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catbert
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getting to water

Post by catbert »

How do you guys get boats that are too big for trailers to the ocean?

Brian Eager
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Post by Brian Eager »

There is a whole industry that specializes in heavy hauling, rigging, yacht transport and other weird requests. These people are pros, and are paid handsomely to take care of permits, police escorts, overhead wire relocations, etc, etc, etc.

It is insanely expensive, so that is why most big boats are built near to the water they will float on.

Try this link to see how one fellow built and launched a big boat.

http://www.glen-l.com/misc/yukonart1.html

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catbert
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Post by catbert »

Is ten miles "far" ? because i might be able to get it launched at the beach I live near, I don't think there would be many lines and I might be able to get the parks to give permission. The reason is I want to build the amigo, but I don't want to build a trailer.

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Post by Brian Eager »

You could ask around at your local boatyard, marina. Check the Yellow Pages for heavy hauling, specialized moving, maybe boat moving. Ten miles might not be bad for the distance. How tall is the Amigo keel to cabin top? If less than 12 feet, you ought to be in good shape.
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basilkies
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Post by basilkies »

My buddy had a 27 foot Cascade and he towed it from Los Angeles to Portland. Your Amigo is no problem. Start looking around for boat yards and you will eventually find trailers for sailboats. Someone will either let you use it or rent it. WHen they find out you built the boat they will most likely want to help.

You will have to trailer it with the mast down and if it is too large to tip up then you will have to have a crane lift it while you fasten the rigging. I suggest you go watch or ask if you can help, so you can see how this is done.

Don't count on any ramp being capable to launch your boat. You will most likely need a good ramp and do it at high tide or high water. That way you can get the boat deep enough.

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Post by catbert »

yeah I realized a couple days ago that I probably can't launch it in town for three reasons:
1. the beach is owned by the air force base
2. It's probably too shallow where it's not gov. owned.
3. Theres no boat ramps.

But about an hour away there is a port with a boat sling. would that work?

basilkies
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Post by basilkies »

Sure a sling will work. It also should be capable of holding the mast when you mount it. You only need to grab the mast slightly over half way up.

You might check, around here you have to provide your own sling. I bet firehose will work, three to four inch. Now, you just need to find a station that is getting rid of some old hose.

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Just don't get caught out like this guy. http://www.sukanenmuseum.ca/frames.html

I grew up not far from where he built this thing and now have a cabin even closer. The last owner before the museum was also the owner of the Whitebear Hotel, Whitebear being just down the road from my uncle's farm.
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