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Zack posted 08-10-2000 06:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for Zack   Send Email to Zack  
This afternoon I saw a great looking 1971 Nauset that had been in a road accident. It seems that either the axle broke or the trailer had a blow out. The owner was unable to control the vehicle and the boat hit the guard rail then came off the trailer. The damage was on the starboard side rear. Railing was off, seat came out of floor, canvas came out. But the most serious was the rear quarter. Split about 2 feet forward of transon(gap about 9"). Transom aft about 2". Going to be hard to repair. This is a shame as the father(driver) had brought the boat down from Iowa the give his son, in Heath, Texas. Only 5 miles from sons when accident happened.

What can we learn- 1. Always take long trips with good tires. 2. Always strap the transom to the trailer. 3. Use safety chains. This accident might have been less severe had this owner followed the above. He had none. I left him my card and told him I know a place close that give new life to broken whalers and expressed my sadness for his misfortune.


whalernut posted 08-10-2000 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Zack, if that isn`t a nightmare come true, I don`t know what is. I do everything you said to preventive accidents. I look in the mirror of my truck at least every minute because of such fear. I love my Currituck so much, if that accident happened to my boat, I would need a psyciotrist! Well, I hope you`re card will help the man get his beutiful classic fixed like new again. Regards-Jack Graner.
Son of a Whaler posted 04-29-2002 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Son of a Whaler  Send Email to Son of a Whaler     
Well, talk about a small world. I got the 1972 Nauset all fixed up and got it on the water for the first time yesterday afternoon. After we got the Whaler out of the water, we had parked in front of a friend of ours and Zack stops by. He told me about seeing the accident (I wish my Dad had told me about running into Zack) and offering assistance and advice. I guess my Dad forgot and I did the best that I could in getting the boat all fixed up. Talking with Zack last night, I guess I didn't do all that bad. One of the great things that I learned from Zack yesterday was about this site and it's resources. Thanks Zack, I will be contacting you for more advice, since this boat will be passed on to my son when he's old enough.
Whaler Proud posted 04-29-2002 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     
Zack: Where is this repair place? I am in Fort Worth and would like to know more places that work and and sell parts for Whalers.



Taylor posted 04-29-2002 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I'm glad to hear the story had a happy ending. Welcome Son of a Whaler!

Zack must have given you a good rundown on the Forum, because you were able to find his original post. (BTW there is a little date bug, that's why your post looks like 2000).

Boston Marine posted 04-29-2002 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Boston Marine    
I think that boat was on e-bay two weeks ago!!
JimU posted 04-30-2002 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
besides the "obvious", does any one have a safety check list for long trips?
jimp posted 04-30-2002 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
I towed my Montauk from Eastern Long Island to Homer, Alaska, 4600 miles in 12 days. Before I started: new tires, new lights, complete inspection of EVERYTHING, new stainless bolts for everything, 1-800 number for the trailer manufacturer, new bushings for the springs, etc. I also carried a complete tool box with drill, bits, extension cord, hack saw, spare wheel bearings, spare axle extension, etc. At EVERY stop (about 200 miles), a complete walk around of the trailer, feeling the Bearing Buddies, looking under the boat, checking the engine support brackets. And being lucky. Outside Edmonton, I noticed that the step support bracket on the trailer, behind the left wheel had a broken weld. So I removed the step (on both sides) and moved my lights back to the frame on both sides. Took and hour.

The check list? Check & rebuild everything before you go. Check everything at every stop. Feel lucky.


Hobie1981 posted 04-30-2002 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hobie1981  Send Email to Hobie1981     
This was a heartbreaker. Hopefully she can be rebuilt.

When I trailer, I carry the following in a totebox which stays in the car.

Spare bearings, including Buddy bearing.
grease gun (small).
spare tire, mtd on trailer.
spare bulbs fot trailer lights.
some 16 guage wire.
circuit tester.
jack which fits the trailer.
wrench to remove lug nuts.
hand cleaner.
change of clothes.
road flares.
flash light.
Spare tie down straps.

Overkill..yeah probabally. But as a kid I had enough excitement with my Dads trailering adventures..

Dr T posted 04-30-2002 12:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Glad to see you have the boat out on Hubbard.

Out of curiousity, did the wreck happen on the I-30 causway. The winds can be vicious there.

To the list, I would add: Make sure you have the right amount of weight on the trailer hitch (to maintain stability in high cross winds).

tds, former resident of Rockwall

JimU posted 05-02-2002 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Hobie you make me chuckle. You sound like my oldest son, now 34, who gets great pleasure out of relating his Dad's trailering experiences when he was in his preeteen years. It's always good for a laugh at my expense.
lhg posted 05-02-2002 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Most here know this, but the most important thing in trailering to make sure the boat is SECURELY strapped to the trailer. I had an EZ LOADER trailer completely separate where the tongue meets the main frame, at 60 MPH, and the only thing that kept the whole contraption together was the 18' WHALER, well strapped on to it.

The bow must be strapped up tight UNDER the bow roller stop (the 3 or 4" rollers are better than the "winged" affairs), and backed up by a fairly tight fitting safety chain. And the 2" transom straps must be the "over centering" leverage type, going almost STRAIGHT down from the stern eyes to the eye hooks on the BACK of the trailer frame. If your boat overhangs the rear trailer cross member, move it forward as necessary so your straps work properly. Some of the all bunk float-on trailers are very bad in this regard. The old fashioned belly straps are a second rate solution and shouldn't be used unless absolutely necessary, as in a Whaler Drive boat.

A boat properly strapped on the trailer will usually survive a tire problem.

JimU posted 05-03-2002 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
IHG-Any pics of your recommendations? thanks JIM
lhg posted 05-03-2002 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Jim - On Cetacea page 11 you can see the two sets of transom straps I use on my 25. In the Brackets Reference section, you can see the transom straps on my 18 Outrage. Don't have anything that shows the bow eye snugged up under the bow stop roller. Check out JimH's trailering article.

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