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Topic Review (Newest First)
11-20-2011 12:01 AM
bgeddes The simple (car type) trailer might work if you can fit a 27' boat on it. Most car trailers are in the 14-18' range.
11-19-2011 09:35 PM
GaryHLucas I should have built a trailer for my current boat and towed it home, before I started all the repair work. It's been on the hard for three years now and the trailer would have saved me at least $10,000 in yard fees and travel costs.

I built a trailer for my Hunter 27 back in 1983. I asked friend to give me a hand building it and we had the boat sitting on the trailer ready to roll in about 10 hours time. It cost me about $200 too.

Gary H. Lucas
11-19-2011 01:22 PM
RXBOT You can hire a self loading semi with flatdeck trailer, may have to be lowbed type trailer. Should be a few around, get estimates. Similar move cost me 500 before I built my own trailer.
11-19-2011 01:10 PM
Squidd Actually , the car/truck has more acceleration power than stopping power..make sure trailer has opperational brakes..
(have you looked at the cost of manufacturing a new trailer and or cradle)
I have under $200 into this one, (12,000# dual electric brakes) by the time I add fenders, lights and a tongue jack... still less than $500...

I suppose I could paint it, but I can't see it when I'm 5 miles from shore..
11-19-2011 01:02 PM
captflood Greetings Earthlings Not only do you need to fasten boat to cradle cradle to trailer trailer to car p;ease rember the car has a lot more stopping power than exceleration so more streainth to stop the load moving forward Belt ans suspenders It works for me (have you looked at the cost of manufacturing a new trailer and or cradle) ? GO SAFE
11-19-2011 11:05 AM
SHNOOL Listen to Squidd, he's got you covered.. look up GVWR of the trailer, and the boat, and calculate it all in as said... HOWEVER, don't forget the tow vehicle!

So many people ignore their trucks GCVWR (gross combined vehicle weight rating)... Your trucks weight, plus your total package towed, cannot exceed this number (see the door of your truck). This is the max consist weight... including yourself, and gear! Many trucks (including mine) have a great tow rating and a lousy GCVWR... it limits my towability to about 8000# Stupid part is, changing to taller gears gives me #2000lbs more towing, which means it isn't stopping, or suspension causing the problem, its gearing.
11-19-2011 11:04 AM
fiatracer163 Good point! looked up the specs and it says ~7500# so might need a heavy duty trailer. Or I can rent one from somewhere.
11-19-2011 10:58 AM
Originally Posted by fiatracer163 View Post
Would I be able to put this boat on a car trailer and strap it down? or would the cradle be too weak for the move?
What does the boat weigh..? and the cradle..? and the trailer...? =/< GVWR of trailer..

My boat weighs 6500# plus 600# for cradle and 1800# for trailer... GVWR of that trailer is 12,000# so it was a safe and secure ride...

Most car trailers have a 7,000# GVWR minus the 1,200# trailer and 500-600# cradle, means boat should weigh 5000# max...?
11-19-2011 10:51 AM
jerryRiggin Depends on how good a deal you're getting on the boat.
11-19-2011 10:50 AM
fiatracer163 Would I be able to put this boat on a car trailer and strap it down? or would the cradle be too weak for the move?
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