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Re: Largest Semi-Trailerable Sailboat ??? 30 Seafarer Update
She's FINALLY home!!!
For those of you who did not read my earlier threads I am "Trailer Sailing" a 30 ft Seafarer Swiftsure deep keel (tall mast, evidently).
As I posted before, I elected not to haul it home from Baltimore last fall as the simple mods from a conventional bunker system for the previous 27 bayliner Buccaneer just would not work for this boat. Redesigned and rebuilt the trailer this spring.
Overwintering, mast drop, and lifts were killing me. I had it at the marina in Baltimore for 10 months after buying it in water... better than $3000 spent for next to nothing tangeble.
Trailer and boat fit like a glove.... keel support is 7" above the ground in the middle of the triple axle group (good trick BTW). Incorporated 8 Brunnel screw pads instead of bunkers. zero flex frame (trussed in two planes).
The boat is quite a bit heavier than its spec'd displacement (7520 and 8600 respectively), by almost a 1000 lbs yet its bone dry and fully stripped of anything removable. Boat still weighed 9500. She'll weigh another 1000 by the time its re-powered, fully geared and wet. Combined gross was 22700 (trailer, boat, and 1 ton-with retarder).
I just eased it up and down the big grades and down the hyway. 50-55 mph typical. Its all my stock Cummins and 3:55 gears really wanted though. I may think on installing 4:10 gears later on... will see.
Now that its home I can finish the aft end of the trailer for float on-off and incorporate a 20 ft tongue extension system, both of which needed the boat in place to finish their designs.
I'll post some pictures when I get the truck unpacked and the camera in the house.
1980 Seafarer Swiftsure 30
1978 Bayliner Buccaneer 270 (now sold and being restored in FL)
1962 SeaMac 14' Plywood Runabout, mahogany decked, with 1959 Evinrude 35 Big Twin (owned since age 17, I'm now 60)