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Ted Hoppe
05-31-2017, 11:58 AM
Maybe I am dreaming but I want to race 2018/19 on the East Coast and Europe for 2020.
plan is to race the Panerai series with various friends then sail to to the Azores then to Brest & Antibes. Maybe. Will give the boat to Dylan for a new video series. Who knows after that.

I need to figure how to much it will cost to move my boat across country from California for next year. With my son graduating from high school next year and going to college., my sailing budget goals must be realistic to my means. I do not have a big truck, a trailer or a huge budget. ideally I would rather spend my money on quality sails verses transportation. I know I could sail through the canal but time is money in my world. I still live in California and my mortgage and property taxes ensure I must work to over here. I figure a trucking company will cost me around 5k. I am staring to look a cost of a trailer. I can do the whole sail around for 4K and miss 3 months of work. So much to think about. Would be interested in hearing about personal experiences on this subject and things I have yet to consider.

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Paul Pless
05-31-2017, 12:01 PM
[QUOTE=Ted Hoppe;5249844]I can do the whole sail around for 4K and miss 3 months of work. [QUOTE]

Northwest Passage?
epic :D

Ted Hoppe
05-31-2017, 12:08 PM
[QUOTE=Ted Hoppe;5249844]I can do the whole sail around for 4K and miss 3 months of work. [QUOTE]

Northwest Passage?
epic :D

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Dude, i get the shivers when if falls below 60.

Maybe we truck to Michigan and you sail it to Mystic.

genglandoh
05-31-2017, 12:34 PM
Here is a website that may help and they ship boats.

http://www.uship.com/shipment/Westerly-Centaur-with-trailer/618282710/

CWSmith
05-31-2017, 12:51 PM
Ted, nice looking boat! If you come to the East, plan some time to cruise the Maine coast.

Ted Hoppe
05-31-2017, 02:21 PM
Ted, nice looking boat! If you come to the East, plan some time to cruise the Maine coast.

Thank you. She is a fast sailing sloop. I am hoping to sail Maine too!

I am looking forward to having friends sail and race with me... Opera cup anyone?

Barry
05-31-2017, 02:41 PM
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sharpiefan
05-31-2017, 02:45 PM
Would it be cost effective/do you have time to ship it through the Canal as deck cargo or in a container on a freighter?

Canoeyawl
05-31-2017, 10:08 PM
$5k would be a pretty good deal, I think I would jump on that.

Among other things, I have trailered a few boats across the country but even the largest was a small boat, a Rosinante at 28'x 6'x 6500 lbs...
4 or 5 days, a good heavy duty pick-up and no fooling around just steady driving about 750 miles per day. I brought a 10 foot ladder and we slept in the boat at night. I was able to convince the dog to climb that ladder up into the boat, Betty, the best dog ever.
(Just for the hell of it we drove over the scales at the coal pocket in Searsport, Maine at 14500 lbs, truck, trailer, boat and gear)
There is a seldom enforced law that states "Any combination of vehicles over 15,000 lbs requires a CDL")
If you have over-width, 102" or over-height issues, 13'6" it quickly gets complicated with permits, restricted time of travel and etc.

Ian McColgin
05-31-2017, 10:20 PM
Now that's ambition. Hope you find a way.

Breakaway
05-31-2017, 10:24 PM
Well, geeze. A trailer will be all of $5000,(probably $6500) so shipping seems a no-brainer. Unless she goes on her own bottom through the canal, a marvelous adventure no doubt but loss of three months income.

If money matters, your choice seems made.

Kevin

Nicholas Carey
05-31-2017, 10:47 PM
Back around 2000, we shipped an International 6-metre, Hecate (K-57, ex-Erica, ex-Hecate) back home to England http://www.backfiremoto.com Seattle via the Panama Canal in an 40-foot open-top container (had to be open-top: keel too deep and spars too long to fit in a closed container).

IIRC, it didn't cost more than USD $1,500 or so. Had to build a custom cradle to suit, though. Bolted up 4x4s it was., so it could be knocked down.

Ted Hoppe
06-07-2017, 04:30 PM
Back around 2000, we shipped an International 6-metre, Hecate (K-57, ex-Erica, ex-Hecate) back home to England http://www.backfiremoto.com Seattle via the Panama Canal in an 40-foot open-top container (had to be open-top: keel too deep and spars too long to fit in a closed container).

IIRC, it didn't cost more than USD $1,500 or so. Had to build a custom cradle to suit, though. Bolted up 4x4s it was., so it could be knocked down.

I do wish she would fit in that.

Waiting for a quote on this option so we can do this option. http://www.antiguaclassics.com/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvgZeWFNj2o

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Bob Myers
06-07-2017, 06:29 PM
I live in northern CA.,above Angels Camp. Last year I sold a reproduction of a 1950s race boat and vintage Mercury race engine. It went to Virginia in the cockpit of a 28 ft. Grady White that was going from Seattle to New Jersey. The buyer used uship and the boat arrived there without a scratch. The uship guy came right to my house to pick it up.

Ted Hoppe
06-07-2017, 08:50 PM
I live in northern CA.,above Angels Camp. Last year I sold a reproduction of a 1950s race boat and vintage Mercury race engine. It went to Virginia in the cockpit of a 28 ft. Grady White that was going from Seattle to New Jersey. The buyer used uship and the boat arrived there without a scratch. The uship guy came right to my house to pick it up.

This is very true and seems like the right and easy way. But when i consider the unstepping, rigging and loading of the boat and then the reverse on the east coast - I might break even by going with the ship. I need to be as frugal and clever as i can to pull this off.