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What size trailer

Post by DrBryanJ » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:19 pm

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.

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Re: What size trailer

Post by mrintense » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:57 pm

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

https://www.loadrite.com/fitting-a-boat ... railer.php
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Re: What size trailer

Post by DrBryanJ » Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:36 pm

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?
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Re: What size trailer

Post by mrintense » Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:48 pm

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

Post by galamb » Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:21 pm

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).

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