I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma out here on the edge of the prairie for two years before I learned that we are actually the most in land sea port in these United States. So we just have to cover the 15 miles between us and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
Betsy and I got out the laser level and carefully measured the boat. The skeg is 1.25 inches lower than the keels. The bow without the bulwarks is a fraction under 16 feet and 13 ft 9 inches without the bulwarks. The aft is 15 1/2 feet with the bulwarks and 12 foot 9 inches without them. The beam is 22 feet at 13 ft where the catwalks are and 16.5 feet above the catwalks. The move weight will be just under 30 tons.
It turns out that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is actually first rate when it comes to technology. We may have third world public schools on the north side of Tulsa, but we can get an oversize/overweight permit in the matter of minutes 24/7! Rock on. So after making up some stuff about a truck and trailer it actually gave us a route.
The big question is what kind of trailer will carry Seeker as low as possible under the power and utility lines that are hung at 18 ft above the road and which company. Fortunately Tulsa is a great place to live if you want to move something big. It’s not uncommon to see massive chillers, refinery and oil field equipment traveling down our roads. The make low boy trailers that can fit their two rear axles in the 9 feet available between the keels and skeg, but they are rare trailers if they are not 8 1/2 ft wide and we need something just 7 1/2 ft wide in order to fit it between the keels.
With some help from Tom Belcher we have found that it’s not too difficult to find damaged tandem axles for free. Even better, delivered to us. Tulsa is a great place! So the next idea is to place 2 sets of tandem axles in front the keels. That’s 16 semi truck wheels with frame built between them to hold the boat. Then the rest of the load is carried by the truck.
One of the most frequent questions we are asked, is how we plan to get the boat to the water from woodland and prairie of Tulsa Oklahoma to the nearest port over 500 miles south at Houston Texas .
But the Tulsa Port of Catoosa; the most in-land sea-port in the United States, is just 16 miles from our front yard. Then it’s just 440 miles and 420 feet in elevation through 18 locks to the Mississippi and then another 600 miles to New Orleans and open water. The closest call we will have is the I-430 bridge in Arkansas which has it’s clearance listed at 53 ft when the water is at it minimal level. Lucky for us, the top of our mast is 52 1/2 ft from the water.
Getting from our front yard to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa will be done by a house mover. The boat will have to be moved without the pilot house attached as well as the forward bulwarks in order for it to pass under the utility lines are are 18 feet above the road.