Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Greater Vancouver B.C. Canada
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Max trailer width in B.C. is 8'6" and permits to exceed this are easily obtained.
I trailer a 26' MacGregor 26M, it is 8' wide and weighs in at aprox. 4000 lbs including engine, trailer, gas tanks, water, supplies etc. and I tow it with the Chevy TrailBlazer EXT (extended wheelbase) class 4 hitch. The first season we trailered every weekend and with practice got fast at setup but it was still a pain and one really had to watch the tides or suffer the consequences.
Upon my wifes' insistence the following year we tried a slip for a few months, wow, what a luxury, we were soon spoiled and subsequently slipped again the following year and 5 years later still doing it. I do not yet have bottom paint so I still have to haul it out and trailer home a few times each season to clean the bottom and re-wax it, plus do any repairs while in the driveway, then back to the marina. There is a launch & haul cost but not a biggie and at this point it is still not worth the bottom paint job with the short seasons we have been getting recently. Once I retire and slip for 6 months I may do the bottom paint.
It is being able to moor in the driveway for winter and then having access to the boat from my garage to do modifications, repairs and installs that is the main attraction for me. Spring commisioning is a big process and the convenience of working out of the garage is just too attractive to ignore, tools and supplies are right there as are all the other conveniences of home.
We used the boat & trailer a lot the first year as the novelty was new but now I realize that we use the boat much more with the seasonal moorage. It is mostly a perceptual thing, the idea that we can just quickly drive to the marina (15 Minutes) and be out on the water in less than an hour as opposed to hook up the trailer and drive much further to a ramp and then have to motor considerably further to sailing area has a huge impact on how often we sail.
In past years the marina allowed free trailer parking with moorage so we took advantage of it. Last year they started to charge $25.00/month so I now take it home and can do my trailer maintenance from the garage with no boat on it. After several years the trailer does tend to require a fair bit of maintenance and the new policy forces me to take it home and do it.
I originally thought I was going to trailer everywhere and perhaps after I retire I may but for now nothing beats the convenience of a seasonal marina slip. At some point the cost of the marina may force me back onto the trailer but I am not too worried about it since retirement is only a year or so away.