I have a newport 30 on northeast coast that I want to move down to panama city FL. I'd like to buy or rent a trailer for the job.
8500 displacement 30ft6 in LWL 26ft 6 in
4 foot draft. 10ft 8in beam
I have a dodge 3500 so towing is not a problem.
Consider the facts that a trailer for the boat is going to be close to 2000 lbs., require a wide load permit, and possibly escort vehicles due to being over 120 inches wide and probably the better part of 13' or so high when loaded. You will probably require a weight distributing hitch for it as well and electric brakes.
A trailer for this, to purchase, is probably going to be almost as much as hiring someone to haul the boat for you, and that doesn't even count the costs and time of getting all the permits and escort vehicles arranged.
When we got our oday 322 from key west we had a cradle made for her.She was shipped to the UK from Jacksonville FL. WE had to have a police escort all the way up the keys so I would check if you will need a "wide load" permit for any part of your trip.
You might considder having a cradle made and put it on a low loader if the haulage is not too much.
I went the trailer route a few months ago with my 29 Tanzer. Seems to be about the same size. It took a couple weeks of research and a few days of calling around to acquire all the permitting. The guys are right. there are heigght restrictions (13'-6") on most state highways so that you can get under the overpasses easily. There are length restrictions, width restrictions (you should be OK without an escort as long as you are less than 12 ft wide)
You will need WIDE LOAD banners on front of the truck and back of the trailer, as well as flags at the outermost extremities of the load (wherever the boat is widest) . >The permit issuer may impose a speed restriction for their jurisdiction. Each of the states/municipalities involved will have their own set of regs, but by and large they are standard issue. Expect to pay anywhere from 15 to 50 per state in fees for the permits. You will be expected to know your load well, so do your homework, and work out your weight per driven and trailing axle.
There are actually companies that can take care of the permits for you.
Check ebay and craigslist for trailers. Typically the longer the boat the more rareified the trailer becomes, so it might take some time. I can help you source one if you'd like. PM me if you need help.
for this kind of weight, i suggest a triple axle trailer for safety. If you know a good welder you might be able to design one and have him fab it up for you for as little as 3000 to 4000$. like I did. Mine has a brand new custom frame, but 3 used 4500# mobile home axles under it. It was built in a week.
As mentioned by the others, get a good solid hitch & drawbar and make sure that at least 2 of the axles have electric brakes. You will need a brake controller in your cab for them (about 150 bucks)
Hope this helps.