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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.
Good luck, whatever you do.