View Full Version : Moving my boat to GA

06-25-2014, 12:09 PM
After accepting a job in southern Georgia and relocating with my wife, I will be moving my boat from South Holston in TN to Clarks Hill Lake on the GA/SC border. I have already signed the contract with Dreams in Motion. It looks like we will be moving it either the week of July 7th or the week of July 21st. This will be the fifth time that I have moved a houseboat - it is always a unique experience.

Anyway, I am sad to be leaving South Holston after being there twenty years, but am looking forward to exploring a new lake.

06-25-2014, 12:20 PM
Remember to disconnect your batteries. Good luck!

06-26-2014, 06:58 AM
Looks like you'll have to change your user name now there ETN! LOL! Congrats on the new job! You must really love that boat to be moving it as much as you are. I'd take it as an excuse to sell it and buy a new one! :)

06-26-2014, 10:39 AM
good luck on the move and the new job

06-26-2014, 11:07 AM
Started the new job three weeks ago - so far, so good. Did not want to change jobs at my age, but life did not ask my opinion.

This will only be the second time that I moved this particular boat. My wife said that it had to go with us - who am I to argue? Also, you cannot sell a houseboat where I live in northeast TN for squat. For what I will get out of it where it is, I would only be able to get something 10 ft shorter and 2 ft narrower in GA. The move cost itself is not really that bad considering that it is going through four states - TN, VA, NC, and SC. I could actually make money by moving it and selling it down in GA.

As far as my name on here, I still consider myself to be a TN boy, so I will leave it alone.

06-26-2014, 06:03 PM
Good luck with everything. Maybe the new handle will be "Xtnboater"???

07-03-2014, 02:54 PM
Movers are scheduled to come late Monday afternoon. Not sure if we will get it on the trailer Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. Tear down on Tuesday. Move on Wednesday/Thursday. Rebuild on Thursday/Friday. Splash on Friday.

07-03-2014, 03:21 PM
Movers are scheduled to come late Monday afternoon. Not sure if we will get it on the trailer Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. Tear down on Tuesday. Move on Wednesday/Thursday. Rebuild on Thursday/Friday. Splash on Friday.

you forgot to say "subject to change" lol. I did use dreams on a move of a 15x52 playcraft and he was on time and got it moved on time.

07-04-2014, 05:21 AM
Yeah - the first time I moved this boat was delayed by a month because that mover's shop building caught on fire. Unless something like that happens, I think it will be OK. He slotted me before a big move of a boat to CA.

07-08-2014, 08:02 AM
Picture! Take pictures! :)

07-09-2014, 12:47 PM
Got it on the trailer yesterday morning. I had to leave at 11:00 am to get back to GA. They got the roof stripped around 5:00 pm. They got the boat out of TN then through VA last night. They made it through North Carolina this morning with a three trooper escort ($$$). I talked to Don a minute ago and they were closing in on Columbia, SC with a two trouper escort ($$). So far, so good. They are going to reassemble the boat tomorrow. They are going to have to splash the boat without me there - I cannot get off work.

My wife got a few pics of the boat coming out of the water and some other folks got some of it being disassembled. I will post them in the next couple of days.

07-09-2014, 01:49 PM
It would be a great time to service those outdrives before she splashes again!

07-09-2014, 02:15 PM
I had all that done last year when we had to pull it to replace the $10 O-ring that seals the bottom of the exhaust Y-pipe to the transom assembly. We did look for fishing line around the prop shafts. Everything under the boat looked good. Zincs looked good. I will have to check them more in the new lake until I see how quickly they get used there.

07-10-2014, 08:22 AM
Fresh water = Magnesium anodes, not zinc.

07-14-2014, 06:11 AM
Zincs as in the generic term, not the actual metal. I should have used the term anodes.

Anyway, the boat was delivered with the usual road rash. I have two broken external lights because NC forced them down back roads. I have one crack on the roof edge from a tree limb hit. Overall, everything went about as good as it could go for moving something that big that quickly.

Oh, and the GA ants have already found their way onto the boat.

07-14-2014, 08:26 AM
I am always amazed at how quick the bugs move in.

07-14-2014, 12:20 PM
These are the little tiny ants. Everyone down here sprays their dock lines when they leave. This particular group of ants got on the boat while it was on the trailer being reassembled. The movers had a ladder leaned against the hull and there were two columns of ants marching up the ladder and onto the boat.

07-15-2014, 06:39 AM
What an adventure! I hope you find lots to like about your boat's new lake. Looking forward to the pictures.

07-15-2014, 06:48 AM
best luck to you, hope its inter state all the way,

07-16-2014, 12:11 PM
Make those ants walk the plank!

07-17-2014, 02:53 PM
So, I call up my local GA State Farm agent to get the boat policy transferred. After going around and around a bit, he finally says - since it is being slipped in SC, you have to get an SC State Farm agent to quote it. Even though you can register a boat in GA or SC for this lake because the state line runs right down the middle of the lake, I say OK and call an agent in SC. They contact my agent in TN to get the specifics of the current policy and shoot me a quote. The quote for SC is $1,800 a year. That is $800 more than it was in TN. So, the SC agent and I are going round and round with the underwriters to see why the big difference.

I have gotten quotes from other companies, but they are not that much less and they all want a new survey, my October 2010 survey is too old.

You have to pay to play, but $800 more a year seems excessive.

07-21-2014, 07:55 AM
Being closer to the coast, you're probably more subject to hurricane damage. Are you on a river system or is it simply a land-locked lake? I'm land-locked, so my insurance only runs ~$880 a year. I can't remember who my insurance is through b/c it was bought out recently and transferred to another company.

07-21-2014, 02:34 PM
It is on a land locked lake - the last in a series of three lakes on the Savannah river. You cannot lock through any of the dams. It seems that TN is pretty inexpensive as far as houseboat insurance goes.