Looking for input on scaling down slightly

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keenancr1
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Looking for input on scaling down slightly

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Im starting work on a hellcat and run into an early issue with the width being slightly too large for where i intend to store it. 7ft 10in entrance, 7 ft 11in boat width.

What would be the best solution here? My first thought is to scale the entire boat down slightly (factor of .05, shaving off 4.75 inches from beam length).

Are there problems with this approach? Any other suggestions?

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Re: Looking for input on scaling down slightly

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Put in a wider door?
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I would not play with the beam of the boat. I prefer to make your door wider. You will most likely have the trailer wheels and fenders to deal with too.
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Both of my trailers are 8'-6" wide. The Bartender is 8'-4" wide.

Just for info.

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Look into the appropriate trailer for this boat and check out the wheel base. You may have a hard time finding one that is less than 8 ft.

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The headaches associated with scaling down the beam will be far more difficult in comparison to the job of widening the door.
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Re: Looking for input on scaling down slightly

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Thanks all, ill look at trailer sizes and ways to widen the garage entrance rather then scale the boat

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Re: Looking for input on scaling down slightly

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keenancr1 wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:38 pm
Thanks all, ill look at trailer sizes and ways to widen the garage entrance rather then scale the boat
I built a sailboat with a 6'8" beam (6'10" with rub rails) - so I assumed no issue in getting it out of my 8' wide doors. So when it came time to look for a used trailer to modify for my boat, I learned that the vast vast majority of trailers available for a 3000lb displacement (~2200lb dry weight) are 8' + a couple of inches... I never did find one used -- ended up having a custom trailer made by Kokopelli trailers in Phoenix (great folks to work with...but conversation with my wife about the new excessive 'cost' of my project won't soon be forgotten...) -- and then I found that my sailboat would not launch from the trailer - 18" full keel lifted it up too far to float off of anything but the steepest ramps... so the Sailboat is now at a berth. The Sweet Caroline I'm building now is designed to fit/launch from the trailer that sits empty...moral of story --not sure but I'm still laughing at myself and my naivety...but recommend finding the trailer that works and then ensure extra space with the widening project.
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