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    Posted: 06 May 2013 at 5:54pm
I want to move my Contessa from the marina (Solent) to my home (Surrey) and put her on a cradle in the driveway. Has anybody else done this successfully and if so, who did you use to move the boat?
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I looked into doing something similar. The biggest issue wasn't transporting the boat, but getting her off the lorry once she arrived at your house. As a domestic customer your only option is a contract lift costing around 2000 pounds. The crane cannot be used on the public road unless you get your local council to close it for you so in addition to the space for the boat you also need somewhere for the crane to sit. This space had to be something like 10 x 8 metres to get the outriggers extended and must be clear of power lines, telephone wires etc.

I did once meet someone who kept their Co32 at home over winter, but they had a road trailer rather than just a cradle and they also had a tractor to tow it with.
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My advice is to ask as many haulage companies as you can for prices. We had Blue Jalma moved from Portsmouth to Preston by road when we bought her and the quotes ranged from £800 to almost £3500!

There are some boat movers with Hiab wagons (ie with a built in crane) which saves the cost of a separate crane hire. Weight wouldn't be an issue with a Contessa but reach might be a problem unless you have a wide driveway and can get the wagon alonside where you want the boat putting.

Contract lifts are very expensive but if your haulier is qualified to draw up a lifting plan and act as banksman (as some haulage firms are) then you don't need a contract lift (we hire a 25 tonne crane each year at our club on this basis for £250 per half day), but you still have the problem of where to site the crane.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote waratah912 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2013 at 2:18pm
I had my previous boat on the drive, it was only 27ft and to be honest, was not a great success, especially with the neighbours. For major work, I'd consider getting it under cover at a yard - Hayling Yacht Services has a really big shed, and their rates are not too high.  Certainly cheaper than some of th numbers quoted for transport.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote the5young1z Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2013 at 10:34am
Looks like the cradle and crane is a difficult option to pull off.

Anybody know who makes road (and storage?) trailers strong enough for the 9000 lbs Contessa 32?

I'm looking for a longer term secure solution rather than a simple winter period. Neighbours are also sailors so no real issues with having a beautiful yacht visible above the hedge line.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote moongirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2013 at 8:52am
It's not just a question of the trailer! The CO32's weight would dictate the use of 'air brakes' ie the towing vehicle would not only have to be large enough but would need provision for the brakes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waratah912 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2013 at 9:06am
These guys have something that might be usable, inc air brakes :
http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehicle/,30,/35563/Reynolds_Boughton_.htm
and tow / crane with one of these
http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehicle/,31,/28632/Foden.htm :)
if nothing else, there's some nice toys to dream about owning!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote moongirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2013 at 10:21am
The neighbours might not like one of those parked in the Drive!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote the5young1z Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2013 at 1:24pm
Colin, I don't expect to tow it myself not only because of the airbrakes and the non-ball hitch necessary but also because my trailer reversing is not up to it. The 'get her home' project requires scoping 1) a trailer, 2) a towing contractor and last but by no means least 3) checking if it will all fit down the narrow-ish road and into the driveway. If the planning indicates yes then it'll be into execution mode.

If somebody had the 'toys', shown above by Paul, for rent then 1) & 2) would be about taken care of.
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