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herb posted 12-08-2003 09:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for herb   Send Email to herb  
I have a 1986 15-foot Boston Whaler, and I am getting ready to buy a new trailer. What is the best trailer?
4whaler posted 12-08-2003 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for 4whaler  Send Email to 4whaler     
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:
Click thru to trailers and look at the SLV15A or SLV20A if you want a bigger one.

soggy bottom boy posted 12-08-2003 05:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for soggy bottom boy  Send Email to soggy bottom boy     

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.


lhg posted 12-08-2003 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
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".
jimh posted 12-08-2003 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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Alan de la Houssaye posted 12-08-2003 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alan de la Houssaye  Send Email to Alan de la Houssaye     
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.
skookum point posted 12-09-2003 12:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
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.
Bigshot posted 12-10-2003 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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.
where2 posted 12-11-2003 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
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.
Bigshot posted 12-15-2003 02:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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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