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Trailer for 15-foot Boston Whaler
|Author||Topic: Trailer for 15-foot Boston Whaler|
posted 12-08-2003 09:19 AM ET (US)
I have a 1986 15-foot Boston Whaler, and I am getting ready to buy a new trailer. What is the best trailer?
posted 12-08-2003 04:43 PM ET (US)
I've had 3 15-foot classics all with different trailers. The one I currently have is the best. It's a Shorelandr SLV-15. It's a bent U-frame with just side bunks, and the boat just drives right on and centers itself--if you sink it just right. Too much (immersion) and it hits the winch bumper; too shallow it needs to be winched up. Seem about right when the tops of the wheel fenders are just level with the water. Here is write up from Shorlandr web site.
"The SLV15A is a "V" Frame Bunk Model. ShoreLand’r’s V-Frame type of support is a traditional bunk configuration found within the choices offered by most other boat trailer makers. The biggest difference lies in the adjustability of our V-frame trailers; with both vertical and horizontal adjustment, your boat is going to fit like a glove on a ShoreLand’r."
Shorelander Web Site:
|soggy bottom boy||
posted 12-08-2003 05:40 PM ET (US)
I just picked up a new boat trailer, a Karavan, and can't complain. Galvanized, well planned and built. Strap on the winch, and a great system for greasing the hubs. A proprietary system, like Buddies, but way way better. And cheap too.
posted 12-08-2003 07:47 PM ET (US)
Since you live in FL, I would strongly recommend a Continental model C5, 1500# capacity, with 12" wheels. This is a galvanized channel frame, keel roller trailer, and is widely available in FL. Cost should be around $5-600. Back roller should be 12" wide, others 8".
posted 12-08-2003 08:20 PM ET (US)
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|Alan de la Houssaye||
posted 12-08-2003 10:15 PM ET (US)
Herb, I also have a 15' B.W. SS. What ever make of trailer you decide on, I would strongly reccommend you go with no less than 13 inch tires.
posted 12-09-2003 12:25 AM ET (US)
I'll second the opinion that 13" wheels are the way to go. The 12 inchers are marginal if you do any long distance towing on the interstate. And as lhg mentioned, get the wide keel rollers.
posted 12-10-2003 01:22 PM ET (US)
You ask for the best trailer so I would say get an aluminum one, fully decked out for a 15' should run you about $1000. Tropic, Loadmaster, and Rolls are great brands, if too much $$ then go with the continental.
posted 12-11-2003 01:12 PM ET (US)
I second all those that Bigshot suggested, although I've only dealt with Loadmaster. Their customer service and support after the sale was Excelent. They build them in Tampa... On top of what Bigshot said, Ask for the "Stainless steel upgrade" on whatever you get quotes on. It's definitely worth the upgrade from day 1.
posted 12-15-2003 02:37 PM ET (US)
I got the 3500lb upgrade which gives you 14" tires and a 2spd winch, LED lights, Torsion axles with posilube hubs and the SS package & lugnuts and for my Montauk it was $1279. For a decked out 15' should be a couple hundred cheaper.
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