36538Re: [bolger] Houseboat #481Trailer Question
- May 24, 2004I 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
> 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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