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Trailering Dana 24

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I am considering Dana 24. Anybody trailering? I know the boat is heavy. Any issues with ramp launch? How difficult to remove and step the mast? Any responses appreciated.

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Trailering Dana 24

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A long time ago, we trailered the Dana''s smaller sister, a Flicka. What we came to understand is that the mast and rigging could be arranged so as to be self-raising/lowering, but that the boat usually had to be craned or lifted into the water from the trailer. The issues were ramp grade and having sufficient depth in the run length of the ramp to enable the boat to be floated off the ramp. In lakes and on the U.S. east coast, this was usually not possible...and that''s IF I''d had the courage to consider doing it, given the tired vehicles we were using.

I can''t see how the Dana situation would be much different...unless you are in a region where the conditions of the ramps is considerably different.

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Re: Trailering Dana 24

I've ramp-launched 25 foot sailboats, with an extension tongue as long as the trailer. It is easier with a retractable or swing keel. If you want to trailer a Dana, consider an F350-sized pickup; I've had stability problems with an F150 sized vehicle, towing lighter boats such as a Catalina 25.
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Re: Trailering Dana 24

From time to time I pull our Nor'sea 27 behind a Ram 2500. We have ramp-launched and retrieved her once. As previously posted you will need an extension, ours extends about 16 feet since she needs about 5 feet to float off the trailer. The Dana specs and the Nor'sea are not that different. If you are going to tow often and far consider a diesel powered truck.

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Re: Trailering Dana 24

You are going to need a heck of a ramp to be able to launch that! I have owned several trailerable boats over the years and have ramp-launched hundreds of times. I think I have probably seen one, and ONLY one, ramp in Florida that would be suitable for a boat like the Dana.

The problem is two-fold. First off, most of the ramps have a shallow enough angle to them that you would need a REALLY long extension to get the boat deep enough. Secondly, most of the ramps are just not that long. Your trailer will drop off the end of the ramp into a hole, or soft sand, or maybe gooey mud, before it is deep enough to launch the boat.

I would look at the Dana as a boat to trailer from one area to another only very infrequently -- perhaps on a seasonal basis. Then get it lifted into the water to stay for a good, long time. I most certainly would NOT consider it as a boat to trailer from place to place, launching and retrieving every time I want to use it.

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Re: Trailering Dana 24

Oh jezz, I've fallen victim to a zombie thread.

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Re: Trailering Dana 24

Well, technically, it was rschudy who resurrected the 15 year old thread, but yeah... we should not have taken the bait. Oh well.
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