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rmart posted 10-01-2002 11:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for rmart   Send Email to rmart  
With the 1987 Outrage 18' I just purchased I received a dreaded 2001 all roller trailer (24 rollers) with no keel support. The boat has barely been on this trailer as it was always left in the water by the prior owner and fortunately and does not show any depressions or delamination. I will primarily be trailering this boat and therefore I assume that I should replace the trailer. Correct? Assuming that is the case, does any have any recommendation for a good trailer for the 18' that will be easy to launch and retrieve by myself?
Peter posted 10-02-2002 07:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
For the 18 Outrage, I would go with a good quality tilting keel roller type trailer. For some examples, see . Continental trailers come highly recommended by other forum members who do extensive trailering. I do not know whether Continental has disributors in the North East but am under the impression that they do not.

My former 18 Outrage sat on a Cox tilting keel roller trailer similar to what is shown in the referenced web page. The tilting feature made launch and retrieve quite easy without putting the wheel hubs underwater. Cox was a very high quality trailer manufacturer that sold in the North East. I would have recommended Cox but unfortunately they went out of business sometime in the '90s.

Peter posted 10-02-2002 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I should add that the Continental vee frame style would be my preference for the 18 Outrage. The vee frame trailer shown is very similar to the Cox trailer that I had.
jimh posted 10-02-2002 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
For photographs of Whalers loading/unloading from Continental Trailers, please see my article in the Reference section:


Peter posted 10-02-2002 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Just a quick comment here on the loading in that photograph. In the tidal salt waters of the Northeast, I try to avoid burying the wheel hubs in the salt water. Whether one can perfectly avoid doing so depends alot on the conditions of a given ramp. When I encounter a ramp that I can't do that, what I like to do is pump the bearing buddies full of grease prior to launch so that the bearings are under pressure making water intrusion less likely.

In any event, my point really is that the tilting feature is desirable on a keel roller/bunk style trailer for the 18 Outrage. Without the tilting feature, the keel roller/bunk style trailer has to be immersed much deeper than a wobble roller trailer to launch and retrieve with the same effort.

rmart posted 10-02-2002 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for rmart  Send Email to rmart     
How bad is my current wobble roller trailer for the boat. It has 24 rollers and the boat does not show any negative effects of this trailer (but it has not sat on the trailer very long since the prior owner purchased it in 2001).

Should I immediately replace the trailer? Should I wait it out for a year and keep my eyes on the hull.

The hull is a 1987 so warranty cannot be voided by my using this trailer.

Bigshot posted 10-02-2002 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I personally think a roller is ok on the smaller whalers. I had one on my 15 for a decade and no depressions. i think it may be true on larger hulls that are heavy but an 18 should be fine. Why not just add a couple keel rollers to be sure. I think the other 24 rollers will add more even support than 2 bunks would.
RWM posted 10-03-2002 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
I'll go with Bigshot on this one. You should be fine if you're just going to trailer around the Cape. Like he says...add two or three keel rollers to take most of the weight.

By the way...I called about the Whaler you bought the same day you did (but I was a little late)...Happy Whalering!...Bob M.

rmart posted 10-04-2002 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for rmart  Send Email to rmart     
Thanks for the responses gentlemen.

In all likelihood my trailering will be limited to the Cape. Maybe one trip to Lake George a year. Since the trailer is in such perfect shape I will probably keep the same but keep a careful eye on the hull and try to re-position the boat as often as possible.

By the way, the boat was a deal. Needed a lot of TLC (including stripping a terrible varnish job and a lousy bottom paint job with 2 different colors) but in the 4 weeks I have had it looks great.

Still having problems with a dead Tach and will likely have to bring to someone.
RWM...who would you recommend on the Cape for this?

My Wife, daughter and I absolutely love the boat. Best move I have made was buying this 18 footer.

BillD posted 10-04-2002 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for BillD  Send Email to BillD     

You do not say what type of engine your boat has, but if it is a Mercury (or derivative) take it to Cape Marine over by Monument Beach( I just finished my first experience with them in getting my Outrage winterized and they could not have been nicer. Good service, speedy, and reasonably priced. More importantly they wanted the business.

For a point of reference I am in Cotuit and keep my boat in Shoestring bay.

alan posted 10-04-2002 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for alan  Send Email to alan     
I usually agree with bigshot, but not this time. I've got an 18 down in RI and I would not consider it a small whaler. You can actually fit a 17 in an 18. Prior to this one I had a 17 Sakonnet. I would consider any classic whaler 17 and under a small whaler. I had to have my whole bottom glassed on the 17 because of delamination and indentation from a roller trailer that it came with. The 17 was like a surfboard compared to the 18. Whole different category of boat. See if you can get a trade-in if your trailer is in that good of shape. With all the weight in motors, fuel gear, etc., you have a lot to trailer. I wouldn't personnaly do it from my experience.
rmart posted 10-04-2002 01:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for rmart  Send Email to rmart     
The engine is a 1987 Yamaha. Any good yamaha mechanics in Barnstable area that are reasonable in price and good on service?
grandmufti posted 10-06-2002 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for grandmufti  Send Email to grandmufti     
Rather than replace the trailer see if you can retrofit it to a keel roller and bunk application.

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