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Largest trailerable sailboat

I don''t know about largest legal beam size to trailer, since I expect it differs from state to state. I used to have a 1993 MacGregor 26. It had a roomy cockpit and felt roomy below deck. With the poptop, enclosed porta potti head, and queen size aft berth, it felt comfortable for the light recreational boat it was. It trailers at around 2200lbs with the trailer. When launched it takes on 1200lbs of water balast for very stable handling. For power I had an 8hp outboard that worked great. I don''t have any experience with the MacGregor motor sail models with a 50hp, but would generally stay away from those. The pure sail model I had was really enjoyable and very easy to rig. The mast weights ~38lbs, so I would muscle it up by hand. The boat does have a mast raising kit, I just never felt the need to use it.
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Largest trailerable sailboat

Hello Bayme,
The largest trailer you can legally pull without doing anything special, according to DOT, is 8''-6". You can go up to 10''-0, without a permit, if you put a wide load sign on the front of the truck & rear of the trailer.
If you have a deck stepped mast, it usually not terribly hard to step the mast providing you have enough help. How much help you need depends on how much the mast weights and how you set up the blocks to help lower it. A hinged mast step or at least a bolt through the mast base will make life a lot easier.
Cost for launching a boat vary a great deal depending on were you live. It seems to me, if you live in a popular area they charge much more than they do off the beaten path. Around here there are no travel lifts so you have to rent a crane thats big enough to swing your boat out into the water far enough to allow for the keel. For a Catalina 30 that would take a 75 ton crane @ $ 165.00 per hour with four hour min. As a result everyone around here wet launches there boat.
Wet launching will require a larger vehicle as the nature of ramps deep enough to launch a sailboat are fairly steep.
Good Luck
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