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11-14-2009 10:36 AM
sailingdog If you're going to move the boat overland, I would highly recommend getting a recent version of a Trucker's Atlas, as it will have a lot of useful information for planning such a trip.
11-13-2009 09:15 PM
go for it

The fact that your considering do it yourself tells a lot. Most people that don't no what to do shouldn't try it. (that would include the nay sayers) Go ahead and hammer me.
I've done what your planning. Everyone has added good thoughts. I went through eight states and 2500 miles, never bought a permit and no one questioned me. I did have proper signs and flags. I did my move after getting the run around with movers and yards finally realizing I was probably more qualified to do a safe and sane move. Keep your final height below 13' 9" and stay on the interstates to avoid problems. When I made the cradle I used scaffold leveling jacks and lots of water pipe, bits of angle and 1/2 inch bolts.. You should put 50% of the weight on the keel, the rest on the supports. I used four on each side and one under the bow below the water line. The bow one is very important to absorb the shocks, I would not skip it. Bring a really big bottle jack and a spare just in case, repack your bearings, check your brakes, and your good to go.
BTW I would rent or hire a boom truck to load the first time so that you get the tongue weight correct, six inches for or aft can make for 1900 miserable miles. TJ
11-13-2009 04:33 PM
sailingbud I am in Northwest Arkansas just south of Fayetteville on I-540. My situation is very flexible as of now. The boat is tucked away in her barn where I can leave her until Spring. I am anxious to get her home but I am getting more convinced that I should move her myself. If so I will have the ability to move her to water after the refit is done. That said if I ran into a way to make the move easier, safer and cheaper than I have to consider it.
11-13-2009 02:57 PM
I might be able to help

Hi. When is the earliest (weather permitting) that you could move your boat? I have a hydraulic trailer which can self-load up to a 40' sailboat and live in north Louisiana (about 30 miles from the Arkansas border). Where in Arkansas is she going? My situation is somewhat unique and we might be able to find a way which helps both of us. Steve

Note: I know forum rules do not allow sales of products and services and I am not offering such. I am not in the transport business (yet), but have been in the process of buying equipment with the goal of doing this in the future.
11-06-2009 08:06 AM
Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post

Aquarius is not our yacht... Just a boat of the same, rare, type as that of the OP's that I thought he might find of interest.


s/v HyLyte
Okay, I didn't think so, and thanks for the clarification.

The guy who snagged that particular Nantucket Clipper sure bit off a mouthful. I agree that it would have been a shame to let it become "fill" for the new highway, but I wonder if he's in the water even yet?

He knew it had no rudder going in, but I'm sure it was disappointing to learn that the mizzen and main masts that came with the boat didn't actually belong to it.

The blog seemed to trail off, incomplete.
11-05-2009 08:58 PM
blt2ski You might look at having a local boat hauler with a hydralic trailer move the boat to a hoist, where you can then put the boat on a trailer safely and sanely. My step dad did this about 3 yrs ago after building a boat for over 30 yrs. We then took the boat to where it could be fitted with a mast, and a hoist to then put her in the water. For us everything was done within 20 miles, for you it could be different.

Plus's and minus's to all ways. But a custom built trailer for 3500, moving it is easy. boat is 9+'wide, wieghs 6000 lbs, maybe 7000 with the trailer. No issues behind my dually pickup.

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11-05-2009 08:49 PM
svHyLyte John--

Aquarius is not our yacht... Just a boat of the same, rare, type as that of the OP's that I thought he might find of interest.


s/v HyLyte
11-05-2009 07:05 PM
Shipislandpirate Sailing Bud...Check out Should be able to get it moved for around $2.00 a mile or less...Good Luck...

11-05-2009 07:00 PM
Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
You might find the following link of interest AquariusHome

Good Luck!
Is that your boat?

If so, how goes the project?
11-05-2009 05:37 PM
svHyLyte You might find the following link of interest AquariusHome

Good Luck!
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