The disassembled platform of the AC72 OTUSA 17 was sitting in a warehouse in Oakland, California. Knowing that it would require some serious logistics to get the boat across the country and that winter weather might pose an issue we began planning the transport in November. Luckily, Oracle had moved the boat several times and was able to recommend packing and shipping companies with experience in handling and moving the vessel.
In 2014, we worked with one of Oracle Racing’s 2013 shore team members, Chris Sitzenstock, to transport the daggerboard and other donated items to the Museum. Although Chris no longer worked for Oracle he was able to provide some much needed advice regarding the transport, assembly and lift of OTUSA 17. While I have some experience moving large vessels around, this transport obviously called for a whole new level of planning and organization. Following Chris’s advice we hired R & A Trucking Company in Oakland to organize the shipment, which would require extensive permitting to get the oversized hulls across the country (the hulls alone are 72 feet–including the truck the overall shipping length was probably approaching 85 to 90 feet!). The project was tackled by Eric Weakley and Ben Soleimanieh, R & A’s Operations Manager.