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My husband and I bought a ''96 Hunter 26 last October. It is stored rigged, on the trailer, at the marina and ramp-launched every sail. Getting it in is fast and simple; getting it out is not, because the water ballast must be emptied. Though we get faster every time, we get a lot of dirty looks at the ramp from people with small boats that take a grand total of 10 minutes to get out of the water.
We love the money-saving aspects; no bottom paint, no slip fees. This boat has been reasonably well used for five years and is in excellent condition in every way. It shows no signs of wear and tear or structural problems from trailer storage or ramp launching.
The significant wear and tear we''re going to see is on our truck. To empty the water ballast, the truck has to pull about 5,200 pounds of load out of the water up a steep ramp so we can open the plug to lose 2,000 pounds of water. Whether the savings of trailer storage will compensate for the wear and tear on the vehicle is still a matter of debate.