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Re: Largest Semi-Trailerable Sailboat ???
I agree with the "float on" pivot problem. My experience when floating on is that I crank the boat tight to the forward stops, but when I pull ahead and the boat settles onto the trailer it rotates (pivots) on the keel as the trailer rises to meet it, and ends up with the bow several inches back from the bow block. Then I have to winch it forward again.
Hope you can leave more than 1/4 inch play aft for the keel, to allow for the trailer on the tilted ramp rising up to meet the boat floating level. I suppose it's a bigger problem with steeper ramps, but it's easier to float off on a steep ramp so I prefer them.
the through has a good 14" inches it can run fore and aft in... but it has to be very close to proper location for the weight balance (tongue weight). At the moment is not rollered... just pads. I have some ideas on locking pivots, one on each side to guide the boat fore and aft as it pivots... more weight though.
1980 Seafarer Swiftsure 30
1978 Bayliner Buccaneer 270 (now sold and being restored in FL)
1962 SeaMac 14' Plywood Runabout, mahogany decked, with 1959 Evinrude 35 Big Twin (owned since age 17, I'm now 60)
Last edited by dem45133; 06-23-2013 at 05:57 PM.