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JustFish posted 06-22-2002 10:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for JustFish   Send Email to JustFish  
Hello All -
I am new to Whalers and to this forum. Right now I have a 2001 16' Dauntless w/ a 90 Merc 4 stroke. I'd like to move to the 21 Outrage with a Yamaha F225.

Anyway - the problem is the height of the boat on the trailer. Where I live, I must keep it in a garage (I don't want to keep it off site).

The size of the garage isn't the issue - I have a bay 14' X 30' and can get a break tongue trailer (even at that size I am told).

The door is the problem. Though its 9' wide, its only 8 feet tall. I have a true 95" of clearance. I have measured at my local dealer -- 108".

The dealer looked into getting the boat lower on the trailer, but couldn't come up with that many inches without sacrificing safety.

Anyone ever heard of a removable grab rail and windshield - i.e. easily removable and still sturdy upon putting it back?

I did consult a custom fabricator on the grab rail - they thought it was probably doable, but have never done one.

Any thoughts / experience / comments would be greatly appreciated.

mtbadfish posted 06-22-2002 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for mtbadfish  Send Email to mtbadfish     
I've been pondering the same thing. I have a 22' Outrage w/cuddy. My situation is similar with regard to garage height and I have removed the rail and windshield to gain entry, this in addition to mounting a hitch assembly on the front of my truck to ease movement of the boat in that I enter the garage from an extremely narrow alley.

Removal and relacement of the rail and windshield is a "Class A" pain, primarily due to the fact that my arms aren't 8' long to reach in and around the console.

I am going to check into the availability of some quick-release type fasteners that can be used in place of the nut and bolt system currently in place.

I'll let you know what I find if you're interested.

If all else fails I'll raise the garage!

Good luck with your situation.


JustFish posted 06-22-2002 12:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for JustFish  Send Email to JustFish     
mtbad - I look into making the opening higher. ~$3000. The door has to become a roll-up and would have to be custom made for the opening. Highest I could go is 112 in order to maintain header and the solid pour lentil (sp?) integrity. This doesn't include the royal pita the process entails.

I am very interested in what you find.

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