Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Southern Colorado
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Re: Converting swing board trailer to wing keel trailer?
Thanks for the ideas and input.
1) Plan to keep boat for 2-3 years. Purchased to gain needed experience with a medium sized boat.
2) Colorado has no great sailing lakes in my opinion. Plan is to use the Sea of Cortez which isn't too far from southern Colorado. Far prefer saltwater with scuba diving opportunities.
3) Boat transport makes little sense. I have a large truck with a 488 and am well experienced with trailers...owning seven. Mountains can be easily circumvented by driving through New Mexico. Agreed.....have a creepy feeling about converting existing trailer. At least without somebody who is highly experienced in the matter. Don't like the risk one bit.
The boat used to weigh 5000 pounds. Now closer to 5700 pound without diesel engine. The large dual axle trailer is very likely strong enough, just not built for the wing keel.
1. figure out if you want to keep the boat.
2. If you are keeping this boat, figure out if you want to store it on a trailer.
3. If you are not planning to keep it on a trailer, get a boat transport quote to your marina of choice. That would be my preference. Long way to tow it and rough mountains to deal with.
3. Get a right, used trailer for it, in terms of boat weight and keel shape and tow it home. Converting existing trailer may not be an option. some trailers are mostly for yard use, not long haul of a heavy boat.