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    I just bought a new boat, it is 28 x 10 1/2. I need to get it from Homer to Soldotna, my question is, where do I get an oversize permit? Is it from the DMV or DOT, I have the oversize signs, do I need anything else? How much is a 1 day permit.

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    Default DOT Commercial Vehicles

    Give them a call.
    907-365-1200
    800-478-7636


    Or go online.

    http://dot.alaska.gov/mscve/main.cfm?go=permits


    Not sure about over ten wide. May need more than just the signs and rotating beacon. Under ten wide and that is all you need.

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    your going to need a pilot car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
    your going to need a pilot car.
    I'm towing today steve
    I've already bit all my fingernails off!
    wish me luck

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    I was poking around the DMV web site and it looks like 10'-6" is the cutoff for the relatively inexpensive permits and pilot car.
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    no pilot car needed, 10'6" is the cut off, I got my permit and made the move, thanks for the help.

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    Do those oversize signs scratch the paint on the engines? Someone told me they did, and to not put them over the engines. But putting it behind the engine obscures a lot of the sign. I have seen boats being towed with them over the engines. It seems to me the way the law might like to see it done. Maybe you could wrap the engine with plastic wrap where the sign contacts the paint? Or no big deal? Thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    Do those oversize signs scratch the paint on the engines? Someone told me they did, and to not put them over the engines. But putting it behind the engine obscures a lot of the sign. I have seen boats being towed with them over the engines. It seems to me the way the law might like to see it done. Maybe you could wrap the engine with plastic wrap where the sign contacts the paint? Or no big deal? Thanks for the input.

    Yes at least that's my experience. Road grim I guess. I put mine on the boat behind the engines and so far nobody seems to care. Frankly I think the signs, beacon and permit costs are nothing more than another revenue generator for the state.

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    I towed for years, every weekend, with the sign behind the engines. No one ever said a word about it.

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