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Old 09-13-2020, 02:56 PM
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We're looking at a Cobia 350, it's a little over 11' beam. Can you legally trailer a boat that wide on Mississippi and Alabama?
Old 09-13-2020, 03:34 PM
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Yes, with the correct permits.
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And likely a lot of restrictions on when you can be on the road.
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Some places require escort vehicles at that beam.
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I have no idea....I live in S.C.
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My 28 Carolina Classic has a 10' 6" beam and I trailer it all the time in MS with no problems. I have even pulled it to FL a couple of times without incident.
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Originally Posted by lost2a6 View Post
My 28 Carolina Classic has a 10' 6" beam and I trailer it all the time in MS with no problems. I have even pulled it to FL a couple of times without incident.
I assume that “.. without incident” means you weren’t stopped by law enforcement, or otherwise encountered them due to an accident or breakdown.

It certainly doesn’t mean that you were legal in Florida. FL Towing
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I know a bunch of people that trailer boats wider than 9’. I don’t know of anybody that has gotten a ticket.
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Originally Posted by XenScott View Post
I know a bunch of people that trailer boats wider than 9’. I don’t know of anybody that has gotten a ticket.
The question asked was “can you legally....” not “can you get away with illegally...”

There’s lots of things you can get away with...... until you get into an accident and then you’re royally F’d.
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Originally Posted by ocnslr View Post
And likely a lot of restrictions on when you can be on the road.
No more restrictions than if you’re towing a boat 8’7” up to 12’ wide. 8’6” wide and up to 13’5” in height don’t require any permits and have no restrictions on travel times. Anything you to 12’ wide and 15’ tall will fall under the normal over dimension requirements that have to travel during daytime hours.
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Originally Posted by NedLloyd View Post
Some places require escort vehicles at that beam.
Another useless answer from someone with no clue.......anything up to a 12’ width does not require an escort vehicle.
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Originally Posted by FinReaper069 View Post
Another useless answer from someone with no clue.......anything up to a 12’ width does not require an escort vehicle.
So I was off by what maybe 6”?
The OP said “a little over 11 ft”. I’m glad you know what my knowledge is.

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Originally Posted by FinReaper069 View Post
No more restrictions than if you’re towing a boat 8’7” up to 12’ wide. 8’6” wide and up to 13’5” in height don’t require any permits and have no restrictions on travel times. Anything you to 12’ wide and 15’ tall will fall under the normal over dimension requirements that have to travel during daytime hours.
And may have additional restrictions depending on where you are.
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This topic has been beaten up so many times it's not funny. Is it legal to tow over 8'6" without permits? No. Do people do it every day without issue? Yes, unless you are going to the keys. The vast majority of people on this site are over 8'6 when on a trailer.
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Originally Posted by FinReaper069 View Post
Another useless answer from someone with no clue.......anything up to a 12’ width does not require an escort vehicle.
I completely agree accept in the Florida keys where apparently over 10 wide you need an escort and cam only run at night on week nights.
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Originally Posted by FinReaper069 View Post
Another useless answer from someone with no clue.......anything up to a 12’ width does not require an escort vehicle.
Only partly true - (might want to lay off the snark when you are not exactly sure of what you are talking about. yourself It is not a good look.)

From Miss DOT -
Night movements may be permitted for loads not exceeding twelve (12) feet in width, or 150,000 pounds or 99 feet long or height exceeding 13 feet 6 inches (the maximum height is dependent on the route) (Maximum rear overhang four (4) feet). 1. When moving at night operating on two (2) lane roadways (one lane per direction of travel) loads 10 feet wide or greater will require, at minimum, the use of a front escort and flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load. 2. When moving at night operating on divided highways (two or more through lanes per direction of travel) loads 10 feet wide or greater will require, at minimum, the use of a rear escort and flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load. 3. Loads less than ten (10) feet in width will require, at minimum, flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load. (No escorts required)
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Originally Posted by Steelers0355 View Post
Only partly true - (might want to lay off the snark when you are not exactly sure of what you are talking about. yourself It is not a good look.)

From Miss DOT -
Night movements may be permitted for loads not exceeding twelve (12) feet in width, or 150,000 pounds or 99 feet long or height exceeding 13 feet 6 inches (the maximum height is dependent on the route) (Maximum rear overhang four (4) feet). 1. When moving at night operating on two (2) lane roadways (one lane per direction of travel) loads 10 feet wide or greater will require, at minimum, the use of a front escort and flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load. 2. When moving at night operating on divided highways (two or more through lanes per direction of travel) loads 10 feet wide or greater will require, at minimum, the use of a rear escort and flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load. 3. Loads less than ten (10) feet in width will require, at minimum, flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load. (No escorts required)
If you’re going to quote the rules, why don’t you quote the entire section of the rules, not just the exception that you can find to fit your agenda.....you look like the news stations now. The rules state that a standard over dimension permit is defined as loads up to 12’ in length and may only be moved during daylight hours. You only posted the one exception found in the area where they are addressing vehicles that do not meet the general over dimensional permit requirements and state “night movements MAY be permitted”, but you have to have prior approval as night movements are not generally allowed with over dimension permits. Funny though, you didn’t post the next section that states those same loads, moving on those same roads during DAYLIGHT hours are NOT required to have an escort as that didn’t fit your agenda.

Under the Mississippi guidelines for blanket over dimensional permits, you do not need an escort for moving loads up to 12’ in width during day light hours. If you want an exception to the guidelines to be able to move at night, you have to apply for that exception and that exception requires an escort only at night, not during regular, permissible day light hours.
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If I had a boat that big, I'd just leave it in the water and forget trailering it.
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Shane , I pulled a 33’ x 10’6” with a diesel dully. 18k lb. It’s no fun. I would gladly do it to deliver a boat but definitely not what I would want to do on vacation. It’s just too stressful.
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Fin - You made a blanket statement that was only partly correct, so I added the part that you missed. Many folks here, especially those that fish, are likely to depart very early in the AM, which very likely means AT NIGHT. Reading your post, and taking it a face value, the OP would have been mislead by you had he assumed that you knew what you were talking about and had posted ALL relevant information that he might need to trailer legally. However, you did not include the part about probably needing a permit at night, even though it now seems that maybe you already knew about and just did not include, which I simply added for clarification. Or maybe you looked it up like I did since your answer did not sound quite right, which was proven correct by going to MissDOT website. You want to post half-truths (talk about sounding like the media), go ahead. I have no "agenda", wherever that came from. You seem a bit defensive and maybe even a little too sensitive to be posting on such a controversial topic. Wow.

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