Originally Posted by Islanders
I am thinking about purchasing a Defever 34 on the west coast and having it shipped east. Does any know the height from the keel to the top of the roof and/or the keel to the top of the fly-bridge? I understand the distance must be less than 14 feet to avoid extra shipping cost. I know the draft and the main salon head room os it looks like it will be close.
Where are you landing on the east coast? Once you get to Northern NJ / near NYC, yes, height becomes a huge issue. If you need to go further north and load high, then I'd consider dropping the boat in the water in NJ and taking by water North from there. You will pay for any detours that need to be taken due to height restrictions that is why higher loading costs more. Anything on top of the boat will add height such as antennas, mounts, etc. I'd take down/remove as much as you can.
I looked at buying a west coast boat a couple years ago. Shipping was $30-50k (boat would've loaded in around 15'10" height). Made no sense especially because west coast boat prices were higher in general. That is also a long distance for a boat to be bouncing on a trailer/pavement. Boats are meant to be in the water. I'd be worried about subjecting a boat to that much stress over land.