Freedom isn't free
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bedford, VA
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Re: Converting swing board trailer to wing keel trailer?
Lots of mention of this trailer (best part) and only passing mentions of the boat, except that it is dirty.
I am familiar with S2s only from the 7.9 line, and they are balsa cored... if the boat sat for 8 years unused (and probably unattended), how can you be sure there is even any core left? I know the older S2s are supposedly much heavier built and stronger, so maybe they are solid glass?
The trailer "rebuild" is probably just the start of this adventure. For what its worth, my money is on borrowing someone else's trailer to get the boat home, block it up, then attempt to upgrade/convert/sell the trailer it came with.
A new trailer for a 27 foot sailboat with 4-5 foot draft, and roughly 5000lb displacement will run you about $6500 (loadmaster and triad quoted me for such a thing in the last couple weeks). You COULD get away with a bare bones model that is painted without the ramp launch options for roughly around $5000.
The used trailer is likely worth between $1500 and $2500 in fully functional condition... So is it worth another $4000 for a brandy new trailer that properly fits the boat?
I still think focusing on the trailer is focusing on the immediate transport problem and not the larger problem of the value of the boat itself.
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA