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Re: Largest Semi-Trailerable Sailboat ???
Well, very interesting thread and its good to see I am not the only crazy handy type out there that has the "sure I can, watch me" attitude. I've had a 27 foot shoal draft on a custom bunker-ed triple axle trailer I built for it for 5 years. On-trailer mast raising system. But this shoal draft doesn't sail all that well... was outboard powered, tiller transom mounted rudder, and weekend only quarters. Slept 6 though. Good boat to learn on at our local lake. and like you all, it came home over the winters and on two seasons where I was working away in NM. There really no water in NM to speak of, so I left it home in the shed. It didn't eat a thing over two years. But I wanted to upgrade... started looking and thinking.
Last week I bought a full fin keeled (4'9" draft) 30 ft Seafarer. It has all the upgrade features I wanted... a pedigree hull design, wheel pedestal helm, inboard diesel, full live-aboard systems all functional (H and C pressurized water, real head, shower, 10,000 btu AC, full 110 and 12vt systems, full galley including oven) under hull rudder.
Before buying, I did some calcs and it will fit on the trailer and be less than 13'6" high. Its a 10' beam so I need a wide load permit, but since I did OTR in a semi for three years quite some time ago, I could care less. Its 8900 lb displacement, give or take a little, plus trailer comes in at 12k... so I am good to go on my 1 ton diesel 4x4 dully design limit of 21k and the hitch system's 12k. I'll be adding an exhaust brake and a 4th axle just to have a fully cold brake set in reserve as well as another set of 4500 lb springs to aid in roll stability. The main three 4500 lb axles all are e braked.
I will be modifying the trailer with a slide out 14' tongue extension out of 6x6 1/4 wall square tube with grade 8 1" locking pins to get a bit deeper on ramps and that will enable that. Will not have to unhook. It'll operate sorta like the sliding tandems on a semi. Set the trailer brakes, release the lock pins, and extend or collapse it with the truck.
Designing up a multi section pivoting mast system as its mast is much more robust, longer and heavier than the 27's. Not fully sure yet on all the details, but it will be live operated on the boat without having to un-stay. I want it to collapse at the push of a button or a couple levers to 18" above the cabin for trailering and low bridges. Now, a few of you are saying..."you can't do that"... yea I can... conceptual design is 90%. I have a full shop with machine tools. So far I haven't found a show stopper, I'm pretty sure I'll figure it out. The reason it can stay stayed is that the mast head can track mostly straight down until about the half way point at which it moves aft. It'll have a 3" cam lift at the bottom which in the raised position is tensioning the stays. Released, it lowers the mast and allows for the pivot points to temporarily elongate the mast at the initial pivot movements. After that it won't matter.
Don't worry I'm not cutting my mast until I have a full size working system setup and tweaked out of the same size/dimensions/weight. Yea it'll be a project... but I've have many complicated projects... very few idea failures, but it can happen.
I also have thought about a few Mods to the boat to help with my wife's back issues. A lift between the cockpit and the cabin floor for one. A hard top over the cockpit is a given... not interested in baking in the sun. Considering adding a mizzen and making it a yawl config. The mizzen doubles as a derrick very easily.
Oh yea, Hello Eagle River WI... spent lots of time on the Chain-of-Lakes and its where my father and grandparents hail from (and are buried there in ER). (grandparents were in Sugar Camp to be precise on HY17) Spent a third of my life there and a lot of partying when there was a bar every couple miles and on every lake (early and mid 70s). You had to be pretty loaded back then get a DWI and you had to display a reason to be stopped. Never did. Back then there was more bears and deer on the road than cars. Id drive 55 miles home from my girlfreind's house way east of town and have one stop sign and one light (in ER) all the way home to Sugar Camp and maybe meet two cars. I can tell you that coming up at 90 or 95 mph on a 500 lb black bear ambling slowwwwwlllly across HY17 WILL heat up the brakes and make you pucker a little. He really doesn't give a hoot about you! You do not want to hit one of them at speed, or any speed for that matter. Its all different now and 3/4 of the bars are likely gone. Bar hopping is what we all did every Friday and Saturday night. Bear watching was also a Saturday night pastime out at the dump. Likely still is. For those of you too young to know this was before the national 55 mph speed thing and the speed limit was 70 day 65 night. Routinely cruised 90+. Miss those days, open good roads, no radar guns, big block V8s and no people or traffic.... just you and the road and yea a bear now and then.
Well I've rambled on long enough.. you all have fun now...
Last edited by dem45133; 08-03-2012 at 10:22 PM.