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Old 04-13-2019, 06:45 PM
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I am trailering my boat from Florida to Michigan this summer. The beam is 10 ft and it weighs around 14k with the trailer. It is a pleasure boat with no type of height just a Bimini top. Would you get permits and if so who would you use ? Thanks
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You will get all kinds of different answers. As a commercial hauler I get permits. If I was joe blow hauling my own boat behind my PU, no I wouldn't bother. Very rarely do they bother you.
But like I said you will get everyone's opinion.
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Eastern Michigan is difficult. I think they need the revenue. The rest of the states on your trip aren't.
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Old 04-13-2019, 07:27 PM
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Curious as to what brand of boat that weighs in at 14k with the trailer. with only a ten foot beam?
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Old 04-13-2019, 07:28 PM
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Eastern Michigan is difficult. I think they need the revenue. The rest of the states on your trip aren't.
Haven't been that direction in a long time. The shops been so busy I haven't been hauling. Can't find any good help since my kid moved to Florida.
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I'd recommend it. All it takes is one bored State Trooper, and you are sidelined until the paperwork is sorted out. In some states, it takes 1-3 days to get everything filed and ready to go.

Last year, I bought my boat in AZ and towed it home to WI (it is also 28' x 10' and 14.5k lbs). Had to pull permits in seven states...so I contacted these guys OnTheMove.US , and they did it for a reasonable fee. I could have done it on my own, but it probably would have taken about 6-8 hours of additional work. Because I do not tow cross-country, ever, I was glad to have their help.
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
Curious as to what brand of boat that weighs in at 14k with the trailer. with only a ten foot beam?
12,000 would be more accurate. I won’t be loaded for fishing It’s a 27 Blackfin (8750 lbs dry) . Trailer weighs 2600. Holds 230 fuel but I will have it close to empty . Who would you guys use for permitting and how much would it cost roughly.
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
Eastern Michigan is difficult. I think they need the revenue. The rest of the states on your trip aren't.
simply not so, beam width over 8"6" require permit on any interstate road, also, no trailering after sundown or in rain with a 10' beam

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Originally Posted by dihrah View Post
simply not so, beam width over 8"6" require permit on any interstate road, also, no trailering after sundown or in rain with a 10' beam
Thanks for he heads up. I had no idea.
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Originally Posted by Captain_0bvious View Post
I'd recommend it. All it takes is one bored State Trooper, and you are sidelined until the paperwork is sorted out. In some states, it takes 1-3 days to get everything filed and ready to go.

Last year, I bought my boat in AZ and towed it home to WI (it is also 28' x 10' and 14.5k lbs). Had to pull permits in seven states...so I contacted these guys OnTheMove.US , and they did it for a reasonable fee. I could have done it on my own, but it probably would have taken about 6-8 hours of additional work. Because I do not tow cross-country, ever, I was glad to have their help.
There's not one state on his route that would take more than an hour to sort out. I also highly doubt any of the states other than Michigan will care if it's his boat. Of course, it's the OP's decision if he wants to ride dirty and save a few hundred dollars or not.
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Originally Posted by R-KID View Post


12,000 would be more accurate. I won’t be loaded for fishing It’s a 27 Blackfin (8750 lbs dry) . Trailer weighs 2600. Holds 230 fuel but I will have it close to empty . Who would you guys use for permitting and how much would it cost roughly.

These people can help you. This is who i have used

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https://www.mercurypermits.net/
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Thanks for all the info I will contact Mercury soon.
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Thanks for he heads up. I had no idea.


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Originally Posted by dihrah View Post
simply not so, beam width over 8"6" require permit on any interstate road, also, no trailering after sundown or in rain with a 10' beam




North Carolina 10 feet
Watercraft up to 9'6” can be towed at night.
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North Carolina 10 feet
Watercraft up to 9'6” can be towed at night.
There are also lots of states you can drive at night in and in the rain but I didn't think it would help to mention it.
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
There are also lots of states you can drive at night in and in the rain but I didn't think it would help to mention it.

Wonder how you know this?

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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
Wonder how you know this?

I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

In all fairness, people looking at the site on their phone or tablet can't see our signatures. The guy was right about what he said and probably didn't realize my point was that even though there are rules against such things. in practice no one does anything about it. I'm guessing he didn't know I am a commercial boat hauler and was trying to help.
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

In all fairness, people looking at the site on their phone or tablet can't see our signatures. The guy was right about what he said and probably didn't realize my point was that even though there are rules against such things. in practice no one does anything about it. I'm guessing he didn't know I am a commercial boat hauler and was trying to help.
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And some let you drive the weekends to
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