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    Hauling a 3788 overland??

    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.

    Thanks, FP

    #2
    "fighterpilot" post=815770 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?
    1988- 3288, 1994- 3288, now Soul Asset: 2001- 3788 w/330s

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      #3
      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.
      1988- 3288, 1994- 3288, now Soul Asset: 2001- 3788 w/330s

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        #4
        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.

        We need pictures!
        P/C Pete
        Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
        1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
        Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
        MMSI 367770440

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          #5
          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.

          http://www.heavyhaul.net/oversize_pe...-requirements/
          "B on D C", is a 1989 2459 Trophy Offshore HT, OMC 5.7L, Cobra OD, Yamaha 15hp kicker. Lots of toys! I'm no mechanic, just a blue water sailer and woodworker who loves deep sea fishing.
          MMSI: 367637220
          HAM: KE7TTR
          TDI tech diver
          BoD Puget Sound Anglers North Olympic Peninsula Chapter
          Kevin

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            #6
            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.
            1988- 3288, 1994- 3288, now Soul Asset: 2001- 3788 w/330s

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              #7
              "jim.sumi" post=827592 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.
              "B on D C", is a 1989 2459 Trophy Offshore HT, OMC 5.7L, Cobra OD, Yamaha 15hp kicker. Lots of toys! I'm no mechanic, just a blue water sailer and woodworker who loves deep sea fishing.
              MMSI: 367637220
              HAM: KE7TTR
              TDI tech diver
              BoD Puget Sound Anglers North Olympic Peninsula Chapter
              Kevin

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                #8
                Didn't shrink wrap and the boat is clean with just boat soap. A lot of bug blats, but the windshield sponge did the trick. Still don't have the arch back on- way more sealant and silicone to remove than I figured.

                A word of warning- make sure the folks at the dismantle and loading end tape every- EVERY hole and tighten the hatches. Quite a few leaks and wet spots but no staining.
                1988- 3288, 1994- 3288, now Soul Asset: 2001- 3788 w/330s

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                  #9
                  "jim.sumi" post=828779 wrote:
                  Didn't shrink wrap and the boat is clean with just boat soap. A lot of bug blats, but the windshield sponge did the trick. Still don't have the arch back on- way more sealant and silicone to remove than I figured.

                  A word of warning- make sure the folks at the dismantle and loading end tape every- EVERY hole and tighten the hatches. Quite a few leaks and wet spots but no staining.
                  Glad to hear it went well.

                  Back to the OP, fighterpilot, have you made your move yet?
                  "B on D C", is a 1989 2459 Trophy Offshore HT, OMC 5.7L, Cobra OD, Yamaha 15hp kicker. Lots of toys! I'm no mechanic, just a blue water sailer and woodworker who loves deep sea fishing.
                  MMSI: 367637220
                  HAM: KE7TTR
                  TDI tech diver
                  BoD Puget Sound Anglers North Olympic Peninsula Chapter
                  Kevin

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jim.sumi View Post
                    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.
                    My turn to move one of these. When you say bridge console what are you referring to? The gauge cluster? How much additional clearance did you get by doing this? If the goal is 14' and even doing this only brings height down to 14'2" if leaving the console in place is 14'10"? Would that make any real difference?
                    Tony Bacon,
                    Washougal, WA
                    Caspian, MMSI 338355743
                    1997 3788 Cummins 250hp

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                      #11
                      I think it depends on the route- going across the states meant a lot of uncertainties for permits. If you're just hauling up the coast, Chris can probably use his software to figure out what the differences are.
                      1988- 3288, 1994- 3288, now Soul Asset: 2001- 3788 w/330s

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