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Old October 17th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #1
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My family has bought a boat, and I've been tasked with retrieving it and bringing it home. The beam is 9'6'', so I am guessing it will be right at 10' or so with the trailer. Obviously, the legal limit is 8'6'' so I am going to have to get oversize permits, flags ect.

Has anybody had to do this NON commercially? I've been on the Mi DOT's website, and it looks like this is going to be a pain in my ass... Especially since I have to cross the Mackinaw Bridge.

I've read the laws about signage but the lighting laws are poorly written.

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I just got off the phone with Wisconsin DOT... bye, I'm going to suck start a shotgun.
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Where in Wisconsin? Is the trailer alone legal width? Put the boat in the water and drive it to MI. We have done it a few times.
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Yeah. BTW... Kendra from the WDOT permit office is pretty nice, and I think she'd do anal
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Where in Wisconsin? Is the trailer alone legal width? Put the boat in the water and drive it to MI. We have done it a few times.
Green Bay. We entertained piloting the boat across, but the trailer itself is 10 feet and we'd have to drive that. So either way, technically we would need permits. Not to mention, buy the time the survey gets done, report gets to us, it's going to be end of Oct. End of Oct, 1st of Nov is not when I want to try doing a cross lake trip in a boat that I have no experience with, then on top of that have to haul the trailer anyways.
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I know my boss just had his 63 foot long 16 foot wide sea ray trucked to the shop and only spent $500. It's just an idea but for the money it sure takes the stress out of moving it yourself. Might be worth seeing what it would cost.
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How far did it have to go? This is going from Green bay to Spring Lake/ Grand Haven. If it was 500 to go 20 miels a couple towns over, it will be 4585989.88 to go 800 miles.
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$500 for 20 miles, then 800 miles = $20,000.

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Considering you have to do multiple states I'd just tow the trailer empty and drive the boat home. At least with an empty trailer you are a lot less noticeable and might make it. Plus the boat ride home would be a good time to make sure the SS Minnow isn't leaking.
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Hire a boat captain to run boat across. Haul trailer on its side on another trailer.
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Maybe store it in WI this year & worry about it in the spring when you can drive the boat home.
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I would insure the boat and send it with whoever thinks they want a vacation crossing lake michigan. Do you even need the trailer here?
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So, I was going through the permit process, and it asks for the trailer's VIN, size ect. Email the guy and tell him eveything I need and he dropped this bomb...


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Most of this I will try to get together tonight or early tomorrow as I will not be home til later this evening. What I can tell you is there is no license plate on the trailer and I was never able to acquire a title for it. I bought it from skipper buds and they claim they did a search for it and found nothing. The boat was previously titled in mi so it is likely in the MOD somewhere. I will look for any markings on it. Again I have never been concerned about this in WI
Fuck. So how the fukc do I get a title for a trailer, that technically this guy doesn't even own? and it's not some simple home made job.. Its a nice Four Winns triple axle trailer.

BTW.. here it is.
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can you play the game like when you buy a car, and just have the bill of sale done just before you move it?

It's easier to beg for forgiveness than ask permission.
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can you play the game like when you buy a car, and just have the bill of sale done just before you move it?

It's easier to beg for forgiveness than ask permission.
For the moving portion, I don't know. We can't plate it until we have ownership (right?), and we won't have ownership until we get hand the guy cash, and he signs off of the title. And we have to have plate numbers for the Oversize permit for Wi and MI
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