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|Author||Topic: Whaler Trailer|
posted 07-14-2001 11:14 AM ET (US)
It's time to buy a new trailer for the 1988 20' Outrage (single 140hp Johnson). Trailer will be used for boat storage, short trips to and from the launch/recovery site (approx. 4 miles) and will have to survive in a salt water environment. All experiences and suggestions regarding currently available trailers will be appreciated.
posted 07-15-2001 09:51 AM ET (US)
With trailerable boats, there is a definite correlation between likelihood of using the boat and ease of launching and recovery from/to trailer.
When the boat and trailer are well set up, you can launch and recover without hassles. Making this process as simple and easy as possible will greatly increase your tendency to "throw" the boat in the water and go for a spin.
Also, the more your set up is adaptable to different styles of ramps and different slopes and depths of water, the greater will be the opportunity to use your boat.
Although there is somewhat of a religious schism on this issue, I think that a keel roller trailer offers the best approach.
The trailer needs:
--plenty of rollers--two at each crossmemeber and at least four crossmembers;
--premium rollers (Stoltz) and well-greased axles (stainless steel preferred);
--side guides to help hold boat in position in a cross wind;
--winch with power and ratio suitable to haul boat. Two speed winches for heavier boats.
With this type of set up you can launch and recover at any type of ramp, from shallow to deep, you won't have to get your feet wet,
posted 07-15-2001 08:32 PM ET (US)
My used '95 Dauntless came with a bunk style EZ loader trailer with no rollers and just 2 cross-members. The boat sits so low it almost touches the fenders on both sides, with only a 1/2 inch gap. Can more cross members be added so that rollers can be added to suppliment the bunkers? What course of action should I take? Thanks in advance for your advice.
posted 07-15-2001 08:49 PM ET (US)
You should be able to add more cross members. I added one this spring to my Karavan trailer. Dealt direct with customer service at the factory and after one wrong shipment, got the correct cross member. I now have four pairs of Stoltz rollers for my 18 Outrage and retreiving is a breeze with a two speed winch.
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