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Trailering problems Balboa 16
I bought this Balboa 16 from DjY887 last October. I stumbled upon this post quite by accident when I was googling for information about Balboa 16s. I started reading the post and thought "hey, that sounds just like my boat." Then it was "hey, that IS my boat!"
DjY did a great job of restoring her. I looked for a year for a 15 -16' pocket cruiser. I had owned a '74 Sunfish since high school and loved sailing it, but all good things must come to an end. The Sunfish needed a lot of repairs and I had outgrown it. The minute I saw the Balboa 16, I fell in love and bought her on the spot. One of the first things I did though was to replace the outboard. I found that a long shaft was more comfortable. I also did not care to stop the boat and swivel the motor around to put it into reverse as this caused a lack of control at critical moments.
I had my EZ Loader retrofitted to fit the fin keel and trailered it to Priest Lake ID recently. I had a great deal of trouble finding someone competent and interested in doing the retrofit. The first person I hired did not brace the uprights adequately. One of the uprights bent on the way home from picking it up at DjY's and I nearly lost my load. This necessitated having a boat moving company out to remove the boat from the trailer so I could have it fixed. The boat moving company advised me to move the fin keel closer to the axles, support the keel, lower the load with shorter uprights, and brace the uprights. This caused the load to be shifted further back on the trailer so that the boat hangs over the end 4' or so. I'm wondering if it is too far back and this will cause a hook in the aft end because it is unsupported. The boat is also wider than the wheel axles. Could this be hazardous? When I came to the top of a long hill on Snoqualmie Pass, I hit the breaks and..............nothing happened! It is impossible that the load was pushing me, but the RPMs were low. I am towing it with a 6 cyl, 4.0 L 4x4 Ford Ranger. I think the boat and trailer together weigh about 1700 lbs. The tongue weight is 158 lbs. I have been assured that the tow vehicle should be able to handle this load without need for trailer breaks, but now I am wondering. Should I invest in a different trailer altogether? I had the truck and trailer thouroughly inspected, but there were no mechanical problems. Any thoughts out there?
Last edited by RagAndString; 09-01-2010 at 12:41 PM.