53313Re: General Questions re: Bolger's "Surf"
- Apr 3, 2007check out the trailers at harbor freight
--- In email@example.com, "marylandbeukers"
> Thanks, Patrick.
> I'm interested in your comment about the trailer kit at West
> Are you speaking about a kit to assemble a trailer, or a trailerlooking
> accessories kit (brake lights, wires, hitch, etc.)? I tried
> on West Marine's website and the only trailer they had was a pre-to
> assembled one for $630 - and that was only able to pull a boat up
> 12 feet. I'd like to keep any purchase cost for a trailer aboutthe
> same for building the boat ($200 +/-....am I in "Fantasy World"with
> this cost?)southern
> Your email below, combined with the others posted under
> the "Cartopping it" subject line, have convinved me to invest in a
> trailer - if I can afford it. About a year ago, I had the
> opportunity to take possession of a used Siren 17. It was in very
> good condition, except that the axle of the trailer it sat on was
> broken. The boat was in the guy's backyard way out on the
> peninsula tip of Maryland where there isn't much infrastructure.It
> became such a hassle to organize an effort to either fix theexisting
> trailer or get a new one that I eventually had to pass on theboat.
> Not to mention getting a hitch put on the Passat (something it'snot
> designed for), getting a Maryland state license for the trailer(it's
> required in Maryland) and then learning how to drive & park athat
> trailer. It really left a bad taste in my mouth, and I eventually
> decided to build my own boat and car-top it. But I now realize
> desire is in conflict with the my other desire to have a boat thatmy
> can hold a family of four.
> What are your (and anyone else's) thoughts on the idea of building
> own trailer out of thick lumber? I did see that West Marine sellsbuying
> everything else a trailer needs except the frame. And as I'm
> wood to build the boat, I figure I can also get some lumber for astation
> trailer? Am I still in Fantasy World?
> Thanks again!
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Patrick Crockett <pcrockett@> wrote:
> > I car-topped my Windsprint for a year before I invested in a
> trailer. It
> > was hard -- no way I could do it now, 10 years later (without
> > back pain the next few days). Also, we sold th Bonneville
> > -- it would be a trick to fit it on top of a smaller car. The
> > passing trucks on th highway would probably sail you right off
> > On the other hand, with a trailer it is quite light -- I had no
> > pulling it behind my Mazda Protege. You can buy a trailer kit
> > Marine -- adds a few hundred dollars to the total cost of the
> > Patrick
> > marylandbeukers wrote:
> > > Good information to know - especially about the possible
> > > quarters. Thank you very much. (Also, my wife just told methat
> > > oldest now weighs 60 lbs.!)
> > >
> > > Can you tell me how much the Windsprint weighs? The 150 lbs.
> > > Surf is about the max I wanted to go, and I'm assuming the
> > > weighs even more. (150 lbs may not seem like much, but I'm
> > > picture my wife and I up-ending and lifting a 150 lb, 16' boat
> > > the top of our car - and the picture isn't pretty.) I also
> > > make sure I can find a 4'6"+ roof rack that can fit my VW
> > > wagon.possibly -
> > >
> > > Let me ask one other advice question: If the windsprint won't
> > > for me, is it possible to add a removable outrigger rig to the
> > > My thinking is that this will help with stability and -
> > > allow me to reduce the size of the flotation compartments
> > > allow for more "people" room in the boat.
> > >
> > > Any thoughts?
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