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Old 06-11-2012, 11:57 PM   #21
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Jeffnick, That's an interesting boat. It would be great in the shallow waters of the Florida Keys. Have you ever brought it south?
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:48 AM   #22
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I've wet launched and retrieved my old S2-9.2C sailboat (5'10" draft) many times with a trailer extension. The extension was 30' long and had dolly wheels under the hitch ball. Standing operating procedure in the midwest where services are limited. I had a rack built for it to slide in on the trailer frame under the boat.
Not something you want to do on a busy day at the ramp and plan to get wet.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:21 AM   #23
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Hello all,

I'm a newbie to the trawler scene. *The more I read about trawlers, the more the wife and I want one. *We have owned our 22 Sea Ray Sundancer for 3 years now and feel it's time to upgrade. *

We have been boating for 3 years now in the Palm Beach to Stuart area. *Our boating consists of cruising the ICW and stopping at restaraunts, sandbars, and offshore fishing in 2 feet or less seas. *We would also like to go to the Bahamas, and the FL Keys. *Occasional overnight or two.

I'm looking for the biggist trawler that can be trailered. *Here in Florida, DOT/Police don't go after the 11 ft beam boats on trailers on the roads. *Please don't push the law on this subject. * I'm a DIY type of guy and like to keep my toys close by so I can keep up with the maintenance. *I don't trust others to do maintenace, etc... I know keeping the boat at a slip would be ALOT easier but I can't afford paying 3-500 bucks. *Besides, I'd rather use the slip fee for fuel.

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Single Engine (prefer diesel), gen set, a/c, cabin, displacement, or semi-displacement hull, wife wants a nice cozy cabin.*

So far we BOTH like the MAINSHIP 30 PILOT. *Not sure how high it would be on a custom trailer though. *Don't want to go over 13' high. *Anyone ever trailer this boat? *

Not sure what else I need to detail to get the most out of this forum. *Any help in this subject would be greatly appreciated. *Hope to learn from you all and joine the trawler family. *Thanks!!

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There is a huge difference in trailering a boat to get it home once or twice a year and one you plan on using on a regular basis.

The whole concept of a "trawler" as many really NOT prefer to call what most of us have...is a HEAVY, full/semi-displacement cruiser...is big for it's size, heavy for carrying a big load for distant cruising, slow because you have the time and want the fuel range...etc..etc... OK, this may not fit everyones wishes, desires, dreams etc...but it's a general idea.

To fill your "requirements"....or do the boating you wish to do....a trawler would be the last thing on my list...especially if trailering.

if this is all you want to do...We have been boating for 3 years now in the Palm Beach to Stuart area. *Our boating consists of cruising the ICW and stopping at restaraunts, sandbars, and offshore fishing in 2 feet or less seas. *We would also like to go to the Bahamas, and the FL Keys. *Occasional overnight or two. Just about any boat with a small cabin would do and the lighter the better for trailering. Getting to the Bahamas does NOT require all that seaworthy of a boat as people do it every day in all kinds of boats. A safe boat and skipper is all that's needed...not a specific boat type.

As long as you are always at marinas and only occasionally overnight..there's no requirement to haul around a bunch of stuff. So I would go for as open as I could with just enough cabin to sleep in and a comfy enough head to make cruising a bit better than wildeness camping.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:47 AM   #24
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You might find some good information on this site Trailer Trawler Life Blog on Ranger Tug, Kismet

Pretty neat boats and an interesting way of doing it.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:26 AM   #25
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Jeffnick, That's an interesting boat. It would be great in the shallow waters of the Florida Keys. Have you ever brought it south?
Haven't made it to the Keys yet. But have done the St. Johns out of DeLand.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:25 AM   #26
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Looks like the St. Johns trip was a lot fun. Think about a Keys trip. Launch in Miami and head south. You've got a great boat for it. Could you use the boat like a travel trailer and live on her while she's on the trailer?
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We've done the Keys several times in several different boats. We like the ramp at Bahia Honda.




And yes...the boat is every bit a travel trailer while on the road and we use it that way; overnighting in Rest Areas, WalMarts and sometimes even campgrounds.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:52 PM   #28
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But if you launch in Miami, I'll get a chance to see the boat and you can enjoy Biscayne Bay!
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:59 PM   #29
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When we do Miami &/or Biscayne Bay, we splash at Crandon.
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We could send you an eMail if we get down that way?
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jeffnick, I'd love a chance to see the boat. I'm sure you can translate that. You can send an email through our website. I look at all of them.
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Crandon has a good ramp and lots of trailer parking. I've used it many times.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:45 PM   #31
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launching without trailer tongue extension

I don't know if this would work with your boat, but I have watched my friend launch his San Juan 24 fixed keel sailboat many times by backing the trailer down to just before the wheels get wet, chocking the wheels, unhooking the trailer and attaching a 20 foot chain to the trailer and the hitch and pulling forward to tension the chain. He then pulls forward enough to unloose the chock and lets the trailer roll into the water far enough to float the boat off and pulls the trailer out with the chain. You have to have a jackstand with a fairly sturdy wheel on it. Retrieving the boat is just the reverse. It works like a charm and gets the truck up on the dry part of the ramp where it has good traction before it pulls the boat completely out, too.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:54 PM   #32
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It wasn't my proudest moment.I put snow chains on the rear of my 4x4 Ranger to unload a boat.I had to back all the way in until water almost came in the door.If I hadn't had chains,I would have ended up swimming.Ramp was steep and slick,trailer was too short,and 4x4 wasn't going to work on soaked concrete.
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