Sign in to follow this  
woodpecker

Boat Transport from Fla to RI?

Recommended Posts

I have a friend that need a 30' powerboat moved from Fla to RI. No fly bridge. It does not have a trailer.

Any recommendations?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, woodpecker said:

I have a friend that need a 30' powerboat moved from Fla to RI. No fly bridge. It does not have a trailer.

Any recommendations?

 

I.C.W. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Crump's Brother said:

I.C.W. 

The boat has some reliability issues that needs to be addressed in RI otherwise that would be the first choice. Also with the whole Covid thing going on it is not as attractive.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What kind of powerboat? A center console is one thing, but a 30' downeast style boat is a whole other issue.

 

I assume the beam is more than the 8' general limit. FL to RI is a long way to try and truck it without an escort/wide load permit in that case (and I'd be shocked if a company was willing to do that, but some truckers are cowboys), and won't be cheap to do the right (legal) way. If it sits higher than 13' 6" (a real issue for a built-down boat with a keel as opposed to a center console or other powerboat) then trucking it is definitely a no-go.

 

It'd be worth getting quotes from a trucking company but I would imagine that getting repairs done in FL and motoring up the ICW would be cheaper than 1300 miles of highway driving with an escort and permit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The beam is 10'3  and similar to a down east style.

Anything over 8' has to have an escort? 
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just found this for Fla. Not sure about other states hopefully the rules are similar, so I think he does not need an escort.

 

WIDTH LIMITATIONS: 1. Width Greater than 8 feet 6 inches and Less Than or Equal to 10 feet ▪ Movement is permitted all days, daytime hours only. Flags required. 2. Width Greater than 10 feet and Less Than or Equal to 12 feet ▪ All Movement: Warning lights are required, mounted in such a way as to be seen by all approaching traffic. Flags and warning signs are required. Except for local moves, this is the maximum width allowed on a straight truck. ▪ North of Florida City: Movement is permitted daytime hours only excluding holidays described in this document. ▪ South of Florida City: Movement is only permitted Monday - Friday between the hours from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Movement is not permitted on holidays. Movement requires a minimum of one (1) Qualified Escort.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, woodpecker said:

The beam is 10'3  and similar to a down east style.

Anything over 8' has to have an escort? 
 

8' on the local roads around me in coastal MA, I guess 8' 6" is the national limit before you need a wide load permit. Not all states require an escort for 8' 6" loads but 10' 3" may mean you need an escort for most states. It's a patchwork of laws, this site has a lot of info: https://oversize.io/regulations/maximum-width-by-state#

 

We scrape by with our 30' and 40' commercial downeast boats (10' and 15' beam respectively) with no escort for a few miles to the harbor from storage yards, which is fairly common practice around here. This is on local roads with no bridges, powerlines, or traffic.

 

Pertinent quote from the aforementioned site:

"Most states do not require escort vehicles for loads that are no more than 10 feet wide, while a few states require escort vehicles for all oversize loads. Depending on the type and size of the load, only one, or two escort vehicles will be required."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

curious as to why the reliability issues can't be addressed in FL. I know this doesn't help. But he's gonna spend the money on either end. and it'll be cheaper to run her up on her own bottom than shipping.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Long story about the engine, Covid and the Social Unrest in the country does not help either, especially the boat has FLA hailing port on the transom. Fla is on a surge.

May get a bit of a hard time trying to get into a marina for the night?  Up here they wanted to close the Cape Cod bridges to outsiders for a while and RI banned New Yorkers from coming in. Worried this restrictions will spread south soon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It would probably be cheaper to ship the engine to RI AND BACK on a pallet. 
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The owner want to get the boat out of Fla before total lock down comes once the disease spreads thru the elderly community like wildfire like it did in Mass, NY and NJ. 


 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If he wants it done "now" it is going to cost.

Try to get a back haul from on of the professionals.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If east coast can you get it to ga or sc.  if west  then Try to get  bama  

and then get it fixed and then try to stay ahead of the second wave.

Keep a log book of your travels such that you can prove where and when you were at various locals   If things start looking bad. Buy a bunch of jerry cans haul as much fuel and groceries as you can to get as far north as you can...with out having get off the boat.

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a friend in similar situation it's in Fl, wants it in RI with much bigger powerboat, at first it was the quarantine, now it's the risk of crew and quarantine.  For that size? I would start with upship.com  and go from there. It's a brokerage house for shipping, know several who have shipped boats and RVs with zero issues.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, d'ranger said:

I have a friend in similar situation it's in Fl, wants it in RI with much bigger powerboat, at first it was the quarantine, now it's the risk of crew and quarantine.  For that size? I would start with uship.com  and go from there. It's a brokerage house for shipping, know several who have shipped boats and RVs with zero issues.

FIFY

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

on facebook some one's take on it: 

image.thumb.png.b7d07901b4d1d45e8685167d8d25c40a.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's baffling how Florida took this long to start getting hit by the virus hard.  If it goes though a few of those big retirement communities its going to be really bad.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23 minutes ago, SeattleB said:

It's baffling how Florida took this long to start getting hit by the virus hard.  If it goes though a few of those big retirement communities its going to be really bad.  

AZ too....  They are truly fucked...  MIL got out at the right time me thinks....  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/14/2020 at 3:34 PM, woodpecker said:

Long story about the engine, Covid and the Social Unrest in the country does not help either, especially the boat has FLA hailing port on the transom. Fla is on a surge.

May get a bit of a hard time trying to get into a marina for the night?  Up here they wanted to close the Cape Cod bridges to outsiders for a while and RI banned New Yorkers from coming in. Worried this restrictions will spread south soon.

5 gals of gas and a match, collect the insurance money and buy something in RI

Problem solved

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Only less than 8'6" wide is easy across the USA.

The wide load limits, how they measure, time restrictions, etc. vary from state to state. To do it legally, you will need to deal with the department of transportation in FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, MD, NJ, NY, CT, and RI (or so, depending on route). It takes time entering each state.

In many states, if you are over 8'6" wide and in an accident, it is automatically (prima facie evidence) YOUR FAULT.

Its worth it to pay a professional to do it, in my experience.

On West Coast, I'd recommend StarBoatGuy.com, Rick Peters, starboatguy@aol.com, +1.310.720.2577

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I pretty routinely work with oversized loads.  As long as you stick with major highways, 10’3 doesn’t require escorts other than NYC - maybe not even there but GW Bridge restrictions change fairly often along whit hours.  NYC permit fees are high. They don’t want you there. Might be worth going to TappenZee rather than screw with NYC due to very tough restrictions for the GW Bridge on 95. There may be temp short distance escort requirements if bridge constructions etc is involved.  Most states won’t allow holiday, night or weekend travel for permitted loads. Some will.  Trucker will arrange for permits. Width does not include mirrors or “safety equipment” such as lights. 

Pretty much any boat hauler can handle your load if you are not a super load (generally over 14’ wide, 13.5 high, 80’ long or over 100k lbs but that changes by states. UShip is a good starting point.  Just be careful with insurance. Require a copy of the binder.

Dealing with 1-2 states is ok for the layman. FL to RI?  The pros use permit agents and chasing each state’s permit requirements and issuing systems is a pain as they are set up to deal with the pros - not the average “civilian.”  

Boats move south in the fall and north in the spring for rich snowbirds  a back haul is cheaper but you are out of season for that.  You might get lucky on Uship and get a backhaul from a new boat delivery.  

Good luck  


 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would try to tilt the boat to under 10ft wide if trailering

those extra 3'' matter for the permits/class/ or truck fees

 

years ago a buddy researched fla law and the 10' or under permit was $100 but the fine was a $10 mail in ticket for not having one

check as likely that has changed and every state has different rules/laws/fines

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this