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Transporting a boat from Florida to NJ...

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For the boat guys, my father wants to bring his 42' Sea Ray up from Fort Myers, Florida to one of the Jersey Shore marinas. I figured you guys would have better answers then Google. Would it be cheaper to truck the boat up or have someone drive it from marina to marina. Anybody have a possible ball park figure on how much these options would cost? And pall park figure for a slip of that size at your local marina?

Any info I can pass along to my dad is appreciated by both of us.

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A boat that size moves by water. It's not that big a deal, a large portion of the trip is done via the inland waterway.

 

Slip fees are over $100 a foot everywhere in NJ.

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You will have to get permits in just about every State you travel through as I am sure that is gonna be an oversized load. Might have to have escort vehicles etc. Just run it up the ICW.

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It most likely has a 12-14' Beam so Permits for each County and the State along w/ Chase cars will be needed and by the time you pay the Transport and all the Oversize Load fees along w/ only being able to run it during the Day in most states you could almost buy another Boat ;).

 

It also will be way too high (13'6" max Height for normal Bridges) so the Fly Bridge etc. will have to come off.

 

Find it's RPM for best Fuel mileage and run it up the ICW, That probably will be much cheaper.

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Not everywhere in NJ is over $100, I can name about 10 that are not. However, the ones that are not, usually are in VERY hard to navigate areas, VERY far from ocean water(bays, etc.)and/or offer almost no services, IE Water, electric, etc. All in all, you can figure to pay about $100-$130/ft for the season. You also might have to pay for lines.

 

As said before, always drive it by sea.

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Contact the marina in Nj where the boat is going. they should be able to give you names of good captains locally. Buy the guy a plane ticket to florida and have him bring the boat back for you. Be sure to get references and check them out.  You might even go for the ride and to learn a little. Good luck.


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