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  1. topgun1185

    topgun1185 New Member

    319
    Sep 7, 2007
    New Jersey
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500
    I have to come up and prep the boat for transport so I'll be up in Febuary for sure.
     
  2. topgun1185

    topgun1185 New Member

    319
    Sep 7, 2007
    New Jersey
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500
    I need more help! I been deciding to pilot the 44 to NJ or have her shipped by truck. In talking with several trucking transporter and they want me remove the hard top to lower the height. Is removing the top a big deal any experince? I know it had to be installed so it can be taken off. Is it heavy? Can I do it myself? Does anyone have a guess on cost? thanks to all!!!!
     
  3. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Ouch, that will be an expensive one and a separate truck to transport the top...
     
  4. vandal

    vandal Member

    358
    Mar 9, 2009
    Brick NJ
    340 sundancer 2000
    7.4 MPI V Drive
    They are shipped new from FLA with hard top on.
     
  5. topgun1185

    topgun1185 New Member

    319
    Sep 7, 2007
    New Jersey
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500
    I was wondering if they are shipped that way I've seen bigger one with the hardtop stored on the bow. I guess I'll call searay tomorrow.
     
  6. douglee25

    douglee25 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Boatless
    Big ones!
    Nice boat!

    Good luck getting it back home.

    Doug
     
  7. Alex F

    Alex F Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    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.
    After trucking my 320DA from FL to NJ all I can tell you that even with low profile trailer (I think this is how they're called) it was a tight fit. However, there are number of variables. For example, the trucker used certain permits that had certain limitations and no need for escort. So, by paying more for different permits with escort might allow you to use other roadways that will have higher bridges and overpasses.

    As I mentioned earlier, it's a lot more fun and less aggravation to bring her on her bottom. If the weather is a showstopper, just keep her there for the winter, if it's an option. From previous post it looks like the locks are fixed, so hopefully this is not a show stopper. When I was surveying my 420DB it was mid December, the water was 35deg and the air temp was 25deg with some nice 15kts wind. After we came back from sea-trial the swim platform was full of ice from frozen spray. All this time I felt very comfortable being on the boat, your boat shouldn't be much different (I'm sure it has cockpit heat). You just have to take extra precautions when boating in these conditions. All it means is to do more detailed homework and keep sharper lookout.
     
  8. rcknecht

    rcknecht Active Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI
    If you decide to remove the hardtop for shipping, I would contact MM to get a price for the removal and re-installation. It is not trivial, and all the electronics on the hard top, speakers, lights, etc, will have be disconnected are reinstalled. I have seen the HTs shipped on the bow as mentioned. If you have the time, I would take it back through the canal and down the Hudson... It would be a once in a life time trip, which is essentially subsidized by the not have the cost to ship the boat...
     
  9. Lake Erie Boater

    Lake Erie Boater Member

    482
    Oct 24, 2007
    Sandusky Bay, Ohio
    2004 43' Sport Yacht
    700 HP CAT C-12's
    My experience with the local MM has been OK, but I have only purchased misc. small parts from them. A buddy of mine has had nothing but troubles. I know of a much better local marina with a great service dept. if you choose to have someone else disassemble the hard top. I'll leave it at that.
     
  10. Alex F

    Alex F Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    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.
    And this is only the beginning. IMO, trucking 500 miles when you can deliver her on her bottom is making simple things very comlicated. Don't get me wrong, you may have personal reasons for leaning toward trucking. Otherwise, I don't think you'll save much money, time or hassle. It could be just the opposite.
     
  11. Turtlesboat

    Turtlesboat Minister of Media TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 4, 2007
    New York City
    1996 450DA, TNT, Caribe dink w/15hp OB.
    3126 427HP TD transmissions
    No question that I would deliver it by water. It's one of the great cruises in the northeast. Once in a lifetime, or maybe twice if you're lucky.
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2011
  12. Someday Lady II

    Someday Lady II Member

    300
    Aug 12, 2010
    RMYC, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    1991 350 Sundancer
    T-340 hp Bluewater 7.4 L
    Bravo II I/O's
    You have a tremendous opportunity here to enjoy your new boat in a way that few of us can. You have a chance to take a fantastic cruise, to use your boat as it was meant to be used and to have the costs off set somewhat by what your are saving through not having it trucked and/or re-assembled. (By the way, I would be surprised if it ever went back to get together as good as it is assembled right now.)
    I wish I had the chance to take my boat back by water when I bought it.
    Go for it and share your trip with us.
     

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