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08-02-2007 02:03 PM
sailingdog I'd make the cradle a bolt on, rather than weld it directly to the trailer frame. The trailer will be much more versatile that way.
08-02-2007 01:56 PM
Filmsomething good point, just weld on a cradle to a flat bed trailer, wont be perfect but it should do the job
08-02-2007 01:47 PM
sailingdog Filmsomething--

The fact that they had to make a cradle and a non-launching trailer had a lot more to do with the fact that they were making it for an etchells, which is a fixed keel boat with fairly significant draft than with the fact that it was being hand-made. You could use the same techniques to make one that could be used for launching a boat, provided the boat is one that is suitable for trailer launching.
08-02-2007 01:42 PM
Filmsomething Yeah the only problem with that is that I want to be able to ramp launch it so I don't have to fool around with a lift.

And yes I would like to be able to store it on the trailer for winter. The local company charges 600 for haul out and back to storage and the same to put her back in
08-02-2007 01:36 PM
sailingdog JLdooley-

I think he wants to have the trailer for winter storage use.
08-02-2007 01:31 PM
jldooley Hi,
this is answer might not satisfy your requirements 100%

why not go to the local sail club and ask to borrow one?

someone might have one just sitting and they might let you borrow it.
free is cheap
if you bring them some beer when you return it you then have a new friend
08-02-2007 01:17 PM
sailingdog IIRC, they bought a flat bed trailer and then made a cradle for the etchells to sit on out of steel angle stock. This is a storage and transport only trailer, not to be used for launching the boat, which requires a travellift. The flatbed trailer was about $750 and the steel was about $225, and then some plywood was about $25 or so.
08-02-2007 10:17 AM
Filmsomething Are you able to find out who he had it made by? Triad said about 6k and another company by me said about 5k. I have welding skills I'm just not sure how much I trust them to carry a boat. I trust them on my cage that is in my jeep but that was a little easier.
08-02-2007 08:52 AM
sailingdog Trailers aren't all that expensive. My friends just built one for an Etchells, which is a 30' keelboat. I don't think the trailer cost more than $1000 for them, and it was heavily customized. However, they did a fair bit of the customizing themselves... having welding skills and equipment that many would not have access to.
08-02-2007 07:06 AM
Filmsomething The only issue with that is I can find a boat no problem, I just can't find a trailer for it. when spending 10-12k on a boat I dont really want to have to spend 5-6k on a trailer to get one built. I would rather just get a really over built trailer used and put what I can on it. all in all I will probably just continue to search for a boat that comes with a trailer, I just wanted to see what I had as options
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