Join Date: Jun 2006
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Can't hurt...cry for help on my quest
It seems like such a simple quest. I need to find a trailer for my 22' sailboat. It's a 22' Jensen Ranger with a 4' fixed fin keel. If I had unlimited funds, this wouldn't be a problem. However, I need to do this on the cheap.
I talked to transport companies but the boat is in the water right now. I need to drop the mast and all the rigging, stow everything that doesn't get unloaded, haul the boat onto the trailer and up the ramp and then haul it across country. The cost for dropping the mast and rigging alone has me rethinking my career choice.
I've called every marina in Minnesota to no avail. People will happily fabricate a trailer for me for around 5 grand, plus the cost of gas of having it delivered or me driving my truck down and back to get it. If I knew how to weld it would be a different story, but for now, I don't. I've been looking at one of those harbor freight deals but I'm thinking suicide on the highway not to mention innocent bystanders.
The boat is basically worthless in terms of money due to it's condition, but it's all I'm going to have for a while and it's the one I get to break and learn how to fix everything on. This is an emotional, not fiscally responsible quest.
So, having endured my sob story, if anyone out there knows of a cheap (under a grand) roadworthy trailer that can safely handle 2000 pounds and has bunks or pads that will adjust for a 4 foot keel, please PM me or email me at bsr101 at yahoo dot com. I live in Minnesota and will drive as far East as Ohio, South as Indiana, pretty much anywhere in the midwest or west. Florida and the east coast are out. Gas prices have made that as expensive as just having it shipped. Or if anyone knows of any bolt together kits or plans out there that would be welcome.
Thank you from the poor and the proud.