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Seattlerocket posted 05-19-2003 12:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for Seattlerocket   Send Email to Seattlerocket  
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?
Jerry Townsend posted 05-19-2003 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
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

triblet posted 05-19-2003 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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,
what's the distance between the bottom of the
transom and ground?

Does the boat sit between the wheels, or
above them?

How long is the tongue?

My Montauk sits pretty low, and the trailer
has a very long tongue (4+ feet). Nothing
unsafe about it. On a typical ramp on a
decent day, the water line is about at the
bow. Even on a sloshy day or a bad ramp,
my rear truck tires generally don't even
get wet.

There's no "preferably" about bearing buddies
or some equivalent sealing mechanism, if there
is an equivalent, on a boat trailer. They
are an absolute must.


Seattlerocket posted 05-19-2003 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seattlerocket  Send Email to Seattlerocket     
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.
Samars posted 05-20-2003 07:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     

Sounds a bit 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?

triblet posted 05-20-2003 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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
going to get the boat any lower on this trailer.

Yes, other manufacturers have trailers it can
sit lower on. Check their websites. Know
what distance you need between the fenders.

Or you might be able to get a longer tongue,
either from EzLoader (their website shows
a 3"x3"x5' tongue) or fabricated locally.


Seattlerocket posted 05-20-2003 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seattlerocket  Send Email to Seattlerocket     
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.
Dick posted 05-20-2003 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

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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