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Duncan posted 04-16-2002 02:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for Duncan   Send Email to Duncan  
I posted a request for input on a new trailer for an old 13 a few weeks back and Dick was nice enough to offer some assistance. I had called Shorelandr and they couldn't tell me the right trailer for a classic 13. I tried EZloader (dicks suggestion) and loadrite as well but noone could help tell me for sure which would work for a 13 nor would they shorten the tongue.

Anyway, I got a trailer and it works great. Hauled it 500 miles at 75 MPH, so far and no problems! I had some special requests. I wanted the 1,250 # class as I haul stuff inside the boat going to my camp. Stock trailers were 18 feet and it had to fit in my garage (custom short tongue), I wanted to upgrade to 5.30 x 12 load range C tires off the bat.

After trying all three manufacturers, I held my breath and went to my local (non-Whaler) boat dealer and thru their pull w/ Shorelandr' Pennsylvania fabrication facility, I was able to get what I wanted. Very happy with it. Thought you would want to know the specs as purchased...

Shorelandr SLB-14-TM Galvanized
Custom tongue (shortened 2')
Upgraded to 5.30 x 12 load range "C" tires
Bearing buddies (think they are standard equip)

The dealer set it up all screwy so I put it up on jack stands and realigned the bunks. Proper set up as follows:

(1)Bunks parallel and 24 1/2", Outside-to-Outside, which allows the bunks to align easily inside the "fins" at the stern of the 13. Plenty of stability as there is a tie-down ancor point on the outside rail of the trailer, by the tail lights (tiedowns from there to the lifting eyes)

(2) bunks at least 5 1/2" above the trailer. (allows sponsons to clear when launching)

(3) leave the "bunk canting" bolts loose till the boat is on the trailer so bunks conform to the "v"shape of the hull, then get under and tighten.

(4) Even with the tongue shortened, the back hatch of our FourRunner (Honey-pie's suburban housewife assault vehicle) clears winch stand by at least a foot.

These specs should be posted to Reference section. Will suggest to JimH.

newboater posted 04-16-2002 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for newboater  Send Email to newboater     

Thanks for the report. If you don't mind telling all, what did you pay for this great ride for your 13?

Dave S.
(with a rusty trailer in San Diego)

jimh posted 04-17-2002 12:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
How many cross memebers does the trailer have?

Is there a cross member at the transom?

Any keel rollers?

jimh posted 04-17-2002 12:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I tried to locate that trailer model on the SHORELANDR website, but unfortunately they use some rather strange JAVA APPLET or other nonsense to make navigation impossible.

[I always wonder why people who make websites to promote their products make it as hard as possible to get any information from the website. Mercury is another good example, as is this Shorelandr site.]

Anyway, I can get about as far as:
<> before my browser chokes on their poor JAVA code.

Duncan posted 04-17-2002 10:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Just shy of $800 before tax. Spare additional.

Three cross members if I recall correctly.

Cheesy small picture:

Came with just one roller which is up under the bow, just where the keel starts to curve up. Mine has had keel repairs so i prefer to have it sit mainly on bunks. [sheepish facial expression, looks over shoulder] I DRIVE the boat ONTO THE TRAILER most of the time due to heavy curents at unprotected boat ramps and I'm usually alone (and late for wifes curfew!)

Will confirm your questions when I get home.

Duncan posted 04-17-2002 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Paid $789 + tax .
TWO crossmembers. Rear crossmember is about a foot in from the rear and the bunks stick by .....even with the end of the trailer.

Dick posted 04-17-2002 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Sounds like you got a good fit, My Scorelander fits my Montauk like a glove.

Web sites don't show all of the options that are available, I have 10 pages of options for E-Z Loader and about the same number for Carnai (Calkins) . In most cases they are only teasers with the basic info. Detailed info requires e-mail or phone contact or referal to a dealer.If they were selling over the net it would be different.

JFM posted 04-18-2002 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Duncan, Thanks for the report! I posted under performance for recommendations with no response.
Is there enough room on your rear cross member to put on a keel roller? Thanks, Jay
Duncan posted 04-19-2002 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Yes. Rear crossmember is even pre-drilled, 6" on center, which I'd imagine is for a roller bracket. There is an oblong hole in between those two holes, as well. For a motor stabilizer, maybe???

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