Trailering height of Ericson 38-200 with the 6'6" deep keel?

mpsnow53

Junior Member
I am considering purchasing Ericson 38-200 with the deep keel. I'll have to have it transported overland and all the transport companies want an exact height from the keel to the highest point on the cabin top. the current owner measured it and came back with between 13' and 14'. It becomes much more costly if it is over 13'6". Does anyone have an exact measurement? I can't find any data on this measurement anywhere.

thanks,

mpsnow53
 

bgary

Advanced Beginner
Blogs Author
I don't have an exact measurement, but I have a methodology that worked for me....

I measured
-- top of bow pulpit to water (while the boat was in the water)
-- added the designed draft (6'0 in my case, and because the boat was "light" when I measured that gave me a little buffer)
That should give you the worst-case height with the bow pulpit in place

Then, just to be sure that's the real worst-case
-- do the same measurement at the stern pulpit
-- then "sight" from bow pulpit to stern pulpit and see if there is anything (dorade guard, cabin-top winches) that sticks up higher than a straight line between bow-pulpit and stern pulpit.

Should be able to get a pretty good number - mine was within an inch.

If you need to pull the pulpits/stanchions off to make it work, I'd recommend doing the measurements above and then
-- calculate the difference in height between bow pulpit and stern pulpit measurements
-- tape a piece of lath to the stern pulpit and mark that distance on the wood.
-- run a taut string between the bow pulpit and the mark on the lath - you now have a "level line" you can use as a reference to see which things you'll have to remove. For example, if that string represents 15'0" total height, then you know that you'll need to remove anything that is within 1'-6" of the level of that string.



And, yes, you do want to get road-height to be less than 13'-6" The Federal standard is 16 feet (4.9m), but in urban areas the minimum clearance is 14 feet (4.3m). And the truck needs to account for the distance between ground and the bottom of your keel, hence the 13'-6" number. Taller objects can obviously be trucked over-road, but it limits the routes they can take and makes the trip more expensive.

$.02
 

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Lawdog

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Haul Out.jpgI trucked my E38 from California to RI and now its in Falmouth, Maine, and the height at the top of navpod at wheel to base of keel was 13'4", and 12' 2" to base of traveler on deck, so I removed wheel and took off deck winches and top cover of hatch and lifelines and it was under 12 from base of keel, and saved me substantial trucking costs, in that no special permits or escorts. The mast was tied on top of the deck. They also used a lowboy trailer which had been used to deliver a boat to the West Coast, and there was a bidding war on the shipping costs to deliver it the East COast, which helped me.
Neal
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e38 owner

Member III
I am considering purchasing Ericson 38-200 with the deep keel. I'll have to have it transported overland and all the transport companies want an exact height from the keel to the highest point on the cabin top. the current owner measured it and came back with between 13' and 14'. It becomes much more costly if it is over 13'6". Does anyone have an exact measurement? I can't find any data on this measurement anywhere.

thanks,

mpsnow53
I am sure that with mast on the side and puplits and wheel removed you will be legal height.
We are 14'9" on our trailer as shown but trailer is not a low boy
You will need a low boy trailer and all should be fine. Stanchions are 24" and draft is 6'6" so you can use the attached picture to make some measurements.
Notice the railing and dorades are removed on the cabin top. The front of the mast is under the bow pulpit, Wheel is removed but pedestal is fine
 

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Loren Beach

O34 - Portland, OR
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When we had our boat trucked up here from the Bay area, the "Low boy" trailer was set up for sailboat hauling and there was a padded set of brackets on the trailer frame that put the spar well under the waterline and beside the keel. Our boat has a bit less freeboard than a 38, and there was no mention of any worry about overhead clearance. It came up the I-5 to Portland.

Loren
 
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