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Sailboat Trailer Parts question

I am bringing back an old sailboat trailer and I am buying a new coupling (the part that attatches the trailer to the ball) and a new jack. Their are many different parts to choose from that range from different capacity levels and I am not sure about the capacities of my trailer and boat.

The boat is a South Coast 22 with a displacement of 1800 lbs, so probably 2000 lbs to be safe.

I can get a toungue coupling that is rated for 3500 lbs or 5000 lbs.
I can get a winch rated for 1600 or 1800 lbs.
And a jack for around 1200 or 1500 lbs.

If these are to much or to little, I can get different ones, these are just what I guessed may work.

Does anyone have a good idea of what I should go with. I don't want to spend to much that is why I would like to know what would be safe.

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If your not dealing with a brake type coupling i dont think there will be much difference in the parts prices

The real issue will be if the bigger part will fit well on the trailer as there is allready a substantial saftey margin in the parts if your buying name brands
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There are no brakes on the trailer, it is a simple single axle trailer.

I am sure that the coupling will fit on the toungue of the trailer, it is made of 2" square tubing and the coupling is designed to fit that exactly.
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If you figure the boat at 2000 lbs. and the trailer at say another 800... you're up in the area where brakes, at least surge brakes, might be a good idea.
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Ignoring the issue of whether you should have brakes or not, you will need a coupler and ball that are 2" to be legal. I would guess that your total towing weight could often be around 3000lbs due to the weight of the trailer and the stuff that will be on the boat. Figure 10-15% tongue weight which is 300-500lbs. It looks to me like all of the products you have listed should be strong enough for the task. I tend to like to overbuild certain parts of trailers like the jack (I have bent a few) and it won't hurt you to do that.
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