Malahini trailer need brakes?

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Malahini trailer need brakes?

Postby windancer » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:36 pm

I'm building the Malahini and just started looking for a used trailer for the boat. Was wondering if the trailer would need brakes? The finish weight of the baot is suppose to be around 2500 lbs. Anyone know?

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Re: Malahini trailer need brakes?

Postby Bill Edmundson » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:14 pm


This a state law question. You state may require brakes for different sizes of boats and trailers. Also, what does you tow vehicle owners manual say that it can do?

If you have a combined tow weight of say 4500# and you are at 6000#, the lawyers will eat you alive when you have an accident.

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Re: Malahini trailer need brakes?

Postby switherington » Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:04 pm

Windancer, I agree w/ Bill. But, I have a Mahlahini and it stops just fine behind our Town & Country. What size motor do you have on her?
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Re: Malahini trailer need brakes?

Postby upspirate » Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:16 pm

The real issue come in when you have to do a panic stop in the rain.

On my 4000 lb 21' behind my Trooper,I have no problems normally,but I made sure I had brakes for an interstate trip to the keys.

If you have doubts,get brakes and make them disks for simplicity and longevity.Make sure the surge coupler is for discs if you are adding them.

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Re: Malahini trailer need brakes?

Postby windancer » Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:24 pm

I don't have a motor for the boat. I'm just starting the build. Just searching for used trailers. Not really knowing what I might need.

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Re: Malahini trailer need brakes?

Postby galamb » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:31 am

I just picked up Ken Hankinson's trailer plans from Glen-L and he was nice enough to include a list of different state requirements.

Your particular state requires brakes on any trailer with a gross weight of 3000 pounds or more. However, there are a couple of states that require brakes for anything over 1000 pounds - so even if you will finish up under the 3K you may still want them if you plan to travel...

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Re: Malahini trailer need brakes?

Postby benjamint76 » Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:12 pm

windancer, the hull weight of the malahini is around 500lbs, not 2500lbs. Just thought you should know while looking around for a trailer.

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Re: Malahini trailer need brakes?

Postby Iggy » Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:46 pm

Where did you get 2,500 lbs for the Malahini weight?

Glen-L lists the Malahini as 475lbs stock, without engine, using 1/4" bottom plywood and single-layer top deck.

Engine.. a big 115 HP 4 Stroke Engine might weight around 400 lbs if you go to the 'max' with it.

Add 200 lbs for a very large full fuel tank.

More likely between 1,000 ~ 1,200 lbs fully loaded (assuming no passengers of course).

If it was over 2,000 lbs I would probably opt for brakes, but it should be well under that number.
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Re: Malahini trailer need brakes?

Postby DaveLott » Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:58 am

Agree with Ig. My Riviera comes in at 2500. The Malahini- at least half that.

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Re: Malahini trailer need brakes?

Postby Roberta » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:29 am

If your trailer has a square 4 hole flange on the axle near the wheel on the backside, it can be retrofitted with brakes and a surge coupler. Mine does and I thought about adding brakes, but I will wait to see how it handles behind my car first. I think it will be fine without, though. I will be pulling a Zip of about 1500 gross.

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