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Re: San Juan 24
Launch ramping boats with 4 feet draft is tricky.. you need: a particularly steep ramp, a trailer tongue extension, (often both) or a submersible vehicle
In BC many of the formerly 'public' docks have hoists, if you can rig the boat for a single point hoist (ie off the keel, not using slings or spreader bars) that's a possibility, but you'd need a pretty low slung trailer for that to work, and inevitably you'd come across a hoist that's not high enough. Something lighter like a Santana 20 or a Martin 242 would be easier to deal with on these smaller hoists. As Denver indicated, rental trailers for this kind of keelboat tow are virtually non-existent - unless you can find an owner looking for a few extra bucks.
I agree that if trailering is going to be a regular thing you need to get a boat set up for it, for ease of launching and ease of rigging. There are plenty of proven trailer-sailer designs out there.. just not so very many in our area because that's not the normal pattern of use around here, like it is in 'lake country'...
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