Just wanted to drop everyone a note about towing an oversize load. For those that were coming from Eureka to Anchorage and passed the Bayliner pulled over by the Trooper no I did not get picked out of the group and ticketed for speeding. I got pulled over for an oversize paperwork check.
Let me start by saying the Trooper(also note this Trooper patrols normally along the Seward Hwy) was very, very nice. It is a little discouraging to hear him say that I am one of the "VERY FEW" that has all the required paperwork for hauling an overwidth load and having it filled out properly. So seeing I was in good graces, I decided to make a few inquires as to see what's common things they stop boats for. They have done their research on the internet of the most common boats here in Alaska and know which ones are close/over the 102" limit. As stated earlier in the year they are cracking down. For those that decide to risk it and roll with nothing, no permit, no signs, no light and you are caught in the double fine zone that will be about a 1700 dollar ticket, on a non holiday weekend. The most common thing right now is for folks to put the light and signs on with no permit thinking they can get away with it. So note they are wise to that fact. The other thing is that this year we, non commerical/recreational users, have not been granted our usual waiver for being able to tow during the holiday weekends. So there is going to be strict enforcement of the holiday restrictions. So make sure you are in place by 12 noon on Friday and do not leave before 00:01 on Tuesday after the upcoming holiday.
Commerical double trailers moving fish have a waiver granted for holiday weekends. So just because you see them moving does not mean it's ok.
A note to those with Kingfishers....this Trooper did specifically mention the bow rails and I think he said 10' 2".
Guys we are good up to 10' 6" without an escort so make sure we have our paperwork correct. If you see or know someone who is pulling down the road that is trying to skirt the law get them to get the required permit and have the proper gear on the vehicle. For those of us that are legal be prepared to be stopped and checked. I had all my paperwork in a plastic bag and ready when he walked up.
Last I did invite him to become a member here. So ML if you are reading this welcome to the forum and thanks for the info/conversation