53302Re: [bolger] Car topping or not to.
- Apr 2, 2007I'll second the advice about practice if you go the trailer route, if you have no experience driving a trailer. Practice plenty. I practiced *some* in a big empty parking lot with my first boat trailer. The first boat ramp I went to, which I had never seen before (mistake), was very long, very steep, and barely wider than the axle of my truck. Thankfully there was a helpful guy there flapping his lips in my ear the whole way down, making a complete nuisance and distraction of himself. He meant well. I've never seen a ramp anything like that one since then.
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From: Kristine Bennett
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 10:13 PM
Subject: [bolger] Car topping or not to.
You know you start putting the boat on the top of the
car and something slips, someone or something is going
to get hurt. 150 lbs falling 5 feet can easy brake a
leg or worst.
That little VW will have no hassle pulling a light
boat on a trailer. It will save your back and your
lady loves back as well.
Let's just say you get hurt loading the boat and brake
a leg... You are out of work 8 to 12 weeks the loss
income is way more then the cost of a small boat
trailer BRAND NEW! By how many time????
Also if you go to the trailer you can build a bit
bigger boat and have more room for every one!
Kids get tired and want someplace to curl up and
sleep. Also they are going to keep growning so maybe
build something that will still fit you all 4 or 5
years down the road.
With the trailer you don't have to manhandle the boat
4 times just to enjoy it one afternoon or play.
I have a 12 foot skiff and I have a trailer for it and
a flatbed for the same trailer so it's useful for
doing other things as well.
It would be a shame to have your boat all done and
then have it fall off the car and then someone be in a
cast for 12 weeks.
OK the down side you will have to learn to drive with
a trailer. You will have to learn how to make the
trailer go where you want it when backing. OK so you
have to go to a larger parking lot and play with it
for a few hours. Cardboard boxes make good dummys for
Just my feelings on the matter.
> 150 lbs. is *a lot* of boat to lift onto a car, even
> a short VW, even one end at a time.
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > Can anyone tell me the weight and/or
> displacement of
> Bolger's "Surf"
> > > design? Some other related questions: Is it
> cartop-able? Would
> > > recommend it as a calm river drift boat for a
> family of four
> (incl. two
> > > kids - each weighing less than fifty pounds)?
> Do I absolutely
> have to
> > > have the fore and aft compartments covered? Or
> can I use them
> > > sitting space? Any other pros and cons about
> the design would be
> > > helpful.
> > >
> > > Thanks much!
> > > FB
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