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donel posted 05-09-2002 10:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for donel   Send Email to donel  
i haven't found a good used trailer yet ( still looking ) and if i can't, what is the best new brand to get to set up for '85 22' outrage?
Don Fisher posted 05-09-2002 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Don Fisher  Send Email to Don Fisher     
Trail Rite in Santa Ana, CA (they have a web site) makes a good trailer. I just sold the original one on my '80 Montauk and bought a new "custom" painted trailer for less than $2000.00.
NEVER SCARED posted 05-09-2002 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
What ever you get, avoid painted trailers!!!
One pin hole and its over! Id also get an all welded trailer. Pacific, EZ loader, Shore lander.
Don Fisher posted 05-09-2002 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Don Fisher  Send Email to Don Fisher     
My painted trailer lasted 22 years without a re-paint and was still in very good condition when I let it go. Depends on what you are using it for.
SeaHag posted 05-09-2002 02:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for SeaHag  Send Email to SeaHag     
I don't know where you reside but in Slidell, LA (just outside New Orleans) is Champion Trailer. I see lots of big boats on them and they (Champion) are very well respected locally. They do have an online catolog that you can download into Adobe or have one mailed to you. The trailers look sharp too. I get all my parts from them. I'd definetely give them a look if its logistically feasible.
lhg posted 05-09-2002 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Since you're in FL, you're lucky. You can buy a Continental, all welded channel frame, keel roller trailer (Made in Miami, with dealers all through the state of FL). You will want their "Vee Frame Galvanized Tilt Trailer" model. They make a tandem for the 22' Whaler, 4300 lb carrying capacity, model #CTWV22, with 13" wheels. You can also get same trailer in a 6000 lb version, 14" wheels, if you want. Without brakes, and bought right, this will be about $1600. SS disc brakes on one axle about $500 extra. You won't find a better, more appropriate trailer for a Classic Whaler.

These are keel roller models, and have a lot of cross members. Put dual Stoltz rollers on each cross member, with SS roller shafts.

You can see a picture of mine, in the 25 Outrage model, on Page 4 of Cetacea.

David Ratusnik posted 05-09-2002 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
donel- lhg hits it on the head. Go with it, look no further. I've seen several Continentals and they are quality built. The price he quotes can't be beaten.

I have an Aluminator out of Grant FLA. The Continental is superior. Heck, I sold a broken down twin ax a year ago thru a marine pawn shop for $900. $1600, new, it doesn't get much better.

.03 David

triblet posted 05-12-2002 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Donel, understand that this is a religious
debate. There are a number of good brands,
and little to recommend one of them over the
other. There, are on the other hand, some
not so good brands, and you REALLY don't
want one. Last year when I pulled out after
the dive club's annual houseboat trip, there
was a fellow with a boat that had to be
heavier than my Montauk, and his trailer
was clearly a wimp compared to my Shorland'r. Why did I notice? Because his
newish trailer had broken in two places.

If you ever boat on saltwater or brackish
water get a galvanized or alumninum trailer.
Painted is probably OK in fresh water ONLY.
I check out the trailers at the Monterey
breakwater pretty regularly. The painted
trailers are all rust buckets, or BRAND NEW.
The galvanized trailers that have been
around a while (you can tell by how deep the
registration stickers are stacked) may have
a little spot rust, but are generally in
pretty good shape.


humboldt jim posted 05-13-2002 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for humboldt jim  Send Email to humboldt jim     
I'll chime in.... I just purchased a Florida manufactured trailer for my 22' Outrage. I live in extreme northern California so I had the added pleasure of paying out a healthy shipping cost on top of the purchase, but given the local choices, it seemed worth spending a little extra dough. The trailer I chose is an all aluminum/stainless steel tandem axle, with bunks, keel rollers, kodiak disc brakes, torsion axles, and guide posts. The manufacturer is Performance, and the dealer is Tropic Trailer. I am pleasantly impressed with my purchase based on how it tows, how it performs at the ramp, and how it looks. I haven't, however given it the full treatment of a saltwater season chasing salmon and tuna.

Worth noting that my purchase was based somewhat on the positive comments of a fellow Whaler owner who purchased same trailer and who frequents this site.

aubv posted 05-16-2002 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Has anyone had any experience with Boat Master trailers out of Ft. Myers Fl.?

I saw a very nice aluminum trailer made by them. I was told they meet specs for CPD boats. Any thoughts? I'm a couple weeks away from ordering a trailer.


COWBOY posted 05-16-2002 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for COWBOY  Send Email to COWBOY     
I have a 17 Montauk on a Boatmaster trailer (photos attached) and it is as good as it gets! I have owned 30 some trailer boats and trailers and this is the best towing, easiestlaunch/load I have owned, including the last new Rolls I bought for my 23 SeaCraft. Their suspension is really trick and works.My only problem is figuring out a transom area tie down strap while towing due to modifications to my boat. Not their fault.Put them on your list. I needed a part and they had it pronto.
aubv posted 05-16-2002 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

Thanks for the info. I was really impressed by what I saw of the trailer.
Can you e-mail the pics again.
(I delete e-mail from unknown sender, no subject and attached file).

Thanks for the input and pics,


donel posted 05-16-2002 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for donel  Send Email to donel     
continental has not given me a quote. i spoke to LAZ there, who said they quit making their galvanized CTWV22 last year, but he would weld up one for me - but then no response. i just bought a user ( for the short term ) from a forum member, who replaced it with a custom aluminum trailer made to his specs by owens and sons in st. petersburg, fl. and they are modifying his ex for my use. they are very professional and agreeable to work with. ( 727 323 1088 )
appreciate the input.

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