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transport or custom trailer
Hello all, I need some advice on boat transport options. I have pretty much narrowed down my choice's regarding which particular boat I am searching for, however this has created a new problem.
Unlike powerboats where the only trailer issue are displacement and LOA, full keel sailboats add a whole new element to the game.
Most of the boats that I am interested in are located in Mass, Maryland and South Florida- plus their respective local areas.
Now, I have two options as far as I can see.
1) Pay to have a boat transport company move the boat from it's location to my house. This would require a self loading trailer. Cost's according to Uship seem to be anywhere from $800-$2800. Assuming 300- 1000 miles.
2) Have a trailer manufacture build a trailer for the boat. According to the quotes for the trailer I have received, this will cost $4500-$6500 to have it built.
3) Sail it to a local marina and then have it transported to my house. I have not researched this because I don't really think it is a viable option as I would not trust a sub 30', 35 y/o boat to sail that far- considering the condition of the boats I am looking at.
I intend to store the boat at my shop for restoration, winter storage.
Now, my issues;
If I have a trailer built for a 28' Pearson Triton, then later find a 27' Bristol that I want, how flexible/adjustable are custom built trailers?
Would most full keel style boats from the 60's and 70's fit on a trailer built for a Triton?
This logic may sound off (hence why I am asking questions) but the idea of a trailer makes more sense than paying a trucking company. The trailer can be used whenever I want it and the mobility offered by it make the cost worthwhile. However, I would like to have the trailer built before buying the boat that way when I find the one I want I just go pick it up.
It is my understanding that the pads on trailers are adjustable- so as long as the basic hull design and LOA are similar, a trailer that is built for a Triton will work with an Alberg 30, Bristol 27-29 and so on. Is any of this correct?