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Old 10-22-2017, 10:01 AM   #1
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Shipping - 42' Grand Banks Classic

We have been told that shipping costs go up dramatically if the vessel is more than 13' above the water line. Is there away to achieve this 13' limit?
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Old 10-22-2017, 10:27 AM   #2
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Interstate bridge clearance is 16' and secondary roads usually have 14.5' of clearance. So it is the total height as the boat sits on the trailer that counts, which is usually about 6" more than the boat's height.

If you talk to a boat shipper, they can do a specific route plan and tell you exactly what the maximum height has to be.

I suspect that you will have to remove the GB's flybridge to get it down to a shipable height.

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Old 10-22-2017, 11:17 AM   #3
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And waterline has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's not going to be shipped in water.
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Shipping gets expensive when the load becomes overwide and/or over height.

Overwide is different from state to state but usually starts at 8’6”. Over height usually starts at 13’6”.

Over wide might require a pilot car, a follow car, day light only travel and even rush hour restrictions.

Over height might require extra mileage to avoid low height bridges.

So if you needed a pilot car, a follow car, could only travel during day light and it all had to travel 2000 miles through three states with various permits, well that could get expensive fast.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:37 AM   #6
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Shipping gets expensive when the load becomes overwide and/or over height.

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Expensive is a dangerous word because we all interpret it differently. I know many who have shipped similar boats and found the shipping to be "quite reasonable", another set of dangerous words as they are different to different people. Now, land shipment is quite a bit less than water, where possible.

I'd suggest the OP ask about a specific route or length of route and some here can then share their experiences and costs and let the OP decide if that's expensive or not. Many have found it still worthwhile to buy boats on the opposite coasts even. Also, if looking at a specific boat and route, call some of the top shippers and find out what it will cost.
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Old 10-23-2017, 10:37 AM   #7
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The key word from BandB is "where possible" when talking about trucking a boat. We found it to be a LOT cheaper to put our boat on a transport in Miami and ship it to Ensenada. The problem was the height more than the width. The expense of removing the fly bridge then reassembling it was as much as the cost of the transport and we still would have had to pay permits, trucking and escorts. Our Ocean Alexander 43 is 22ft from keel to the top of the flybridge, that's with mast down and windscreen off.
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Expensive is the point were it costs more to truck it than to send it on its own bottom.
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