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05-12-2013 02:36 AM
Re: Just bought a boat.

there are marinas around here that charge less, but they do not let you work on the boat. Plus they have to unstep the mast to get it from their splash point to the yard due to low hanging electrical wires. Sadly due to the money here at the Jersey Shore, sailing is about dead and very few yards want anything to do with sailboats.. let alone sailboats that need maintance
05-11-2013 10:33 PM
Re: Just bought a boat.

Originally Posted by mad_machine View Post
...the $1000 a marina would want for winter storage.
ouch. For 23'?
05-11-2013 10:22 PM
Re: Just bought a boat.

Congrats. Pretty boat! Classic Alberg lines....
05-11-2013 10:10 PM
Pegu club
Re: Just bought a boat.

Me and the admiral just today had our first boat splashed, enjoy and have a bit to much fun,
05-11-2013 10:15 AM
Re: Just bought a boat.

Congratulations, its been a while since I have heard of this boat but when I looked at the picture I recognized the beauty of Carl Alberg's genius. Have fun with it, I'm jealous.
05-11-2013 09:33 AM
Re: Just bought a boat.

I live trailerable...
Couple things... not trying to scare you...
Before you leave... Check the safety chains (mounts, clasps)...
Check lights (I know most times they never work, but sometimes you get lucky and the prior owner did their diligence).
If it has brakes make sure they don't lock (cause that is scarier than not working believe it or not, especially at this size).
Check the tires (look for dry rot... don't move the boat if it has a lot of cracks in the tires, you are going 400 miles not 400 feet).
when you hitch up, if it has a dolly, verify that you cannot remove the hitch from the ball by lifting the trailer while hitched (this should simulate force on the ball)... its a test I always do...

Since this is a NEW TO YOU trailer... for the first 10, 20, 40, 100 miles feel the bearings to check if they are getting hot (careful, don't just grab them, they could be REAL hot - if they are you need to wait for them to cool before moving out, if they are burning hot, you may want to consider replacing bearings before moving it more). If it has bearing buddies, bring a grease gun with you, and grease them before you leave, then maybe you can avoid them getting hot for this trip. Watch the wheels while you trailer, look for wobble (can you tell I've had a few bearings go?).

Check ALL LINES before you leave. Make sure the bow is tied to the trailer (downforce, not just winch strap to bow eye)... also check that the stern is tied to the trailer, both sides...

If the outboard is on the stern, please remove it. Usually on 22 footish trailerables... the motor gives a lot of counterbalance to the boat (and bouncing on the road can put WAY more force on that motor mount than it was designed for). You want 10-15% of total up weight on the ball.

Congratulations on the boat... you will have a blast! I want you to get it home safe and sound... and most importantly YOU and everyone else safe and sound. Trailer sailing is an option for those of us who cannot afford to "slip" all the time... it also allows you to TEST other waters. Give yourself LOTS of time to sail your new boat though, setup and teardown can eat into your sailing time, don't neglect it in your time to sail. IT WILL GET FASTER, but initially take your time, and consider it "part of the price to sail," for now.
05-11-2013 09:22 AM
Re: Just bought a boat.

Having the trailer and a place to store your boat over the winter is great. Having it at home is a great advantage in getting winter projects done too. I'm jealous.

No chance you can put a hitch on your current vehicle for the money? I don't think you will need much for a boat of this size, particularly if it is on a properly balanced trailer and you're not pulling it up a launch ramp. The whole lot probably weighs around 4000 lbs? A big variable is whether the trailer has its own brakes. You can usually baby a tow vehicle and take it slow, if its underpowered for the haul, its stopping that you need to worry about.

Keep tolls in mind for your trip. They won't break you, but will add up when towing a trailer. It's essentially like having two cars. I'm guessing the NYS thruway and NJ turnpike are the bigger nuts.
05-11-2013 09:17 AM
Re: Just bought a boat.

Congrats. Nice boat. This could be the start of something big. Boat trailer bearings famously crap out at in opportune times. Make sure they are well greased. Jack the trailer and spin the wheels to make sure the bearings are quiet, not rumbling. Any doubt, replace, repack with grease. If they overheat and seize they will be a nightmare.Make sure tire pressures are good and get a spare wheel/ tire. Enjoy the ride.
05-11-2013 09:03 AM
Re: Just bought a boat.

Make sure to check the lugs on the trailer wheels. I bought a boat in NY and while on the NJ turnpike lost a wheel. It went past us and went across 6 lanes before stopping.
05-11-2013 08:55 AM
Re: Just bought a boat.

Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
What is your plan for the boat, are you leaving it on a mooring or in a slip? Will you be having a marina launch and haul her, or will you need this equipment sooner rather than later? Train fare and truck rental is going to add up quickly. I would consider putting the money toward a tow vehicle, if you're going to need one anyway.

If they is just a one way trip and you'll not need the trailer again, I'm certain you could pay someone to drive up there and tow it back. Its a two day roundtrip, with one overnight.
in the long run, the trailer is cheaper. It will allow me to store the boat at home rather than the $1000 a marina would want for winter storage. This is money I can put into the boat (and vendors hands) rather than the marina's. I will still pay them to haul it out, but I would rather store her in my drive for the winter where I can do some work.

Train fair is about $150ish.. (depends on the day) and the Quote from Uhaul is $400 (but there are always add on fees) but that is still cheaper than the other Sea Sprite I was looking at. That boat would have required hauling, shipping, and then blocking and relaunching. It also required a fair bit of work, this one needs only a minor amount, most of which can be done in water
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