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  • #16
    I would rent a pontoon and tow it slow on a Tuesday-Wednesday. Mastercraft will only tow in a straight line you can't get therm to turn while under power while tied to something heavy. ( found this out towing a buddy) had to let off the gas position the boat where i wanted to go then engaged the towing again. No matter how much gas I gave it and the rudder turned it still went straight.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by jgraham37128 View Post
      I would rent a pontoon and tow it slow on a Tuesday-Wednesday. Mastercraft will only tow in a straight line you can't get therm to turn while under power while tied to something heavy. ( found this out towing a buddy) had to let off the gas position the boat where i wanted to go then engaged the towing again. No matter how much gas I gave it and the rudder turned it still went straight.
      I second rent a pontoon. Thus is perfect and people around here do it all the time
      2010 X-15
      SOLD 1994 205
      2011 Pathfinder
      2016 Ford Flex
      3 kids, a wife, and a boat dog
      1 kid in college

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      • #18
        Originally posted by dvsone79 View Post
        Buying a used dock for our new lake house and need to get it moved from its current location to its new home. Anyone done it w/ their MC? If so, any advice? Local company wants $100 per mile to tow it, and it’s 25 miles or so by water, so rather than pay them an exorbitant amount, I figured I could just tow it myself. But wanted to weigh the pros and cons first.
        How old is the dock? Are the styrofoam floats in good shape and secure? Do you have 3-4 hrs on a weekday to move it? Can you rent or borrow a pontoon boat?
        2010 X-15
        SOLD 1994 205
        2011 Pathfinder
        2016 Ford Flex
        3 kids, a wife, and a boat dog
        1 kid in college

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        • #19
          I'd just pay the transport company before renting a pontoon.

          Pontoon rentals are not cheap, at least not around here. You'd probably spend at least $500 for the time you'd need the boat for.

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          • #20
            seems better to sell it and buy a new one for the $2500 bucks to move it.

            Can't you take it apart and put it on a trailer drive around and put it back together??

            That is what I would do.. no way would I try and move it 25 miles by boat... or pay $100/mile

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            • #21
              Whatever you do, get pics!
              Former: 2007 X15

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              • #22
                Originally posted by curver900 View Post
                seems better to sell it and buy a new one for the $2500 bucks to move it.

                Can't you take it apart and put it on a trailer drive around and put it back together??

                That is what I would do.. no way would I try and move it 25 miles by boat... or pay $100/mile
                Have you noticed the demand for boats lately? The demand for docks is equally high, and the price for new docks might be even higher in comparison due to supply costs. There’s several months lead time on building a new one.

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                • #23
                  Is the 100/mile just while under tow or do you have to also pay them to go get it and for their drive back?

                  Are you up river or down river from where its going?

                  This might sound a bit nuts but its really not that uncommon to toss outboard motors onto floating docks and drive them around like a pontoon boat. How feasible this would be for you would depend if you have an outboard and how much speed you could get out of it. If nothing else if you have a few people you could use the ski boat to rip down and swap out your crew on the boat/resupply with gas and just plan on it taking an entire day to drive it.

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                  • #24
                    Last 4th of July, I saw someone convert a floating dock into a putting green and people would hit balls toward the "green" from their yards. They moved it with a trolling motor. The driver of the putting green was hit several times. Fun entertainment on days the boat stays tied to the dock.

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                    • #25
                      I've done it with a 10x20 on a very early Sunday morning. It takes a lot longer than you'd expect because you have to go a lot slower than you'd expect. Really couldn't imagine 25 miles. My tow was 7.5 and took every bit of two hours.
                      1994 ProStar 205 LT1

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                      • #26
                        Hopefully this isn't a stupid question, I have no idea what this thing looks like, but can it be taken apart and transported over a couple trips at your leisure, maybe recruit a neighbor to help? I couldn't pay $100 a mile just based on general principal, but I realize some people may value their time more than me, or some that simply do not care they are paying $2500.

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                        • #27
                          So what happens if the pontoon is tied hard to the dock you are moving and the dock begins to sink. Could a pontoon save it or do they both get destroyed?

                          2500 bucks seems like decent insurance policy. I know it sucks but so does everything in this game.

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                          • #28
                            After careful consideration and lots of sound advice from this forum, we’ve decided against doing it ourselves. I appreciate all the input! Would’ve definitely taken pics. All of these things brought up have been on my mind. Heck, even the possibility of CO poisoning occurred to me. At idle speeds, underneath the roof of the dock, and for that amount of time, it could be a recipe for CO concentrations high enough to be dangerous.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by uplandbird View Post
                              So what happens if the pontoon is tied hard to the dock you are moving and the dock begins to sink. Could a pontoon save it or do they both get destroyed?

                              2500 bucks seems like decent insurance policy. I know it sucks but so does everything in this game.
                              Same as any time you have your boat tied to something you need to have a way to cut the rope around and very handy.
                              Particularly if you're going up or down a set of locks, or if you've got anything in tow you need a good knife or heavy duty scissor so you can separate the load in a hurry.

                              10 feet is an oversized load.

                              I also couldn't stomach paying 2500 for the pleasure the detail that this thing has a roof adds to the complexity doesn't sound like the thing can just be tossed on a pontoon trailer and hauled over the road.

                              The irritating thing is whoever you pay 2500 bucks to is going to show up with one of those ridiculous triple outboard work barges with the hydraulic arm and do the whole job in 2 hours. Nothing like having the tool.

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                              • #30
                                I sold a 38x20 dock that was 18 feet tall in March, and the new owner pushed it 18 miles up the lake by putting his boat in the slip and pushing it at 2MPH the whole way. He disconnected the walkway and put it on his boat directly. Two weeks later, my dock builder built my 700sqft dock three miles away, and pushed it to my property with a 24foot pontoon. It can be done with a little patience and time.

                                Update: Nevermind - Sounds like you have a plan already!
                                Last edited by FoggyNogginz; 06-09-2021, 03:24 PM.

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