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03-16-2013 04:54 PM
Nazdrowie
Re: Camping in a (trailered) boat

Absolutely...did that from Vancouver BC to Toronto Ontario without any problems have a 29ft. trailer tandem with a 24 ft Roberts, Great time, used the local "Husky Truck Stations" for showering and they make great breakfasts too, that was a memory for sure. took 5 days in total.
03-10-2013 04:31 AM
magnocain
Re: Camping in a (trailered) boat

It looks like I'll be fine sleeping in my boat. Thank you.
03-05-2013 09:43 PM
AllThumbs
Re: Camping in a (trailered) boat

Do it all the time.
03-04-2013 07:04 PM
CatMan22
Re: Camping in a (trailered) boat

I've done this very thing a few times when my boat was kept in drydock, as far as stress I trailered mine for a couple of years and would have to climb all over her while on the trailer to step and lower the mast, get her rigged, etc. and then load everything on to her for going out for a day. One thing
I would do though is make screens for the hatches or have mosquito net to cover from fore hatch to back of cockpit and have a fan to run off 12 volt system.
03-04-2013 05:39 PM
Rhapsody-NS27
Re: Camping in a (trailered) boat

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Originally Posted by Trailblazer View Post
I've done it in a roadside pull-off with a fixed keel Catalina 25. Used a step ladder to get aboard, then pulled the ladder up and stored it in the cockpit at night (Anastazi cliff dwelling style). Worked great, had a two burner stove, ice box, porta-potty, running water.......all the comforts of home.
I've heard of people doing this while driving cross country in boats like mine, a Nor'sea 27. I read one couple say they did it during the summer where they slept in the cockpit and during the night, people would stop by and talk about how it would be nice to do someday.

If I was driving long distance with my boat, I would pull off to a rest stop and spend the night in the boat to keep from having to spend too much on hotels.
03-04-2013 05:01 PM
Trailblazer
Re: Camping in a (trailered) boat

I've done it in a roadside pull-off with a fixed keel Catalina 25. Used a step ladder to get aboard, then pulled the ladder up and stored it in the cockpit at night (Anastazi cliff dwelling style). Worked great, had a two burner stove, ice box, porta-potty, running water.......all the comforts of home.
03-04-2013 04:05 PM
Tallswede
Re: Camping in a (trailered) boat

I've done it in 3 different boats. My 22' Southcoast, my 16' AMF Sunbird and in my present 23.5' Hunter. They do get looks when you pull into a campground and there is no lake around. LOL.

Kevin
03-04-2013 03:44 PM
SailingJackson
Re: Camping in a (trailered) boat

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Originally Posted by magnocain View Post
Is it possible to cook in and/or sleep in a sailboat that is on it's trailer?

Thank You.
Sure. I read this book quite a while back:
Sailing America: A Trailer Sailor's Guide to North America: Lawrence W. Brown: 9780915160969: Amazon.com: Books Sailing America: A Trailer Sailor's Guide to North America: Lawrence W. Brown: 9780915160969: Amazon.com: Books


and he did it with a 15 foot boat, his wife, and two daughters.

It's full of practical advice, like do you and your wife sleep in the boat with kids in the car, or sleep in the car and put the kids in the boat. Something about rocking the boat lead him to decide one of the two was best, but I forgot which way it goes.

GJ
03-03-2013 11:00 PM
hellosailor
Re: Camping in a (trailered) boat

I think I'd invest in a set of wheel chocks and jackstands or RV levelers and make sure the trailer was firmly braced before hopping aboard for the night. That's a cheap way to make sure there aren't any unpleasant surprises.
03-03-2013 02:52 PM
dabnis
Re: Camping in a (trailered) boat

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It's possible if the trailer is fastened to a car... my Wayfarer trailerable would tip over backwards if I stood at the stern and the trailer wasn't hitched to the car. It's a simple matter of overcoming the tongue weight....which apparently I do.
Unless you are a really big person it sounds like you may need a little bit more tongue weight. I think some trailer mfrs recommend about 10 to 15% of the total trailer weight be on the tongue. But, if it doesn't sway in cross winds or under braking, so be it.

Paul T
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