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cinegamma posted 01-06-2015 10:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for cinegamma   Send Email to cinegamma  
The Science Channel recently aired a Mythbusters marathon which featured every episode. On one of the earlier episodes the myth involved a boater who "launched" his boat with the trailer still attached. To test the myth the team used a pre-smirk Classic 13 powered by what appeared to be a mid 1980s 25hp Mercury outboard. On the baseline test (regular launch, boat only) the boat achieved a top speed of 26mph. The boat was then returned to the trailer and after being secured with extra straps, launched again with the trailer attached. During this test the boat had a top speed of 5mph. The Mythbusters seemed to be surprised at how well/high the boat floated with the trailer attached, and listed the myth as "confirmed". I don't recall seeing this episode when it originally aired (I believe sometime in 2004) and wondered if anyone else happened to see it.
Nantucket Sleighride posted 01-07-2015 04:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nantucket Sleighride  Send Email to Nantucket Sleighride     
That episode of the "Myth Busters" was very amusing.
They secured the boat trailer to the underside of a 13' Boston Whaler and motored around the harbor.
The only noticeable change was that the boat was slower and refused to get on plane. You would not have known that the trailer was still under the boat unless you happen to notice the carpeted trailer guide-ons on either side of the boat. TrailerWhalerMythBusters_zpsaefe9471.jpg.html?sort=6&o=107

Jefecinco posted 01-07-2015 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
It's good to know my 1981 Sport 13 will remain afloat and maneuverable if launched with it's aluminum trailer. I don't know why it's good to know, it just is.


Teak Oil posted 01-07-2015 12:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
I am sure probably every classic and perhaps every Whaler would be able to do this, not just the 13.
Teak Oil posted 01-07-2015 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
I am sure probably every classic and perhaps every Whaler would be able to do this, not just the 13.
Powergroove803 posted 01-08-2015 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Powergroove803  Send Email to Powergroove803     
I have a friend who lives on a local lake and has no boat ramp but he does have a boat house with a rolling lift that is actuially his trailer with an electric winch and thats where his boat sits most of the year. When he needs to haul it out he straps his trailer to his boat and motors to the locl ramp to haul it out. Its quite a scnene at the boat ramp when he pulls up with the trailer attached....
Its not a Whaler but its fun to tag along for the haul out!
billsa posted 01-09-2015 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for billsa  Send Email to billsa     
I have seen (empty) aluminum trailers float by themselves at boat ramps in the past. Depending on the number and size of the trailer tires they can sometimes float the trailer when it is submerged far enough. With that said I am pretty confident that my 15 foot whaler could float my galvanized trailer if I ever cared to do so.

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