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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

To launch it requires a proper trailer. The cradle is for storing at marina.

As far a buying a flatbed trailer? That gets u nothing...Just hire a rigger to move the boat in cradle for you. Point A to Point B. Nice and safe and cheap. Deal with trailer issue later.

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Where do you typically find a used trailer? Boat yards?
Internet & boatyard would be my first options.

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Rent or purchase a flat bed trailer would get the job done for less money. Custom trailers are costly. New at 5,000 to used ones at 2,000 when you find them.
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Rent or purchase a flat bed trailer would get the job done for less money. Custom trailers are costly. New at 5,000 to used ones at 2,000 when you find them.
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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

My initial plan was to do something like this with my cradle. And I was hoping to use it long term, because storage would be free for me.

Unfortunately, from what I have gathered that option does not seem to be ideal.

Is it because that cradle does not offer proper support for over the road travel, or are there other reasons I am not seeing?
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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

We bought a powerboat trailer and then had a welder who was a sailor help us customize it into a sailboat trailer.

I would think that getting a boat on a cradle on and off of a flatbed trailer would get clumsy and really old after several iterations, and might have some extra hazards. However, if you'll be storing the boat in a boat yard or dry storage lot that has a launching crane adjacent to the water, and if your boat just happens to be set up for crane launching and isn't too heavy, that could maybe work.
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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

We will be crane launching every year. I just want to tow it cross state and store it in my back yard every winter.
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