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Not sure who or what pacific trailers is.....there is aplace in bellingham that can custom build a trailer for you. Along with it would not surprise me if you could not get one from some of the other boat trailer places also.
Going south or somehow thru denver would be best. If you do it in the summer, then go I90 etc out of here. I90 is not that bad for grades etc overall.

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Marty... Thanks I will look into the Bellingham trailer place... I sent the data to Pacific trailers to see how long it would take to get a custom made trailer... we'll see about the quotes and time frames to get it to my marina.

Regarding the dates to move the boat it will have to be March, son will be gone over the summer on college excursion... planning on I-5 south to Bakersfield and I-10 all the way till I-75 then I-16 straight into Savannah... I have done this route over 6 times in the past... yes gas will be the big culprit and I figure a good $1500 approx or more in gas/diesel... looking to get the boat down without too much cost... towing it down myself seems the most frugal... but there is always doubt somewhere...
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Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

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Most of the folks that specialize in hauling boats have hydraulic boat trailers.
Other's fly the boat onto a flatbed with a crane or travelift.

JRD's sons quote was expensive in part due to the boat's length & beam, it exceeded 102" so wide load permits were needed in every state & some states also require an escort with a load that wide.

I'm not trying to discourge you but I personally would not but a used trailer & have someone else tow it. Any problems on the road with the trailer is going to cost you bigtime....

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Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

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The place in bellingham typically has an add in the back of 48north.

What type of boat are you moving? If it is like an SJ24, trailers are pretty easy to come by to a degree. If say a catalina 27.....might be a bit harder to find a used one.

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The place in bellingham typically has an add in the back of 48north.

What type of boat are you moving? If it is like an SJ24, trailers are pretty easy to come by to a degree. If say a catalina 27.....might be a bit harder to find a used one.

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Marty... the boat is a Bayliner US-25, weighs 3750 lbs empty but we know with all the junk we have in them we'll add another 250 lbs... the trailer is approx. 1500 pounds (pad type) so we are talking 5500 lbs +/- being towed behind an F250 truck rated for towing 10K lbs... the trailer I'm looking will have either electric and or hydraulic brakes depending on who makes the trailer for me.

Lets hope I get a good quote soon as I'm ready for getting some fun in the sun with the wife, son, daughter, and grandson... teach my son all aspects of this sailboat, have him started in this sailing hobby... there is a thread about getting young kids started into sailing... this is one way.

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Isle Of Hope Marina - Savannah, Georgia in Savannah, Georgia, United States - Home

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Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

" problem is after it's all done I'm left with a about $3000-6000 added to the value of the boat which is 'gone'... of course if I drive it myself I can sell the truck and trailer once the boat is in water "
I don't think so. If you buy a used truck, you'll be lucky to have nothing go wrong or need repairs. If oyu buy a new truck, the devaluation and sales tax will be major losses. Either way you've got fuel costs, motels, food...It won't be a cheap trip.

The only way I can see it making sense, if if you're planning to move by packing a small rental truck and trucking EVERYTHING cross-country. Then the boat and trailer can be hitched behind and just be a parasite on the larger load, and the extra fuel still won't be cheap.

If the boat is worth the costs, by all means take it. But if you're going to throw thousands of dollars into it...makes more sense to leave it behind unless you've got something really special.
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Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

This chart should be valuable for all trailer sailors, as well as anyone buying a new vehicle and plans to do some towing. The list includes all trucks and cars and all of the engine, transmission and axle combinations.
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" problem is after it's all done I'm left with a about $3000-6000 added to the value of the boat which is 'gone'... of course if I drive it myself I can sell the truck and trailer once the boat is in water "
I don't think so. If you buy a used truck, you'll be lucky to have nothing go wrong or need repairs. If oyu buy a new truck, the devaluation and sales tax will be major losses. Either way you've got fuel costs, motels, food...It won't be a cheap trip.

The only way I can see it making sense, if if you're planning to move by packing a small rental truck and trucking EVERYTHING cross-country. Then the boat and trailer can be hitched behind and just be a parasite on the larger load, and the extra fuel still won't be cheap.

If the boat is worth the costs, by all means take it. But if you're going to throw thousands of dollars into it...makes more sense to leave it behind unless you've got something really special.
Don't think so... I got this sailboat in excellent condition and I mean EXCELLENT for a song... couple had to sell it as they just had a new addition to the family and could not afford the slip fees and insurance/registration costs and were behind on payments... I picked up the payments and a small amount to them to settle the sale... this condition sailboat can't be had in Savannah for less than $8-10,000, I know most of you would say these boats would never sell for that but Seattle and Savannah are two different economies... I've looked for 25 foot similar condition boats and Cat-25's are selling for 10K there and aren't anywhere near the condition this boat is in... this boat easily passed the surveyor's exam with flying colors... even he was impressed by a 1982 boat...

Yes I can buy an F250 truck here used and sell in Savannah quite easily... again people in Savannah are not as 'green' as they are here... I can pick up a slightly used F250 here for a song with low miles and excellent condition and sell it in Savannah in a week or less... the trailer may take some time but there is always someone in the market for one... I'm one of them!

The addition to the cost of the boat is what I am trying to minimize... If I have to pay someone to tow it down then yes that money is 'gone' and can't be realized into the value of the boat... this is why towing it myself is the most logical way to go... what could go wrong? If the truck is reasonably new, trailer is new with new brakes and tires, etc... I see no problem except snow and the weather up in Mount Shasta, everything else is flat roads all the way into Savannah.

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Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

You have obviously made up your mind to do this. Let us know when your done if it works out. It will be a long tow.
BTW on my trip the computer in my truck gave me instant and average mpg. Towing on the flats I was averaging 8 mpg and in the mountains I was getting 4.
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Seaduction... Thanks for the chart... proves my point an F150/F250 is more than capable of towing 5500 lbs with room to spare... one hill... Mount Shasta... that's the tough one!
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You have obviously made up your mind to do this. Let us know when your done if it works out. It will be a long tow.
BTW on my trip the computer in my truck gave me instant and average mpg. Towing on the flats I was averaging 8 mpg and in the mountains I was getting 4.
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Jim... Yes I plan to document the haul out onto the trailer, trip to Savannah, launch at the new marina, etc., should prove quite interesting to say the least! Last time I did this was in 1996 hauling a 19 foot daysailer behind a U-Haul large moving truck loaded to the max as I just sold my house in Seattle and moved to Savannah... unfortunately I sold the daysailer and missed sailing all that time.
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