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02-18-2013 09:34 AM
Seaduction
Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

If you can afford the extra cost, the diesel powered trucks provide much more torque that the comparable gasoline engines. (better for towing)
02-18-2013 03:44 AM
rgscpat
Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

We have an older F450 (2002) that we use to tow a a fifth-wheel trailer and a large power boat, and some of our sailboats. Despite the big, older 7.3 liter engine, I still get not-too-awful fuel mileage of around 9 mpg or occasionally better when towing (taking it easy and not in a rush).

One idea might be finding a power boat trailer of adequate beefiness and getting a welding shop to customize it into a sailboat trailer ... add keel pad, side supports, guides, maybe a ladder on the side, etc. and there you have a nice sailboat trailer.

If you'll be taking the southern route, give me a message and we'll keep an eye out for you passing through Arizona and New Mexico.

I assume you'll have something like AAA plus RV, Boat US trailer towing coverage, etc., just in case.
02-17-2013 06:16 PM
jimrafford
Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

My best advice would be to limit the hours you drive each day to around 10. More than that and you will make mistakes. Take your time, check out some sites along the way and enjoy the trip.
I have a place on Ladies Island in SC. I will be there most of march. Will be moving there in a few years. It will be spring there then. Savannah's waterfront is beautiful.
FWIW I had my current sailboat shipped from San Diego to CT. The trip took the driver 8 days.
Jim
02-17-2013 06:02 PM
guitarguy56
Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

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Originally Posted by dongreerps View Post
2913 miles. Long trip. I annually drive San Antonio to Rutland - 2100 miles Takes me 3 days, 2 nights, at the end of which I am whipped. Reading your notes it is clear you really want to drive the trip, and are just looking for justification/support. If you do, please get a long wheel base vehicle.

Making the trip with your son is admirable - if he can drive. If so be sure to get an extended/crew cab, so one can snooze stretched out in the back seat.
Yes 3000 miles was the trip last time... depends on whether we stay along the highway or veer off some for looksie side trips... but not this time... straight shot to Savannah... son drives (21 years old and very good driver... so far )... I am determined to do this but based on the availability of the trailer in time to do this... my son's Spring Break is second week of March so that is my time frame to get this done... if not the boat will sit till end of June when my wife and I can come up with the trailer/truck and move it down... don't want to do that so I'm scrambling now to get the custom trailer made this week... should be a trailer already on hand and just need to add the adjustable pads... anything else I'm missing besides it being a dual axle trailer capable of 8,000 lbs or more? Support is what I need... never towed this much weight... but having the time to be with the son makes this all worth the effort.
02-17-2013 05:50 PM
dongreerps
Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

2913 miles. Long trip. I annually drive San Antonio to Rutland - 2100 miles Takes me 3 days, 2 nights, at the end of which I am whipped. Reading your notes it is clear you really want to drive the trip, and are just looking for justification/support. If you do, please get a long wheel base vehicle.

I strongly urge you to sit down and WRITE down on PAPER a decision tree of the options. Putting the choices down ON PAPER often makes thinking clearer. Include what you would do when problems arise in the trip, all courses.

It is often said on this and other forums that the worst thing one can do while sailing is to be committed to a calendar. I submit the same thing is true in this situation, that is to be committed to a rigid time frame. That way leads to cutting corners, pushing too hard, etc. Just a really bad idea.

Listen to the omens. If a trailer appears that is perfect for the trip, next door, for less than you anticipated, somebody is talking to you. By the same token, if no trailer is available, or has to be custom fabricated for twice what you expected, or won't be available until three days later than you need, listen up.

Making the trip with your son is admirable - if he can drive. If so be sure to get an extended/crew cab, so one can snooze stretched out in the back seat.
02-17-2013 05:49 PM
guitarguy56
Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

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Originally Posted by jimrafford View Post
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.
Jim
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.
02-17-2013 05:43 PM
guitarguy56
Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

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Originally Posted by Seaduction View Post
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.
Truck and SUV Towing Capacity Charts
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!
02-17-2013 05:42 PM
jimrafford
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.
Jim
02-17-2013 04:05 PM
guitarguy56
Re: Moving sailboat to Savannah from Seattle...

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
" 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.
02-17-2013 04:04 PM
Seaduction
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.
Truck and SUV Towing Capacity Charts
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