What size trailer

Boat trailers and trailering

Moderator: ttownshaw

Post Reply
User avatar
DrBryanJ
Posts: 1130
Joined: Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:05 am
Location: Pompton Plains, NJ

What size trailer

Post by DrBryanJ »

I'm building a malahini. 16ft. I've been looking at craigslist for a trailer. What size do I need. Need to fit, but don't want my boat to look too small for trailer.

Bryan
Bryan

Building a malahini "Mona Lisa"

My wife said "If I build a boat, she's getting a divorce."
We're still happily married, but now she just wants "the dam boat out of the garage."

User avatar
mrintense
Posts: 3611
Joined: Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:22 am
Location: Austin, Texas
Contact:

Re: What size trailer

Post by mrintense »

Here's a fairly detailed link. There are probably others as well.

https://www.loadrite.com/fitting-a-boat ... railer.php
Carl

Crafting a classically styled Vera Cruise

Clipper Boating

User avatar
DrBryanJ
Posts: 1130
Joined: Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:05 am
Location: Pompton Plains, NJ

Re: What size trailer

Post by DrBryanJ »

Thanks Carl. Just what I need when measuring a trailer. But, when an ad says 18 ft trailer does that mean it is for an 18 ft boat?
Bryan

Building a malahini "Mona Lisa"

My wife said "If I build a boat, she's getting a divorce."
We're still happily married, but now she just wants "the dam boat out of the garage."

User avatar
mrintense
Posts: 3611
Joined: Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:22 am
Location: Austin, Texas
Contact:

Re: What size trailer

Post by mrintense »

I honestly don't know the answer to that. I am pretty ignorant about boats and trailers. Definitely take a tape measure with you
Carl

Crafting a classically styled Vera Cruise

Clipper Boating

User avatar
galamb
Posts: 831
Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:37 am
Location: Inverary, Ontario - Cuddy Sport (modified)
Contact:

Re: What size trailer

Post by galamb »

Most commercially built trailers for smaller boats, say under 21 feet, can be adjusted somewhat.

Usually the winch stand and keel roller can be moved forward or backward to accommodate the length of the boat within a couple of feet.

So in the case of the Easy Loader that I use for my 14' Aluminum, it could be adjusted easily to fit a boat from about 12 to 15 feet with a max weight of 800 lbs - so as long as I stay withing those limits, the trailer would work.

However, you really need to look at the trailer you would be contemplating - some can be adjusted, others are fixed (welded/rusted solid).

Image
Graham

Yes, Plywood is "real" wood :)

A "professional" is someone who gets paid for their work - it doesn't necessarily mean they are good at it :)

Post Reply

Return to “Trailers and trailering”