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Where to find a sailboat trailer?

I know this might seem a little rudimentary for most of you but I have a Gloucester 22ft Fractional Sloop w/centerboard and I am looking for a trailer for it. My thought was that I will save money putting it on the hard in the winter. My problem is trying to find a good used trailer that doesn't cost as much as my boat did.
Do any of you have suggestions for me on how to go about finding a good deal on a sailboat trailer?
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Re: Where to find a sailboat trailer?

From my experience, sailboat trailers are hard to come by. Check Craigslist, Ebay, etc... You are much more likely to find a powerboat trailer. If you can find one that can handle the weight of your boat, a bit of adjustment, and or some welding, and you will be set.
My tip for finding a trailer is to not limit your search to bare trailers. You are more likely to find a trailer with a derelict boat on it. I needed a trailer for a Chrysler 26 I bought. I found a cabin cruiser on a beast of a trailer with one blown engine for $800. I bought it, gave the boat to someone who wanted it for the good engine, and had a trailer. It has taken some adjusting to get how I want it, but I am very happy with it. The next cheapest suitable trailer I could find was over two grand.
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Re: Where to find a sailboat trailer?

I've bought and sold 3 sailboat trailers now, but then again, my boat has a round bottom with the weighted daggerboard up.

That being said, if you don't limit your location, and are willing to drive up to 500 miles, you likely will find one or 2 trailers that will work for you. Look for popular boats that are close to the shape of your boat, and search on those specifically on places like adhuntr.com (a search engine powered by google that searches craigslist)... So example might be searching for catalina 22 trailer.
A bigger trailer might work too, like a catalina 25 trailer.

finally look for a motorboat trailer with adjustable rollers... you may be able to extend the roller supports to get you the height you need.

Finally NEW trailers can be found in the $3000 range. Triad trailers makes some really nice extendable tongue trailers, with neat features designed for ramp launches ... YEAH you pay for it, but then it'll be safe, and new!
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Re: Where to find a sailboat trailer?

I bought my last one on craigslist. I just printed up a list of the nearest several trailers in my size and price range and drove to them. The best deal was on a powerboat trailer but the bunks were adjustable and the centerboard on my Siren retracted fully. No problem at all.
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