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We are on the move. Part 1 of 3.

Doug's stuff in storage at Monterey. Left side.

Doug’s stuff in storage at Monterey. Left side.

Moving Doug’s stuff from SafKeep storage in Monterey to Bayshore storage in Port Townsend is our adventure this year. How difficult is that? Well… it depends whats in the storage, how many pairs of hands, how many days, what vessels are at our disposal.

Right side, after the heavy equipment was moved onto the trailer. And there is a back area still completely full.

Right side, after the heavy equipment was moved onto the trailer. And there is a back area still completely full.

Before leaving SG, we made list of all the big items and estimate size, weight and “arranged” them on paper… just to get a feel of how things will fit in a 5×10 ft trailer or 5×8 ft Upod on trailer. It seems that with 70 cu ft boot, roof space and 200 cu ft trailer we could complete this shift in 3 trips. Lets see just how this best laid plan work out … we both have “me doubts” … 😉 since when is shifting ever easy.

A lot of energy went into loading the table saw.

A lot of energy went into loading the table saw.

So we’ve done the 1st step, which is to get the car with class 2 towing capability and a trailer rated for 2250lbs. That means we are not using the Upod option… which, by my estimate will be about $2500. And we did have the option to rent a 16 ft Penske covered truck for $1800, but thats is if we are able to load all the stuff, drive, unload and return in 5 days… which we are surely going to make it.

Stuffing boxes into the boot. It gets fully loaded too.

Stuffing boxes into the boot. It gets fully loaded too.

What we have is then a DEY (Do Everything Yourself) at your own pace option. The trailer and gas for 3 trips should cost us $2200, and then some hotels at Monterey and along the way stops, plus road food and lots of coffee stops. .. Maybe $3000 in total… Again, time will tell.

After 1.5 days of loading, we are ready to roll on our 1st trip North.

After 1.5 days of loading, we are ready to roll on our 1st trip North.

One benefit of DEY is that we get to enjoy the small towns and scenery along the 950mi drive… at 55MPH its take us 16hrs … or more. Think of it as recreational driving… shouldnt be too stressful, me thinks. Its all in the mind.

We made it. Lived to tell the 1st part of this Epic moving journey.

We made it. Lived to tell the 1st part of this Epic moving journey.

So we start our 1st trip with a lightly loaded trailer, 1500lbs by my estimate, just to get a feel of driving with a loaded trailer. Even then, loading the 600lbs table saw was quite an event. Ropes, blocks, huff and puffs.

We had rain all the way heading up there…. wasnt really fun driving with trucks pelting splashes up at us and then the wetness blurring up the beautiful countryside. Hopefully better luck with weather next trip.

Check out my backing the trailer back to the container! I got it spot on, such that rolling down the tablesaw and stuff was a breeze!

BTW, all Doug’s effort in winterizing Calliste paid off. We have no damages and no welcoming smell from the boat or container. Inside humidity reading was a perfect 65%, altho the lowest recorded temperature was -10 deg C.

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