Mark Twain Trailer Question

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Cal29
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Mark Twain Trailer Question

Post by Cal29 » Mon May 05, 2014 10:24 am

Hello,

I am new to this site, so if someone can point me to previous posts about this subject I would appreciate it.

My question is about transporting and launching the larger 36' and 40' Mark Twain boats. Does anyone have any experience or advice regarding this? My wife and I want to build our boat at our farm, which is about seventy miles inland from the ICW and the Gulf of Mexico. How should we plan to transport the boat, and what should be do during the build to ensure it can be easily "picked up" and moved to the marina we choose?

Thanks in advance,

Brad Bates
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Re: Mark Twain Trailer Question

Post by Trackhappy » Mon May 05, 2014 4:35 pm

Hi Brad,

I looked around over here when I was (still am) considering a bigger build. In the end, I decided that after a number of years of building such a valuable asset, just a call a local professional transport company that specialises in boats. That way their insurance covers it and the have all the necessary specialist equipment and knowledge to get her to her new home safely. If you are going to trailer her regularly then maybe a trailer of your own is in order, but you better have a good checkbook. :)
A crane with a load beam/spreader and slings will likely load her onto the trailer at your end, and either crane or mobile boat lift will put her in the water at the marina. You need to allow space underneath for 2 slings to be fed through, and there will be some specific points where the maximum strength is whilst ensuring it won't slip off. Not sure if the plans show the slinging points or not. Hopefully somebody else will chime in with specific knowledge.

Cheers,
Glenn.
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Re: Mark Twain Trailer Question

Post by Lowka53 » Mon May 05, 2014 6:46 pm

:? hmm Glen-l has plans for that boat trailer available. but considering where you are at you need to get a hold of your local dot offices and see what size trailer you can road you may have to get a special permit to move it. That is what I have to do here. :wink:
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Re: Mark Twain Trailer Question

Post by Cal29 » Sat May 10, 2014 10:58 am

Thanks to both of you for your responses and suggestions. I believe I will take the commercial carrier option once the boat is ready. I did hire one to move our 29' sailboat to our farm here. He has a special trailer that allowed him to set the boat on the ground and then place the stands around it as he slowly moved the trailer out from beneath the boat. He can probably do the same with a pontoon boat.

Thanks again,

Brad Bates

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