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Big Kahoona posted 05-19-2003 02:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for Big Kahoona   Send Email to Big Kahoona  
Does any one know a good online dealer for Holsclaw Boat Trailer parts? I have a 1969 C-50 in upstate New York which is 14'5" and itís in fair condition. I would like to refurbish the trailer right down to the colors and the logo stickers on the fenders, too.
tuna1 posted 05-19-2003 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for tuna1  Send Email to tuna1     
Your SOL!!!!
Holsclaw Bros. closed up shop in the 80's.It appeared they could not compete with all the JUNK out there.They were the BEST! at the time.I have 2 of the 23'+ one painted,one galvanized-Still better than most out there.
Samars posted 05-20-2003 08:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

I have, over the last two or so years have had the same problem as you...I have a 68, Holesclaw trailer...I have done some reworking and repainting...sandblasted and repainted (poorly), and with the coil springs and shock is the best riding trailer I have owned.

The hardest part was finding the correct shocks...ended up in the back of an auto parts store pulling shocks with the stock boy and matching shocks till we came up with something close...(collapsed vs. extended).

Good luck and take care

Jay A posted 05-23-2003 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
Unless you use a Holsclaw trailer in fresh water....they rust BAD! I had one that came with my 13' Whaler new. It lasted 4 years! Three of those years it was only used to launch for the season and take out in the fall. It was so bad I could and did fold it up in small chunks to throw out in the trash! And yes, I washed it with fresh water after every use! They make a good winch's still on the Cox trailer I replaced it with!
jxs226 posted 05-23-2003 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for jxs226  Send Email to jxs226     
Jay A, I really think the longevity of a trailer largely depends upon matching the trailer's construction material with its intended environment of use, namely regular use in saltwater versus use in freshwater.

A painted trailer will rust out quickly if used in saltwater, regardless of freshwater rinsing or manufacturer.

The 1979 galvanized Holsclaw trailer beneath my 1964 Sakonnet has seen regular use in saltwater since its purchase and with only routine care it looks as though it were brand new.

Jay A posted 05-23-2003 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
jx: Your right on! The Holsclaw trailer I had was not galvanized. It was new in 1970 and made with rectangular tube steel which was painted. It rusted from the inside out and the rust wasn't visable until it broke in half while launching. I found some pieces of wood at the ramp and used that to "lash" the trailer together just to get it home! I've had the Cox galvinized trailer since 1974 and it still looks and works great!
Kingsteven18 posted 05-26-2003 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
Best motorcycle trailer I've ever had! (1976)
Breezer385 posted 06-17-2007 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Breezer385  Send Email to Breezer385     
I have a Holsclaw and I cannot find the VIN number that is required in NYS to register it. I found the seriel # Can anyone help me with knowing where to look for the vin ?

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PeteB88 posted 06-18-2007 02:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Fantastic trailers and the smoothest riding trailer I have ever used. I have one under my Vintage Grumman Combo II I restored and now listed on Ebay for sale. I used the Holsclaw for my 11.5 for a couple of years and it was fantastic. NOTHING I have ever used is as easy riding for boats as that trailer. I say get to work on it, take a hammer and pound on it to see if steel has integrity or weak spots. I restored the one under the Grumman, pretty easy actually.

Good luck.

ricksford posted 07-15-2008 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for ricksford  Send Email to ricksford     
I have a 1970 Holsclaw C-1700 trailer that I bought new and other than needing wax, is like new. Even the 38 year old tires "look" good with no checking. I'm considering replacing my 40 year old boat. The new boat will add about 500 pounds and weigh rigged about 2500 pounds. Currently the trailer doesn't strain at all and rides beautifully. I will change the tires to achieve a load capacity of 2960# (both tires), BUT, does anyone have an idea as to what the rated capacity of thi trailer is? I have the original papers but they only say to set the tounge weight for 7% on boats over 1500#. No weight limits.
Nobleskydiver posted 03-16-2009 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Nobleskydiver  Send Email to Nobleskydiver     
I too have a 1966 Boston Whaler 13 footer and it came with a HOLSCLAW trailer, used manyyears ie 30 plus in pacific ocean, never rinsed it, yes it rusted! CAn the coils be replaced aftermarket? and to the one that spent time looking in back of the parts house I too did that. Did come up with a model I check
/s/ Bill

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