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Hauling a 3788 overland?? 02 Jul 2017 21:06 #1

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I’m interested in a 3788 boat but finding one down here in the Gulf so it can be brought home on the water and save $10,000 in cost is limiting availability I have found the one offered by a member of the forum. That one I will have to accept the slower cruise, but sounds like a well equipped boat.

I have searched the forum looking for information on hauling a 3788 overland. I used, such words as hauling, trucking, radar arch removal, transporting, etc. and found a few posts that seem to indicate it has been done without removing the flybridge, which I don’t want to do. One post talked about removing the radar arch, windshield and the helm station. Another talks about the steering wheel. Don’t know what is meant by “helm station”. The instrument panel housing arcs up, but not sure if that gets above windshield or not. If the instrument panel cluster has to come off than that is more than I want to take on.

As to permissible height on the road, I understand 13.5 the legal limit, but one post suggested their hauler got a permit to go higher, but had to stay below 15 feet. Another member noted theirs measured 14’and some inches on the trailer and the hauler wouldn’t take it. Any comments on those figures? Does anyone know the measurements of the boat from the bottom of the keel to the top of the instrument panel on the bridge? I believe removing the windshield, the steering wheel, and the radar arch would leave the instrument panel as the high point. If that won’t work than got to plan on water trip.

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Hauling a 3788 overland?? 20 Aug 2017 21:24 #2

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fighterpilot wrote: One post talked about removing the radar arch, windshield and the helm station


It's my understanding that the inset for the upper helm can be lowered by removing a few screws, lifting, turning then lowering without disconnecting anything. Anyone out there have first hand knowledge? And if that's done do the rudders still have to come off?

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Hauling a 3788 overland?? 27 Sep 2017 18:52 #3

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The boat is now ready to lift onto the truck bed. Props, rudders, radar arch, venturi, and helm seat are off. Bridge console is unscrewed and dropped without unhooking anything. The height is now 14'- 1/2" from bottom of keel to highest point of fiberglass on bridge. The truck I'm using has a bed that's 10" off the ground. Apparently some newer trailers have one or more grooves in the bed that either or both the keel or shafts can drop into to save a couple more inches.

We're over the preferred height but there's nothing more to be taken off realistically, so that just means another pilot car in some states.

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Hauling a 3788 overland?? 27 Sep 2017 19:45 #4

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Most interstate bridges are at least 16' to facilitate military transport. Believe it or not the interstate system was and continues to be built to move military equipment. It may mean that your boat will take some strange, indirect routing, but most of these guys are familiar with the clearances and the permits, in some states, will also direct the route.
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Hauling a 3788 overland?? 27 Sep 2017 20:58 #5

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We had our motorsailer trucked from FL to PNW, and we had to get the max height to 14' on the trailer. Some of that was for the maximum height restrictions, and some was to avoid the surcharge for additional height. I'm sure there are side routes they could take, but I not sure if you could make it on all Interstates.

Granted, some maximum heights are more than the standard heights, and some laws have changed since we hauled our boat, but this site will give you an idea of what you are dealing with.

www.heavyhaul.net/oversize_permits-escorts-requirements/

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Hauling a 3788 overland?? 13 Oct 2017 21:29 #6

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Our loaded height is 14'-10" and that's with about 10" for the trailer. 14'-6" would have saved some permits and second/third cars in some states. Permit requirements and road construction are apparently the key determinants to routing, as the truck started out in Maryland across the water from Baltimore, ended up just east of Lexington, KY the first night and is now headed back up towards I-90. They finalize routing and permits only a couple of days in advance. Didn't shrink wrap, so here's hoping there's a minimum of snow en route, which adds sand and salt to the mix.

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Hauling a 3788 overland?? 13 Oct 2017 22:53 #7

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jim.sumi wrote: Didn't shrink wrap, so here's hoping there's a minimum of snow en route, which adds sand and salt to the mix.


FWIW, fighterpilot, if you are using a semi-tractor, while sand, snow and salt are an issue, the diesel truck exhaust is an even bigger one. Our boat was a gummy, dingy gray by the time it got here. Lots of scrubbing. Even though we had it shrink wrapped, the cold and wind shattered it en route.

Please let us know when it gets here.

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