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zotcha posted 03-25-2004 02:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for zotcha   Send Email to zotcha  
I did a lot of searching for the right aluminum trailer for my 15-foot Boston Whaler. I have received a beautiful, almost overbuilt, custom trailer from Owens & Sons Marine. Jeff is very knowledgable, easy to work with, and competent. Everything we discussed over the phone arrived as ordered: stainless upgrade, torsion axle, extended tongue, A-frame jack rather than side-mounted, and carpeted cypress bunks (that appear that they could support my 20' Seacraft). Not that I would try this, but I believe this trailer could easily fit a 19-foot center console of lesser weight. The price was cheaper than generic built, delivery was reasonable, and no sales tax due to out of state sale. An easy transaction, especially buying something sight unseen, about three hundred miles away, custom built, and upon delivery, MORE than I really expected.

Most confident to recommend this company to anyone within this forum. Thanks to Florida15, and everyone else who was able to assist. --zotcha.

jimh posted 03-25-2004 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Unsolicited firsthand endorsements like this are really the most valuable. I am certain your recommendation will be heeded by customers looking for a good trailer. Thanks for the information.
vkr posted 03-26-2004 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for vkr  Send Email to vkr     
I'm looking for a trailer for my 18' Outrage. Any chance you have some digital pictures you could share with us?
cape_rover posted 03-26-2004 06:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for cape_rover  Send Email to cape_rover     
How much did you pay for the trailer including delivery?
donel posted 03-27-2004 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for donel  Send Email to donel     
Here's another recommendation for 'Owens and Sons' in St. Pete, Florida.
They made a great keel roller trailer for one of our members who came from NY to get it - and brought his early 21 Outrage to size it up. Sorry I forget his name - where are you?
I bought his old ( pretty nice alum trailer ) and Jeff fit it to our 22' Outrage.
They make trailers from scratch for many govt. hulls.
Top notch outfit.
zotcha posted 03-30-2004 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Sorry for the delay. Spent weekend in Mt. Dora, Fla. at vintage APBA/ACBA show... it was awesome. 21 Jersey Speedskiffs. Go to in couple of days for pix and video. Boats by name, Fast Forward. Anyway, I can work on digital photos, must use neighbor for assistance. I am a firefighter born before the computer age. Tax return may bring our first computer. First question, $1250 complete: SS, extended tongue for less truck tires in the water. Delivery was $125, rode inside larger trailer for Coast Guard Whaler going to Tybee, Sanannah. Everything is perfect except the main bunks are about an inch and a half tall setting in "peaks" of hull and not allowing most weight to be on keel. Doesn't appear to be a problem. Have not launched yet. Photo on front page of skiffs site shows new boat coming out of mold. I was directly involved with this project so Dave hoisted the 15', slid trailer out and new one in so a controlled lowering for right fit. I am very happy with the trailer. Some modifications and I could probably use it for the skiff. More later. Check out the sight. Everyone there was from Red Bank NJ, where the skiff was born.
Bigshot posted 03-30-2004 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
My friend Lindsey Pirie used to build Skiffs on Long Beach Island for years. I think he used the old Bender molds. Came close about 3 times to buying one, never happened though. Saw some good racing in Ship Bottom last September, always a hoot to watch them practically barrel roll every turn.
Bigshot posted 03-30-2004 12:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Oops I meant Binder hulls.
zotcha posted 03-30-2004 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Big Shot, yeah the barrel role can be very interesting. Hey did you ever get my e-mail about a similar site for H-D? Looking for some info. for my night train. Anyway, just got my first compliment from our administer and not looking for any trouble. Check back in the next few days for videos. Should be pretty cool. If nothing else, anyone from the Jersey Shore will laugh their *$$*$ off when they just hear the videos. Load tested our rebuilt 283 on Sunday 3-21 while my brother and I were at the F.D.. My buddy said it was purring beautifully at 55 revs, backed off and the harmonic balancer basically detinated. Pulled the motor Monday, overnighted another one from Jeg's (Cali.) wrong one sent, scrambled around Savannah, located another one, put it back in the boat, went to fire it and no compression in cylinder #5. Not the one resleeved last fall. Waiting for a call now. Should have heard something by now. Can only be bad news. Interested in dates for Egmont Key get together. Thanks, zot.
zotcha posted 03-30-2004 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Bigs, you were right. It is a Bud "Bender" hull (mold). I have a third generation and may well be for sale when motor is finished. It was built light for racing hence no transmission. Dropped in and pulled out by a crane, remember seeing those on Barnegate Bay? Looking to build another one with a tranny: 8' tide swing every 6 hours and no tranny! Do the math. Later.
PMUCCIOLO posted 03-06-2006 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
Our first Owens & Sons trailer was under our 1992 Montauk. It's still going strong after fourteen years, three owners, and thousands of dunkings.

After a lot of shopping for a new trailer for the 15' Standard I'm refurbishing, I chose Owens & Sons again. The trailer was purchased through and delivered by Steve Quincy at East Coast Trailers .

Owens & Sons is unique in that this family owned and operated business puts the bunks on the frame rails of the trailer and fits custom builds each trailer for a particular boat model. They achieve this through offering a wide range of axle widths. Coupled with a vast array of options, the trailer can be tailored to its owner's tastes. My trailer has center keel support bunks specifically designed for Boston Whalers.

The trailer not only turned out beautiful, but was delivered in one week! I've yet to load the boat on the trailer, as she is being compounded, polished, and waxed. Once that is complete, she'll be slid onto her new Aluminum Slide-on trailer!

I have photographs of the trailer for anyone who might be interested (or is just curious!), and I'll have more when the boat is loaded. Thus far, the level of customer service I've received has been fantastic.


bsmotril posted 03-06-2006 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I would very much like to see some pictures of the Trailer:

send to

Thanks, BIllS

zotcha posted 06-01-2006 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
BillS, how are you? Just reading up on this post and found how it ended. I purchased this trailer from Paul, and have not yet transferred from my 2003. I can send pics now that I finally have a digital camera. Trailer is sweet. zot.

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