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Good point about the fenders, blt2ski, they would be essential if going on-road.
A long tongue for towing stability and a long extension tongue to get into deeper water at launch, would be good.
The bottom of the cradle could sit just above the top of the axle, as the cradle could fit between the wheel arches. The axles could be drop axles to get a little lower. I think it's time to do some calculations to see just what the lowest reasonable height for the cradle could be. Still need the keel between the axles for stability, I feel, and slightly closer to the front axle to get adequate tongue loading.
zz4gta, thanks for that 'heads up'! There are two ramps where I'd like to sail. The people at one have doubts that it's possible at their ramp, as the deepest boat they launch is about 10 inches shallower, and their ramp isn't steep, it's long and flat. (So only worry about going off the end is sticking in the mud....) The people at the other ramp say theirs is steeper and into deeper water, and believe there won't be a problem with launching a 4 ft draught, but that because water levels drop in the fall, a haul-out a week or two earlier than normal might be necessary.
I'd rather have a trailer that removes difficulty, however, rather than adds to it, so I'll be seriously thinking about how to do this. I've got time, as I won't need a trailer until Sept or so. Neither facility (club or public ramp) has a crane, so it would be at my cost to bring one in if needed. If it can be done affordably, I'd rather have a trailer that removed the need for a crane, and opened up many more ramps for possible launches in the future. Tempting to think of manufacturing such a trailer 'for sale', but as someone pointed out somewhere, the liability is terrifying! But only I suspect if the design is faulty and or the construction shoddy.
@mikehoyt, yes that is a nice boat and trailer, Mike, but not the one I bought. I know where that boat is (it's for sale also) but the trailer definitely needs a crane to load or unload the boat. Basically, I feel it's a only yard trailer (no lights, no fenders). I like the idea of maintenance at home, without an hour drive to the yard. And pads would be easier to work around than bunks.
What I want is a road trailer from which I can launch off a ramp where there is little more than 4 ft of water. I'm not asking too much, am I?
Last edited by knotted; 03-01-2011 at 12:25 PM.