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  • Recommendations on trailerable cruiser

    Been a while since I actually posted. In the market for a used dual engine cruiser that can be trailered. Sundancer 280 comes to mind. Birth in front and aft is a must. Tow rig is a brand new duramax, and budget is no higher than $70k. Live in the midwest but I travel for deals.
    2003 Glastron SX175 3.0l Mercruiser

  • #2
    There are several, as an example of two
    280 Sundancer is 8760 lbs and 8'10" beam
    27 Formula PC is 9500 lbs and 9'6" beam

    Then there is Cruisers, Regal, Rinker and others, how far you traveling
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    G-Dad always said "First Liar doesn't stand a chance"

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    • #3
      Loads over 102" (8-1/2") wide require permits in most states
      1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

      Past Boats
      1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
      2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheasheads in Paradise"
      1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

      What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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      • #4
        The "must be trailerable" thing. Will this be done every time you use it, or just infrequently, as in twice a year/to and from storage?

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        • #5
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          • #6
            Regal makes the 28 express that'll fit into your requirement. My budget was smaller and my tow vehicle less capable. Wife and I found a Regal 2665. Honestly it's enough length but I wish we had more beam. (8'6). Which is a sacrifice you make with a trailerable cruiser.

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            • #7
              Let me re-phrase and expand on ahicks..... Since even a 70 footer is "trailerable" with the right equipment and permits.....what are you considering "trailerable".

              Hooking up to your 1 ton diesel and pulling thru every state is 8.5 ft (102") or less beam. That puts you in the under 28' range
              1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

              Past Boats
              1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
              2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheasheads in Paradise"
              1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

              What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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              • #8
                Pulled mine in KY and TN and had no issues. Most will ignore so long as your under 10 foot
                94 Formula 27PC Custom 509MPI MEFI3 , B3 XR
                95 Rinker 232 w/ 7.4L Carb 0F425011 B1 0F486471
                07 SeaDoo GTX
                Raw Water Pump Maintenance
                Merc Adults Only
                G-Dad always said "First Liar doesn't stand a chance"

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                • #9
                  mine was right at 10' and never had issues in MO and TN. Bayliner 2550, great boat for the size but your budget is pretty stout.

                  Your mileage may vary.



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                  • #10
                    That's what I was thinking. I've seen WAY over legal boats pulled frequently. Not sure I'd want to do that every time I wanted to use it though. A quick trip across town on a Sunday morning prior to much traffic (O dark 30) shouldn't attract too much attention though....

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                    • #11
                      while you may get away with towing over width limit, I dont know anyone being so lucky. in once case, the state trooper in GA looked up the boat specs while following a buddy pulling a 9'-11" wide Wellcraft scarab 35. $3000 fine and a full DOT inspection and couldn't move from the side of the road until he had permits. He did not have a log book either which could have meant being parked for 10. he only received a warning for the log since they got $3k for the over-width

                      case you need to get a permit. Overwidth Permits:

                      States may grant special use permits to motor vehicles, including manufactured housing, that exceed the Federal 102 inch width limitation.
                      State Oversize/Overweight Load Permit Contacts

                      To obtain State permits, you will need to contact the State(s) in which you wish to travel. See below for the State permitting web site, or contact the State permitting office by telephone.
                      Canadian Provinces


                      1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

                      Past Boats
                      1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
                      2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheasheads in Paradise"
                      1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

                      What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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                      • #12
                        My thoughts too. Probably won't get harassed for it but if you do you will wish you followed proper procedure. My next boat will be over width and for certain I will be getting the proper permits if I tow it anywhere.

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                        • #13
                          You can go on and on about it, and yes it is something you can be fined for, but just look at the beam on your buddys boat 9'11", that is 10 ft any day. Only thing that is 9'6" on my formula is amidships rub rail for about 6 inches each side. Either way check your states and talk to the local cop and state boys.

                          We should at least stick to the OP's original question and let him worry about the regs
                          94 Formula 27PC Custom 509MPI MEFI3 , B3 XR
                          95 Rinker 232 w/ 7.4L Carb 0F425011 B1 0F486471
                          07 SeaDoo GTX
                          Raw Water Pump Maintenance
                          Merc Adults Only
                          G-Dad always said "First Liar doesn't stand a chance"

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                          • #14
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                            Wow thanks for the help guys! Trailering in MN, we have multiple rivers and larger lakes (leech, minnetonka, mille lacs, superior, michigan) Plan on trailering distances of up to 600 miles. Once or twice in the boats life maybe a trip down to Florida from MN. I do understand trailer permit restrictions. Interstate would be here to Chicago likely the most often.
                            2003 Glastron SX175 3.0l Mercruiser

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