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dww posted 04-08-2003 11:25 AM ET (US)   Profile for dww   Send Email to dww  
cosidering i only paid $1000 for my 13' sport, i am having a hard time accepting the fact that my marine supply store is asking $700 for a new EZ load (w/the keel rollers). where else can i look for a cheaper model? used? new? any suggestions?

right now my boat is sitting on a custom trialer for a 20' v-hull. not only is the keel not taking the weight, but it isn't even touching the trailer. how bad is this and what should expect from continued use with this rig? thanks.

kingfish posted 04-08-2003 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Perhaps you should look at such that you got a pretty good deal on the boat and the cost of the new trailer shouldn't be compared with it; sounds like a pretty good deal for a new trailer too, to me...
llewellyn posted 04-08-2003 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for llewellyn  Send Email to llewellyn     
I'm looking for a new trailer for a 13 too.
I like the tilt capability that SOME Magic Tilt have. Haven't priced them yet, but wonder if you might know whom to contact? Do you all know of other makes that offer the tilt? Thanks, Lew
llewellyn posted 04-08-2003 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for llewellyn  Send Email to llewellyn     
Did some pricing today. The Continental tilt
(C-5)for the 13 is $635; the Magic Tilt is $725. What are you finding?
GeneNJ posted 04-08-2003 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for GeneNJ  Send Email to GeneNJ     
Just purchased a new 2002 13' Sport w/EZ Loader. Dealer had trailer priced at $500, this is a bunk model. Check Ebay for used.
dww posted 04-09-2003 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for dww  Send Email to dww     
it seems that $500 (bunk only) to $700 is the going rate for new trailers. i just feel like this is alot, but i am new at this. i have not found any trailers on e-bay (it may be the only item that isn't on that site). has anyone had better luck, or know of another site? thanks.
GeneNJ posted 04-09-2003 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for GeneNJ  Send Email to GeneNJ     
Use Ebay search "boat trailer" . I get over 260 hits, you can refine the search to limit the number of hits.
dww posted 04-09-2003 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for dww  Send Email to dww     
good look on the e-bay search. i was entering " boat trailers" with and only coming up with 5 items.
brisboats posted 04-09-2003 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for brisboats  Send Email to brisboats     
If you can buy the trailer new, you start with new tires, lights, rollers, bearings springs etc. Buying a used trailer that will inevitably need most of these things really isn't good economics.


Dr T posted 04-10-2003 01:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Do not begrudge the money spent on a new trailer if it is on the order of $500 to $700.

Several reasons.
1) This looks pretty cheap every time I pass a boat trailer up in the mountains lacking a wheel because of bad bearings.

2) As mentioned, you get new everything. You don't have to mess with corroded wiring, rusted spindles and frozen bolts if you want to modify it. Ask your self: Would I rather spend this Saturday on the boat with the kids or spend it working on the ^&&^%@## trailer? For me, time spent on the trailer is much less valuable than the time spent with the kids. Of course, you could use the trailer to provide object lessons.....

3) As John mentioned, you got a good price on the hull. Spend something to protect your investment. If you don't protect your investement, it becomes an expense. While the trailer you have it on won't do a lot of damage for a short time, eventually it will.

4) If something is not right with the trailer, you have someone to complain to. With a used trailer, you are on your own. Take a look at a thread about two years ago called "Wheel Falls off trailer".

Signed: An older and wiser Dr. T

dww posted 04-10-2003 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for dww  Send Email to dww     
some interesting and informative points dr. T. i bought the boat for something fun and new to do in the summer, but now that i have been doing some reading i have come to understand that i made a pretty sound investment. if my 1970 boat is really going to give me 20 or 30 more years then it does make sense to pay the extra money. last summer i was planning on spending the $1000 and be done with it. now that i have had some experience as a boat owner i am learning that it isn't that simple. is it?
BillD posted 04-10-2003 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for BillD  Send Email to BillD     

If you do want to go used check out some of the trailer dealers on the Cape. Such as Cape Trailer Sales or any one of the others. Many dealers will have used trailers in good shape. Also check out the Cape Cod Times classifieds under Misc Boating (online at there is a trailer or 2 listed right now.

Bigshot posted 04-10-2003 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
That is an easy trailer to find used for under $250. You can use a sunfish trailer, etc. Anything that will fit a 12-15' boat. But if I could get one for $500 new(which i can) I would do it. Really depends on how much and how far you plan on using it. Keel rollers on a 13' are not that important and can be added for next to nothing, so can an extra set of bunks that will displace weight.
andygere posted 04-10-2003 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Buy a new one, and save yourself a lot of headaches. $750 or less is worth it in the time you will spend refurbishing someone else's problem. Working on boats is kind of fun, using them is great fun but working on trailers is right up there with root canals and doing your income taxes.
andygere posted 04-10-2003 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
One more thing: You may be able to sell that 20' trailer for almost what a new one will cost for your 13.
dww posted 04-11-2003 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for dww  Send Email to dww     
great stuff guys (and gals)...thanks for the attention to my trailer matter.

hey Bill, i grew up in Falmouth and am familar with the area...where are some of these businesses located?

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