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Disassembly & Shipping a 31' Tiki

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canoegoddess
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Disassembly & Shipping a 31' Tiki

ALoha and Malo 'e lelei!
I am considering purchasing a 31' Tiki that is in B.C., Canada and want to disassemble and ship it cheaply to Nukualofa Tonga for an artisinal fishing co-op in my village in Ha'apai. Its a project boat that needs some basic work and isn't fitted yet for a distance voyage so can't sail it plus I'm not yet experienced enough to sail her :/ But its a good deal and shipping it might be fiscally advantageous vs. building my own in Tonga.
My question is has anyone ever disassembled their wharram cat, Tiki or otherwise, and if so any stories, pointers, advice, etc.  Can it fit into a regular sea container ? Should I think about buying and shipping a trailer ? Would a professional boat mover be required ? Does anyone know any boat builders in B.C. that could be hired to dissassemble ?
I'm at the early stage of research but need to move quickly and the freight forwarders and boat movers in Canada are a bit slow to respond...so hope this forum is another well of info. Feel free to message email or respond here
Thanks in advance
Lea Lani
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