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Trailering a Catalina 36

I asked about this on a few different forums/groups (not here) over the last 6 months and was told multiple times that it either A. Couldn't be done, B. Was a terrible idea, or C. Would end in disaster for me and/or the boat.

I just wanted to share this photo in case someone else wants to know about this sort of thing. I hauled the boat ~300 miles yesterday and ran down the highway at a solid 60-65mph. Entire rig weighed in just a hair over 30k lbs.
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Why would you want to trailer a Catalina 36?

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Re: Trailering a Catalina 36

I would have been with the ABC group. I would guess you were beyond GVWR, and at a beam over 11', you should have had escort vehicles.

Either way glad you made it.

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I would have been with the ABC group. I would guess you were beyond GVWR, and at a beam over 11', you should have had escort vehicles.

Either way glad you made it.
I was near the GVWR on the truck, but not over it. Height was under 13'6", width was 11'10" which required a permit, and wide load signage. Over 12ft wide would have required an escort vehicle.

If I had it to do over again I would have preferred more truck, but that has more to do with the gearing/torque to get the load rolling than anything else. A class 4-6 truck would have been preferable for hauling a load with as much frontal area as this setup had.

Either way, the boat is in my back yard and I now I can get on with my refit!
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Re: Trailering a Catalina 36

Pretty cool. Every state is different when it come to regulations. Here in Michigan the max beam is 12' for not needing an escort vehicle, and the top speed is 50 mph. Check your local laws.


We were at 70K for the entire rig..33K just for the boat.

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Re: Trailering a Catalina 36

Now that is one hell of a load! That boat is freaking heavy.

That trailer looks like a Conolift OTR-30 trailer. I'm in the process of picking up a class 8 truck and a similar trailer. I tried to get my boat moved by a couple of different companies before doing it myself. They either flaked out (numerous times) on the day they were supposed to pick it up, or had a 3-4 month waiting list. Seems like I might be able to get a positive ROI in a couple of years moving boats during the "busy season". Maybe grab a flatbed or lowboy trailer to keep the truck working during the off-season for boats.
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Re: Trailering a Catalina 36

I think you were maxed out even with the Cummins Diesel which I'm just assuming you have. I've tried 28K with my HD GMC one ton with 454 gas and lets just say I'm glad I didn't have any hills to go up! Also looks like the trailer would be prone to dragging with that much length. Congrats on the move. I would have been a nervous wreck but probably more so on the way back to the water after what would no doubt be countless hours and dollars spent on a refit. The bigger truck and trailer would probably help alleviate the anxiety though.
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You should have a CDL over 26,000 lbs

But, hey - you made it.

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Re: Trailering a Catalina 36

Glad you made it. What is prudent to tow really depends on a lot of variables. One of the prime ones being, I'm pretty sure you aren't planning to tow that back and forth every few weeks to go sailing! What you can manage for a one-time trip a relatively short distance is a whole different matter than what you plan to do on a regular basis, or all the way across the country.

Good luck on the refit.

Oh yeah... And now we have a thread to point to when the inevitable "What's the biggest boat I can tow?" questions come up.
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Glad you made it. What is prudent to tow really depends on a lot of variables. One of the prime ones being, I'm pretty sure you aren't planning to tow that back and forth every few weeks to go sailing! What you can manage for a one-time trip a relatively short distance is a whole different matter than what you plan to do on a regular basis, or all the way across the country.

Good luck on the refit.

Oh yeah... And now we have a thread to point to when the inevitable "What's the biggest boat I can tow?" questions come up.
I'm glad I could add to the collective knowledge!

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You should have a CDL over 26,000 lbs

But, hey - you made it.
.. but I do have a class A CDL
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