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36538Re: [bolger] Houseboat #481Trailer Question

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  • grant corson
    May 24, 2004
      I sure would like to see some pictures of the houseboat.
      on 5/24/04 6:15 PM, Paul McLellan at bys@... wrote:

      > I 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
      > Houseboat.
      > 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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