross ties so you can work on it... ha ha ha ahhhh...

Perimeter board, perimeter board support struts and REMOVABLE cross ties...


Also good luck trying to get the yards shrink wrap guys to give you "proper pitch" for your cover. We got 10"+ of some wet sticky white stuff yesterday and the cover this morning had ZERO snow on it.... The way it should be..

Pitch!

Taken out the bedroom window 5 minutes ago NO SNOW.



So there is more to hauling home than just saving money. Even if it cost the same I'd haul home. Took me a while to get the pad and driveway installed but it is soooooooooo worth it....
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Re: hauling her home instead of storing at the yard

It cost me $650.00 to have our boat hauled 150 miles to our house when we bought her. If I had kept her in a yard while working on her, I'd have close to 3K in storage fees to date. For me this works.
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It cost me $650.00 to have our boat hauled 150 miles to our house when we bought her. If I had kept her in a yard while working on her, I'd have close to 3K in storage fees to date. For me this works.
Also don't forget to factor in the gas you spend money on every time you visit the boat at the yard and your time spent driving to and fro that could be better spent actually working on the boat or spent with family.......
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I store my 38 foot Irwin at home. I built a shed for her to spend the winter inside. I work on her all winter long. Going rate in this area is between $10 and $15 per foot. I live less than 1 mile from the marina so no mileage charge. hauling her home instead of storing at the yard-imageuploadedbytapatalk1356708326.899872.jpghauling her home instead of storing at the yard-imageuploadedbytapatalk1356708385.264445.jpghauling her home instead of storing at the yard-imageuploadedbytapatalk1356708428.524194.jpg
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