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Old 31 May 2012, 22:01   #1
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Aluminum Zodiac H733 OTH

Saw this on freeway in Los Angeles today on my way home.

These things are so awesome!

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Is it actually legal to tow in the HOV lane? I suspect it's not, as trailers are limited to the two rightmost lanes.

Agree they are nice boats, though.

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Federal license plates probably help. Do you think they have a wide load permit too as they're over 102 inches wide?

You probably can't see it in the picture, but I love the way they tied the transom down: 1 four inch yellow ratchet strap, ends hooked to the corners of the trailer, middle looped over the samson post.
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Ah. That explains it. I knew a CHP officer who used to water ski; he said he'd routinely drive at 90 pulling his boat. He got to meet a lot of guys from the other offices that way. Never got ticketed. (CA speed limit is 55 if towing, for those from out of state.)

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You probably can't see it in the picture, but I love the way they tied the transom down: 1 four inch yellow ratchet strap, ends hooked to the corners of the trailer, middle looped over the samson post.
I tie my boat down using a 2 inch rathet strap over the motor pod. It's pretty solid; I've raised the trailer wheels off the ground when jacking the back of the boat off the trailer, and forgetting to remove the strap.

I've seen worse (including one guy using bungie cords at the back, and cotton rope at the front.)


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I love it. Now my girlfriend will send pictures when she passes one on the freeway (I-5 south, but San Clemente, CA)

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Its legal to tow in the HOV lane in Washington. Non-commercial vehicles including towed things have the same speed limit as other cars. Its not legal to drive in the leftmost regular lane when there are 3 or more lanes.

He is too wide for this state without a placard and permit.
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Yep, CA is 102 inches (2.6m) without a permit too. Though, I've heard that getting a permit is just a matter of paying a couple of bucks.

My 7.3m Willard is 2.9m. If I ever get stopped, I'll play dumb and let the air out of the tubes...though it's highly unlikely it will ever happen.
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Problem is that a permit load (I think) can only tow during daylight, may require chase vehicles, and may be limited to roadways they can travel on. And, I think the permits are time limited (though I have no idea how long for.)

My boat and trailer are just about at the width limit, I believe. Years ago, I figured out that my guide-on posts put me over the width limit. They're still on, and haven't caused problems yet.

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Yeah overwidth (up to a point) in this state is daylight only and the permits have a term. Daylight only is a serious issue in winter since days aren't that long. No chase or lead cars required until you get rediculously overwidth though.
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In CA, an annual permit is $90 for up to 12 feet.
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