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Just how usefull will this trailer really be? Store it or sell it?

I am faced with the question of holding on to my boat's trailer or selling it.

I found and purchased my 26' Northstar 600 while she sat on a custom built cradle trailer (ugly but solid). She's in the water now and I am pondering the merits of renting storage for the trailer or just selling it.

I can't use the trailer to launch and I've no intention of taking the boat anywhere she can't sail to.

The only thing I can think of is having it around for the occasional haul out services and "just in case."

Back in the frozen North I'd just park it in the back yard, but here in Tampa the Homeowners Association seems to frown on that.

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Re: Just how usefull will this trailer really be? Store it or sell it?

Back it into your yard. Take the wheels off, and tilt it up 90 degrees so the hitch end is in the sky.

Now it's a flagpole, fly a flag from it and watch the HOA have a canary. Flagpoles tend to be exempted from HOA regulations.
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Re: Just how usefull will this trailer really be? Store it or sell it?

I would keep it. It will be hard to sell but if you ever decide to store your boat on land it will come in very handy. Make sure you put plenty of axle grease on all the bolts and movable parts to stave off corrosion.
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Re: Just how usefull will this trailer really be? Store it or sell it?

You may want to keep it to put the boat on and move it to high ground when the hurricane watches or warnings are posted.
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Re: Just how usefull will this trailer really be? Store it or sell it?

If the trailer is road worthy, maybe it is worth $1000. The question is: What costs more, storing the trailer (maybe not at a boat yard), or renting boat stands every time you need to pull the boat. Add to the mix the possibility of wanting to relocate the boat by land, and the resail value of having a trailerable boat.
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Re: Just how usefull will this trailer really be? Store it or sell it?

The ability of getting the boat far from shore for hurricanes would be very appealing. I guess it depends on if it is your "forever" boat or just the current project. As it it is something you don't think you will keep long I would keep the trailer. She has some nice looking lines too, by the way. S&S sure knows what they are doing when it comes to putting a pen to paper!
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Re: Just how usefull will this trailer really be? Store it or sell it?

Having a trailer can enhance the resale value of your boat.
It greatly opens the distance of potential buyers when you can reduce the expense of getting the boat to the buyer's home.

Once you sell the trailer, finding another one for it, will be difficult.
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Re: Just how usefull will this trailer really be? Store it or sell it?

Is the trailer you are referring to for over the road transportation or just for storage and moving the boat around the yard...??
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Re: Just how usefull will this trailer really be? Store it or sell it?

Over the road. Electric brakes, two axels.
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Re: Just how usefull will this trailer really be? Store it or sell it?

my Sea Sprite 23 has a trailer. While like you it is not easily launched from it.. being able to store the boat on it's own trailer and drag it home is priceless.

Unlike you, I am in NJ. I will be dragging my boat down i95 to florida next winter
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