36531Houseboat #481Trailer Question
- May 24, 2004I have just cut out and mocked up the trailer for the Bolger Houseboat
#481. It looks inspiring and will cause me to push a little to finish
the boat sooner. Launch date is set for Canada day which is July 1
with at least a couple of trials beforehand.
I do have a major question on the distance from the centre of the ball
on the trailer hitch to the front of the boat. I have measured a few
trailers and the variance is quite profound from a mere 22 inches for
the sharpie "Turtle" to 48 inches on other trailers. Considering the
front of the boat is 8 feet wide and I will be pulling it with a pick
up which has the distance of the bumper between the ball and the tailgate.
Any advice or experience will be greatly appreciated. I will be
disassembling the trailer and bringing all the pieces to a
professional welder. I am extremely pleased with the design and end
product. I believe with the tandem axles it will be rated for a 4000
lb load which is very robust for the expected load of 2500 lbs for the
The entire experience has been a great learning curve and the savings
by doing the job myself are quite significant and cuts the overall
price by more than half and increases quality and load factor by 1/3.
IMHO Thanks Paul McLellan quite elated after chopping up a quarter
ton of 1/8th inch square pipe and clamping like crazy. thanks Bruce
for inspiring me to have a lot of "C" clamps on hand.
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