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    Default Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    16' Fenwick Williams catboat. Centerboard. Almost 8' beam. @ 1200#.
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    Default Re: Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    From Maryland to Georgia?

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    Default Re: Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    Yes, and South Carolina later this year.
    And thanks!
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    Default Re: Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    Most any glavanized trailer rated to carry 2,000 pounds will serve as a good base. But you are going to want to add some bunks to give the boat good support. I don't think there's anything off the shelf that will be ideal, but you can bolt on an endless variety of extra supports. Maryland is chock full of places that sell trailers. If you'll be launching and retrieving often a drop axle unit would be worth considering. But you do want bunks, not rollers.
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    Default Re: Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    look into double wide jet ski trailers

    used galvanized ones can be had for less than $1k in really good condition around here

    @ 8'w she will have to ride over the wheels/fenders

    as mentioned above there won't be any "off the rack" units made to fit

    you will have to bunk the trailer yourself

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    Default Re: Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    I'm not a fan of the jet ski trailers, as they're designed with a very short "body" (the wide part of the trailer) and a short tongue. So you'd have to both lengthen the tongue (fairly easy to add an extension) but also add some sideways braces to hold the front part of the bunks -- much harder to do, and more prone to structural failure.

    A used galvanized trailer will work fine, and you can replace the entire axle if the spindles are pitted or worn -- many places sell axle and leaf spring sets. Avoid anything rated for more than 2000 lbs, as it will bounce & shake the beejezes out of your lovely new boat. As above, if you do any beach or funky dirt ramp launching, a dropped axle can help make the process less difficult and damp.
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    Default Re: Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    But... if you find the perfect trailer in size, galvanized (or aluminum, I guess) and adjustability, you can tweak the load capacity/ride by changing out or modifying the leaf springs. On multi-leaf springs, it's possible to remove a leaf to alter the performance. Like Thorne says, a too-high-capacity trailer will be very rough on the cargo.

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    Might have found one. Magic tilt, galvanized. Bunks, lot of adjustability. Needs new lights. Maybe tires. Asking $500.
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    One other note, check your state for regulations on trailers. Some require inspections and brakes for heavier ones. You don't want to get hung up when it comes time to register.
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    Default Re: Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Woxbox View Post
    One other note, check your state for regulations on trailers. Some require inspections and brakes for heavier ones. You don't want to get hung up when it comes time to register.
    Nothing like that required here. Only vehicle inspections here are for emmisions, and SC doesn't even require that. I do plan to add surge brakes even though the combined weight of boat and trailer will be under 2000#.

    Found the trailer at a marine salvage yard north of Lake Lanier. Interesting place.
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    Default Re: Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    You saved so much on the trailer now you can afford this:
    http://www.sturdybuiltonline.com/Kod...olt_p_476.html

    Just an example. But all-stainless disk brakes would be my cup-o-tea, especially around saltwater.


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    Default Re: Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    Hope your used trailer works out, if you ever need new take a trip down to Milton FL and Eddie English Boat Trailer can build whatever you need, galvanized or aluminum. Eddie has built 2 custom trailers for us and we bought several other stock trailers for our Sunfish.

    Galvanized, V frame, 13 inch tires, spare, winch, trailer jack, trailer guides, triple bunks, LED lights.


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    Default Re: Reccomendations for catboat trailer.

    If you need extra parts, this is my go-to place for all things trailer: http://www.easternmarine.com/Boat-Trailer-Parts/
    I've been buying trailer stuff and tarps there for years, and have never been disappointed. I've gotten some stuff at half, yes half the price of Waste Marine for the exact same item. (No, I don't have any personal connection, etc.)
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