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Sailboat trailer value?

What would be the approx. value of a deep keel heavy duty double axle sailboat trailer with a max. 30,000 lbs capacity? (that's what it says on the tongue)
Probably for boats up to 30-40'
I might have one I can't use and would like to an idea of it's value.
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Re: Sailboat trailer value?

Probably more than a trailer and boat would cost used.
Sell it for what market will bare in your area.
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Re: Sailboat trailer value?

WindKiller,

I may be in the market for a sailboat trailer and would like more info.

How long/wide is it?

What type hitch does it have - gooseneck, ball hitch etc.?

Are the bunks adjustable?

Who built it?

What condition is it in? Wheels, tires, axles, brakes, is the frame sound?

What state is it in?
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Re: Sailboat trailer value?

A #30,000 trailer? REALLY? It's a 5th wheel semi trailer right?
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Must be a semi with a commercial license. The max gross combined vehicle weight is 26001 before it is commercial.
What do you plan on pulling it with? What kind of hitch?
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Re: Sailboat trailer value?

To help you get sort of in the ballpark price wise, a new trailer for a 30-40' boat rated at ~15k lbs would go for $8,000-$15,000 depending on options like galvanizing, self launching, etc. I have been watching for a trailer for my boat and most of the used trailers I see go for between half of the new value if in good shape and 3/4 if in truly excellent shape. The few trailers that I have seen which are in fair shape go for significantly less.

If the trailer really is rated for 30k lbs, it is likely commercial and requires more than a 1 ton pickup to haul so I have no idea what the pricing would be then.

On that note, if anyone has one for sale in New England that has a capacity of 11k lbs or greater, let me know.
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Re: Sailboat trailer value?

Canada's law is 4500 kg and over for Commercial. 26001lbs is the US law.

Take the trailer to a certified scale and weigh it... Then multiply by the current scrap value and you have a starting point. Nothing is worth more than you can get somebody else to pay you for it. Scrap value lately is often more than market value on many things.

A 30K rating on the tongue does not indicate the rating of the trailer. Sounds like a pintle and ring hitch, they are usually 15 ton.

In the US we calculate weight ratings at the weakest link; the tires. Multiply the weight rating of the tires by the number you have and you have the Max rating of the trailer.
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Re: Sailboat trailer value?

I have observed that location has a lot to do with boat trailer values. Longitude, to be more specific.
Up North, where the water gets crunchy, most people have to either have a trailer or pay a yard to pull andlaunch their boats. They are harder to find, easier to sell and more expensive there.
Down South, where some boats are never taken out of the water, a lot of owners don't have a trailer. Trailers are less valuable, due to the lower demand and less expensive down there.
Sounds like yours will sell itself, though. Good luck.
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Re: Sailboat trailer value?

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I have observed that location has a lot to do with boat trailer values. Longitude, to be more specific.
Up North, where the water gets crunchy, most people have to either have a trailer or pay a yard to pull andlaunch their boats. They are harder to find, easier to sell and more expensive there.
I think you mean latitude.
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