Easter 31 Casco Bay FB Bridge clearance and trucking

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Does anyone here have the on water bridge clearance specification for this vessel? looks like 10 feet or more? and speaking of clearing bridges, has anyone had one truck shipped over the road - does the FB have to come off? how difficult and/or expensive is that? Many thanks in advance for the expertise.
 

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I know a 35 Bruno with a flybridge went down the road to a friends yard. Not sure the height on it, but it made it without ripping any wires down.
thanks. My problem may be interstate and long distance. Will check with the shippers
 

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My local, Marblehead Trading, does hauling both local and up & down East Coast. Their air draft maximum is 13ft.
 

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I doubt you will get that boat down the highway without removing the bridge. Maybe on a special trailer but that will be $$$. Lot of screws in that bridge. And it will need to be secured pretty well to transport in the boat. Going to add alot to your purchase price to pay someone to remove that bridge, secure it properly and then transport the boat. That boat will have to be nose down in the haul so make sure they tilt that boat back and fully drain the exhaust before hand otherwise you could hydroloc the engine during transport. How far is the boat? Why not run it on the water?
 

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update from a call with Eastern Boats - they say they used a removable adhesive on those FB's so at least it's not 3M 5200....
 

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The key measurement is loaded height. Anything over 14' will require at least one and maybe two escort cars. So for a downeast boat, the FB probably will have to come off including the radar mast. They also have to pay close to $1000 just to get the routing survey done. On a big boat, you'll be looking at $8K to $10K I think.
 

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great info, many thanks to all, Hardcore1's picture is hugely probative.

I am pretty sure that Papa's Girls is the NC boat that was on Yachtworld for a time and recently went off. sounds like a happy ending for all, congrats!
 

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I m down here in morehead and seen her loaded on the trailer. They took the bridge down and have her tilted down. These boats with the keel are tall on a trailer
 

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Brought my 35 Bruno flybridge up from Miami years ago on a trailer, super low boy, keel was maybe 6 inches off the road. Had to take railings, steering wheel and controls down to gain every inch, but made it with the bridge intact and no pole car, which would have doubled the hauling costs.
 

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Ok, here for the future benefit of all, and with thanks to the various contributors, is what I've learned: the EB31 FB is probably 14.5 feet air draft sitting level on the hard with the FB on. The smart folks at Eastern Boats designed the FB to come off with removeable adhesive, good; they also say a FB can be added to a Standard hardtop 31.

At least one person got the FB detached and mounted for transit for around $1,500; so reinstall and relauch costs "might" be similar - so maybe $3,000 (including no trucking costs), and costs might vary widely due to region.

Even with the FB off, the EB 31 has to be trucked nose down, so one poster wisely mentioned being sure to drain all water so you don't hydrolock the engine.

Also, if you are shipping to or through New England we of course have the most old, low bridges so the feasibility and cost goes up for surveys and pole cars.

Bottom line: it CAN be done, but definitely not cheaply nor for the faint of heart.
 

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I would hire someone to deliver her on her own bottom or at least take her to the east coast of Florida and then you could run her north yourself. It would take longer but it would be cheaper and a great trip for you!
 
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