New Boat

Discussion in 'Announcements & FAQs' started by topgun1185, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. mistercomputerman

    mistercomputerman Active Member

    Jan 6, 2008
    Virginia Beach, VA
    410 Sundancer - 2001
    Twin 8.1L Mercruisers - 2009

    Here's Wayne's boat, just so you know...

  2. topgun1185

    topgun1185 New Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    New Jersey
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500
    oboy now we're having fun!
  3. Rick, That was when I was poor back in 1985. :lol:
  4. mistercomputerman

    mistercomputerman Active Member

    Jan 6, 2008
    Virginia Beach, VA
    410 Sundancer - 2001
    Twin 8.1L Mercruisers - 2009
    I couldn't resist.
  5. dicor

    dicor New Member

    Feb 19, 2011
    boat Barnegat Bay, NJ (hopefully) - live Bucks Cty
    270 DA 1998
    7.4 Merc w/Bravo III Drive
    After I bought my boat I had to decide as to either have it hauled from Chesapeake Bay to Barnegat Bay or to sail it. It's only about a 6 hour trip but I was unfamiliar with the boat's repair & maintenance history other than what the PO stated. I decided to have it hauled. Looking back If I had sailed it, my first breakdown would have been along the C&D canal with a broken raw water pump impeller. The next breakdown would have been somewhere in the Delaware Bay with a dead fuel pump. Now that those and other items have been repaired I would not hesitate for a second to make the trip.
  6. dcharna

    dcharna New Member

    Aug 4, 2011
    Lake Erie - Catawba Bay
    2003 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1's 370 hp

    Anyone thinking about taking thier boat on the Erie Canal system needs to check when they think the locks will be fixed. I have seen devasting pictures of what happened to 2 of the locks ( I beleive 10 and 11) after Irene this fall. In one case, the river simply went around the lock and scoured a new path. In both cases the dam gates were completely mangled.

    We brought our boat up from Florida on a truck becasue we were told theat the system might not be operational until late June or July.

    Good luck.

  7. LTD.330

    LTD.330 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 5, 2009
    Lake Erie
    1999 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPI
  8. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    Upstate NY (lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    From Stratford CT to Buffalo NY we put 585 Miles on the trip log and burned 660 gallons of gas.
    At todays prices, it would cost about $1K more for the fuel than three years ago.
    It's just about 500 miles from Liberty Landing Marina to Gateway park, Tonawanda NY, which is the western terminus of the Erie canal.
    I think it is somewhere around 160 miles in The Hudson from the federal lock in Troy NY to NYC
    I'd do the trip again in a heart beat. But I have friends that don't care much for locks.
  9. Topgun, The NYS Canal System is open until Dec.3rd. If you hurry you can still do it this year. :grin:


    The Erie and Oswego Canal navigation route between Lake Ontario and the Hudson River will re-open at 7 AM on Sunday, November 20th and remain open until 5 PM on Saturday, December 3rd. The Champlain Canal, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, and the western Erie Canal between Three Rivers and Tonawanda have closed for the season. For updates and information monitor 1-800-4CANAL4 and
  10. Alex F

    Alex F Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    Congrats on the purchase of beautiful boat.

    It sounds like you have all winter to do all your prep work and plan your trip. I would bring her by water without thinking twice. No matter how you twist it and turn it, trucking will be a task with some level of frustration. I rather be frustrated with rainy weather or no wake zones during the boat trip, than dealing with all the hassle involved with trucking. I would spend extra $ to have pros do items you can't and for extra feul to have a trip that you'll remember for the rest of your life. Do your homework and all necessary preventive maintenance. Take her for a decent shakedown cruise and she'll be ready for the trip to her new home.

    P.S. Greg (LadyTAZ) did the trip to Lake Erie and back, he can give you some good tips.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
  11. Lake Erie Boater

    Lake Erie Boater Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    Sandusky Bay, Ohio
    2004 43' Sport Yacht
    700 HP CAT C-12's
    Top Gun,

    I had been watching your boat on Yachtworld as I was hot for a 44 for some time. She was docked right in our boating back yard. Strangely it was when I got serious about upsizing, that I then decided to go the way of a Sedan/Convertible. Coincidentally, I saw your boat in the storage building a month or so ago when I was there visiting a friend who also stores there.

    She is a beauty, and optioned out!!!!

    The canals are re-opened, take that beast home by water.

    If you need any local knowledge of her winter home area (or need a crewman for such a great trip), just ask :grin:. That's on my bucket list.

    PS, The broker who I purchased my Egg Harbor from has delivered many Eggs from NJ to the Great Lakes as he is also the Great Lakes dealer. I could try to connect you with him for further knowledge of the trip. From what I recall, he told me that the quickest that he did the trip was 4.5 days running from dawn to dark in the mid summer (ie real real long days).

    Good luck with that beauty and keep us posted on what you decide.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
  12. becnme

    becnme Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    Fort Myers
    06 Tiara 36 Sovran
    Cummins QSC 500
    After reading your thread I decided to add my experience to the disscussion. I owned the 06 version of your boat. When I sold it, the new owner had it shipped to Ohio from Illinois. The hard top had to be stripped of all hardware but could be left on for transport. In order to get the boat low enough to leave the top, on the props and rudders had to be removed. This is how the factory shipped the boat.
    As you can see there is some level of work needed to ship that boat. The shipper used in my case was Huricane Marine Haulers from the Toledo area. He was very carefull with the boat and I have since used him for one of my own boats.
    Good luck and enjoy the new boat. It is going to be a long winter for you!
  13. topgun1185

    topgun1185 New Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    New Jersey
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500
    Thanks for the info, i know about the props and all the hard top add on's but the rudders? That's how there shipped? i didn't know that. The rudders i didn't think extended below the keel. Also I heard about hurican haulers they been refered before. i going to look them up.
  14. topgun1185

    topgun1185 New Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    New Jersey
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500
    Sillyknot 2 thank you... this is all the info I need ...this will be fun reading. thanks again!!
  15. Searaybio270

    Searaybio270 Active Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Bush River on the Cheasapeake Bay
    1996 EC, Garmin 3210, Dinghy - Seadoo Jet boat with twin 85 horse. Fun and Fast.
    7.4 MC 360 HP each
    Westerbeke 7KW
    I had my boat hauled up from Key Largo a year ago Oct. Cost was $3500. Can't remember the guys name but he really went above and beyond with help. As for hauling versus by water. The difference for me was days and about $5000K in gas.
  16. topgun1185

    topgun1185 New Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    New Jersey
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500
    That sounds like a good price. I'm just wanted a little time before such a long cruise to wring her out. My haul would be about 500 miles which seems less than what you did. if you find the guy you used I'd apprciate it. Best i figure cost of transport and cost of fuel would be about the same.
  17. 320Bob

    320Bob Active Member

    Nov 2, 2009
    2012 Chaparral 267 SSX Sold
    Congrats on the new boat, it looks great in the pictures. If you have the time, I would drive it to NJ but you might consider hiring a captain to go with you for part of the trip until you get familiar enough with driving a much bigger boat than your 320. Otherwise, spend some time driving the boat around where you bought it until you feel comfortable enough to take it through the canals.
  18. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    I paid $2,500 in January to have my 410DA trucked up from Newport Beach to Stockton CA which is about 500 miles. I followed and acted as the chase car so I received a discounted price and was able to keep an eye on the entire process. It was a good trip. (She is much cleaner these days...)

    410 COMING HOME 118.jpg 410 COMING HOME 135.jpg 410 COMING HOME 155.jpg 410 COMING HOME 119.jpg
  19. BillG72340

    BillG72340 Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    Sandusky, OH
    1999 400DB

    Very nice upgrade! I saw your boat today in storage a couple boats in front of me. It's a nice dry 55° inside and perfect for buffing. The building is getting ready to close for the holidays but will be open 7 days a week starting in Feb. They have a concession stand open on weekends and have a nice "Open House" party in March I think. Do you plan on coming over for any work parties?


    Bill G

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