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Need input on trailer design and what you would want from a transporter
Greetings everyone. Your input would be greatly appreciated as I am not well experienced with sailboats and am customizing a trailer for commercial transport specializing in sailboats.
I have a hydraulic trailer which will lift boats while in cradles but I am going to modify it to handle those not in cradles as well. The trailer will be behind a semi which has 30' of capacity on it as well (limited to about 10' high loads).
My questions relate to the weight distribution of sailboats ranging from say 30' to 45' LOA. I know it varies according to design, model, etc. but can you guys please give me your thoughts on where the horizontal center of gravity and/or sling points are on boats you are familar with.
I actually have a computer program which will let me determine various load factors on trailer axles and the hitch using different loads, but I do not know enough to make reasonable inputs concerning the weight distributions.
Also, please give me any other input you feel would be helpful. What would you like to see from a transporter? Certain equipment, real-time gps tracking, photos and/or videos while underway, shrink wrapping, mast storage, how do you prefer the keel supported and what about pads which contact your hull, etc...? What problems have you seen before?
Prior to getting underway I plan on taking sailing lessons (multiple courses). My wife and I want to do this anyway as we dream of retiring at sea on a sailboat...just have two teenagers to put through college first!
Sorry for being so long winded, but I have put a lot of thought and work into this venture and want it to be done right.
Thanks in advance for your input.