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renting a Uhaul and driving it down myself is still cheaper than paying a boat moving company to come and get it. Sadly, most of my friends have sports and family cars. The only person I could use to go get it with a truck is currently in florida

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What about renting a vehicle and a temp hitch in NJ and driving round trip. May be cheaper and more convenient than all those trains.


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Unfortunately..My experience with Uhaul is they will ONLY let a person tow another UHAUL trailer, and not any thing else, period. This was a few years ago. Only certain Uhaul big trucks had a hitch and it was a certain size and was non-removable. I called all the rental truck places and none would do it. I ended up buying an old Ford diesel pickup to tow it. (if things are still the same, you might find some one advertising on Craigslist to tow it)... or look at Uship.com online and have others bid to tow your Sailboat. Please let me/us know what you find out.
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Re: Just bought a boat.

Our boats are related. Clint Pearson built the Sea Sprite after he left to start Bristol. If you look at the lines, even the Sea Sprite 23 has some of the same lines as the Pearson 35.

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Great boat. I believe the designer was Carl Alberg, designer of most of the Cape Dories. Sea Sprite and Cape Dory owner associations a good info resources. Good luck with it.
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What is your plan for the boat, are you leaving it on a mooring or in a slip? Will you be having a marina launch and haul her, or will you need this equipment sooner rather than later? Train fare and truck rental is going to add up quickly. I would consider putting the money toward a tow vehicle, if you're going to need one anyway.

If they is just a one way trip and you'll not need the trailer again, I'm certain you could pay someone to drive up there and tow it back. Its a two day roundtrip, with one overnight.


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Congrats...
You have enough advice on here already so I will leave it at that
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The Sea Sprite 23 is a very pretty boat, tall rig with jumper struts as I recall. "Hitch Hiker" crossed the Atlantic
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What is your plan for the boat, are you leaving it on a mooring or in a slip? Will you be having a marina launch and haul her, or will you need this equipment sooner rather than later? Train fare and truck rental is going to add up quickly. I would consider putting the money toward a tow vehicle, if you're going to need one anyway.

If they is just a one way trip and you'll not need the trailer again, I'm certain you could pay someone to drive up there and tow it back. Its a two day roundtrip, with one overnight.
in the long run, the trailer is cheaper. It will allow me to store the boat at home rather than the $1000 a marina would want for winter storage. This is money I can put into the boat (and vendors hands) rather than the marina's. I will still pay them to haul it out, but I would rather store her in my drive for the winter where I can do some work.

Train fair is about $150ish.. (depends on the day) and the Quote from Uhaul is $400 (but there are always add on fees) but that is still cheaper than the other Sea Sprite I was looking at. That boat would have required hauling, shipping, and then blocking and relaunching. It also required a fair bit of work, this one needs only a minor amount, most of which can be done in water

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Make sure to check the lugs on the trailer wheels. I bought a boat in NY and while on the NJ turnpike lost a wheel. It went past us and went across 6 lanes before stopping.

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