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Another trailer question. Height of boat on trailer.
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posted 05-19-2003 12:28 PM ET (US)
I have the EZ loader that came with my 13' Sport. No complaints so far but I have only had it for 1.5 years. Question is, I would love for the boat to ride lower on the trailer. I launch at too many lakes with SHALLOW ramps. At one my front wheels get wet before the boat will come off. Do any of the other manufactures offer one that will allow the boat to ride lower? Is this a safe idea?
posted 05-19-2003 01:48 PM ET (US)
Don't worry about your tires getting wet. Make sure that your trailer bearings are well lubricated and preferrably have bearing buddies installed. I would be a bit hesitant about submersing the hubs on your vehicle.
I think your trailer is probably configured with the boat about as low as it can be reasonably placed. ------- Jerry/Idaho
posted 05-19-2003 07:27 PM ET (US)
I think he meant his front TRUCK tires get
wet before the boat will come off. Never
saw a 13 on a tandem axle trailer. ;-)
On flat ground, with the trailer hitched,
Does the boat sit between the wheels, or
How long is the tongue?
My Montauk sits pretty low, and the trailer
There's no "preferably" about bearing buddies
posted 05-19-2003 08:30 PM ET (US)
Yes the front tires on my truck get wet. But that is an extreme example.
The boat sitting in the Garage right now. Not hooked up but on level ground. Trailer Jack might be a bit high. The transom is 21” off the ground. It is a 2002 13 and its on the packaged trailer from Boston Whaler. The way it is set up now the wheels on the trailer are even with the sides of the boat. The boat will not fit down in between them. The Keel sits on the roller. Not sure how much weight is on the roller.
posted 05-20-2003 07:57 AM ET (US)
Sounds a bit dangerous...at the extreme side with your front wheels at the waters edge, I am guessing that you run the risk of submerging your exhaust pipe/stalling the engine.
I tow my (older 67,13) with an Explorer and rarely if ever, even at a shallow ramp, get the rear wheels of my truck wet. Trailer is an Holesclaw. Have you talked with your dealer that sold you the boat?
posted 05-20-2003 01:30 PM ET (US)
21" is pretty high for a small boat. My
Montauk is about 12" off the ground.
From you description, it sounds like you aren't
Yes, other manufacturers have trailers it can
Or you might be able to get a longer tongue,
posted 05-20-2003 02:02 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the help everyone.
I was pointed at Carnai trailers via a private e mail thread and have Email off to them asking for more details. Looks like they might have an option for me. That or bolt on an extention/foldong tounge.
posted 05-20-2003 11:54 PM ET (US)
Carnai is the old Calkins trailer company. They build a beautiful trailer.
The dealer/distributor is Mercer Marine in Bellevue, 1-800-423-1835. Talk to Mike, he is the trailer pro and tell him Dick said to give you a good deal.
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