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Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

Alright heres the deal....

I grew up sailing with my dad. When he was diagnosed with lou gehrig's disease (ALS) he ended up selling the boats. I was 12 at the time. Over 10 years have passed, and I found the boat for sale on Craigslist (have spent the last 3 years looking for it). I am currently in the process of purchasing the boat, and trying to figure out how to move it back to the west side of the state. The boat has a cradle, and I am thinking about purchasing a flatbed trailer to move the boat. I have a f150 with a tow package to do so.

Here are the boat details:

IRWIN 25 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

Any suggestions or advice.
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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

2 things come to mind.

First; if your planning to trailer to a body and then not trailer again then your idea would be just fine. If you plan on launching the boat and bringing it somewhere to store for the winter perhaps you should look into a bunk trailer (or similar) and spend the time setting it up for your boat?

Second; with the cradle & flat bed idea, are you sure the set up will be low enough to clear any bridges?


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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

I would really like to be able to bring it somewhere to store in the winter. Not sure where to start with that option. Does the trailer need to be custom made?
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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

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I would really like to be able to bring it somewhere to store in the winter. Not sure where to start with that option. Does the trailer need to be custom made?
No I mean look for used ones you can easily adapt to your boat. Like moving the post and winch mount and things like that. No need for a custom, most can be adjusted with a few wrenches.
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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

If you wish, you can bmail me for the name and address of the manufacturer of the custom trailer for my Cape Dory 25.

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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

rophoff. I have a irwin 27 that I tow to arcadia once a year to put in for the summer.What they are telling you is right on. The 27 tows well wih a suburban (30 mi each way), Out of season its great to have in the yard. The trailer I have is home made but works well. With your 25 find a trailer hire a wielder to fit it. It will pay for itself in one season. sail it alot. See ya on lake mishigan.
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No I mean look for used ones you can easily adapt to your boat. Like moving the post and winch mount and things like that. No need for a custom, most can be adjusted with a few wrenches.
Where do you typically find a used trailer? Boat yards?
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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

Just have the cradle set on a car trailer. I did this to get my Cal 2-25 from Green Bay to Minneapolis. My setup has about 7 inches of bridge clearance so get the lowest car trailer you can find. Depending on what keel your Irwin has, you may need a crane to launch the boat anyways.
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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

The big issues as said is the air height of the pulpits and mast when it is on the towing platform you pick

On my 4.5 draft Cal 29 it clears all the traffic bridges and lights just fine HOWEVER you have to be crazy careful about tree branches as around here the only trimming they get is from trailers

JOWI Sailboat Cradles - All Steel

The most likely thing you will find used is a JOWI cradle which is a cheep bullet proof guaranteed to support your boat right and start from there item

Sailboat Trailers are pretty custom to the boat there there with and add so much value to the boat it would be kind of rare compared to a powerboat trailer which are a dime a dozen
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Re: Moving 25 foot sailboat across Michigan

The boat comes with a JOWI cradle. The draft on the boat is about 2.5 feet. If I went with a flatbed could I make it permanent for hauling the boat, or would I be better off finding a specific sailboat trailer?
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