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Old 07-22-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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Yacht transport - barge?

Hi there,

We live in Kitimat on BC's north coast and are going to look at a 23' pocket cruiser located in Vancouver in a couple weeks. It has a Perkins 4108 with 2500 hours. The present owner is getting on in years, and hasn't bothered putting it in the water this year.

We are going to have it surveyed in a couple days.

Does anybody have advice for transporting it north? It comes with a "custom built" trailer, so driving it up could be dodgy. We have heard of people barging new (to them) boats up from the south coast...any advice?

We've sea kayaked the BC coast (longest trip was six months long) but this will be our first boat, and believe a Vancouver to Kitimat maiden voyage would be nuts.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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From looking on a google map, it appears to be a pretty straight forward proposition to have it trucked over the road by a commercial boat hauler. Might even be able to load the boat on it's existing trailer on to a flat bed and have it trucked that way. Shipping boats by water is usually more expensive than over the road until you get into excessive height or width.

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Old 07-22-2012, 09:19 PM   #3
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Hi Ted,

Thanks for the great tip.

Shouldn't be any issues as far as width goes, as it's 8'2" on the beam. I'll have to check into height restrictions (especially if it's on a trailer, on a flat deck) but don't think that will be a problem either.

Again, thanks a bunch,

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Old 07-23-2012, 02:28 AM   #4
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Truck or haul to Port Hardy, then B.C. Ferries to Prince Rupert? The ferry is expensive but usually comparable to the costs of going by land, without the "adventure" of the road north of Prince George.

There are commercial boat haulers who regularly do the Vancouver/Prince Rupert run with small commercial fishing boats. If you're flexible you might be able to work around a fishery opening when boats are coming south and the trucks would be dead heading north.
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