Transport An F30 Convertible

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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby Big D » Fri May 03, 2013 11:01 pm

It's a sedan/convertible, not sure the year. I'll have to check. Either way, it looks like the bridge would have to come off. Wonder how difficult is it to get at the fasteners?
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby Big D » Sat May 04, 2013 8:41 pm

Found out she's a 1980 but no picks yet.
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby MTurvey » Sat May 04, 2013 10:58 pm

I believe my F30 is the Flybridge Sedan (or was it the convertible sedan...or convertible flybridge....hmmm), and we didn't have to take off the flybridge when it was trucked from Gig Harbor to Seattle, Washington. I'm not sure if the story would have been different if the journey was longer. They did take down the radar arch, bimini top/ frame & antennas, but that was it.
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby rooferdave » Sun May 05, 2013 9:15 am

Well I have experience with moving my 1976 36 ft tri fly, which I would think is larger or equal to the 30' you are speaking of. All I had to do was remove the window and railings off the flybridge as well as the rails for the canvas,

IMPORTANT NOTE when you take the canvas poles down, number them and what is port and starboard side, I thought "oh how can I screw this up?" when it came time to reassemble and the canvas did not fit right it was re arrange, turn around and I will never know how it went, mind you it was a new boat to me and I hab never seen the canvas on it before I bought it from the bailiff.

The hydraulic trailer is key as it has adjusable height and my boat at least had to be scarily low to the pavement to clear, the majic # for transport was 13'6"
and even then you cannot go under all bridges, equally impotant are overhead wires (phone hydro cable) any transporter worth his salt will know there are designated roads for overheight loads. Depending how far it is you could as I did, drive the route in advance and look for hazards.

One more important note... when your boat is as low as possible as is need for this type of move adjust your prop so the blades have max clearance, when I moved my boat for the first time (I paid $1,000 for about 120 miles) my props where not as such ( one blade down) and I got a ding in one of my props but could not prove it and did not feel like starting a war with the hauler
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby rooferdave » Sun May 05, 2013 9:17 am

Big D wrote:It's a sedan/convertible, not sure the year. I'll have to check. Either way, it looks like the bridge would have to come off. Wonder how difficult is it to get at the fasteners?

if its anything like mine, all the interior headliners have to come down. Not fun
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby summer storm » Sun May 05, 2013 3:12 pm

Looking at one in the marina, to me looks like the sides of the fly bridge extend down past the fly bridge deck by about 4 inches. Like of like a tab. I can't tell how it's bolted down but rooferDave might be right. If it would help I can take a pick of this one tomorrow.
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby Big D » Sun May 05, 2013 9:28 pm

Any pics would help. I'm convinced the bridge has to come off. The least amount of hieght with the top rail off is about 12'9" with props and rudders off, plus trailer height.
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby summer storm » Sun May 05, 2013 9:32 pm

No problem. I'll take some photos after work tomorrow.
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby rooferdave » Sun May 05, 2013 9:36 pm

Big D wrote:Any pics would help. I'm convinced the bridge has to come off. The least amount of hieght with the top rail off is about 12'9" with props and rudders off, plus trailer height.



trailer = no height as the hydraulic lowers to what you need, with rudders on and top rail off with room for suspension is 13'6"
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby summer storm » Mon May 06, 2013 7:40 pm

Looking at it makes me think that the flybridge is bolted from the inside of the boat. The side seating is part of the sides as is the helm. Because of this there is zero access up top.

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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby Big D » Mon May 06, 2013 9:28 pm

Yup that's it. Looks like the headliner has to come down on both sides. Thanks for taking the time to take the pics. I've been asked to remove the bridge so just wanted a heads up. It's a waiting game now.
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby lawyerdave71 » Wed May 08, 2013 11:52 am

I concur - looks like a pain in the but job.

BUT I do like this model!!
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby Big D » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:04 pm

FYI, trip was successful. Bridge of F30 sedan/bridge does not have to come off for transport on a hydraulic trailer but man was it close :shock: Nothing had to come off such as railing, windshield, etc.
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby prowlersfish » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:18 pm

I was thinking the Bridges are taller north of the border , I believe Ready posted something on that a while back .
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Re: Transport An F30 Convertible

Postby Jewelers Pride » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:38 am

I have a F30 flybridge express, and yes the top must come off. I had a custom trailer built for it, I dry store it in the winter. the top of the flybridge is 15' 2" on the trailer, when its off it is !2' 9" and legal. Hope that helps. Putting it back on is a 3 man affair and takes about 3 hours start to finish. Regards, Mark


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