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53313Re: General Questions re: Bolger's "Surf"

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  • Tom
    Apr 3, 2007
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      check out the trailers at harbor freight

      Tom C
      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "marylandbeukers"
      <marylandbeukers@...> wrote:
      >
      > Thanks, Patrick.
      >
      > I'm interested in your comment about the trailer kit at West
      Marine.
      > Are you speaking about a kit to assemble a trailer, or a trailer
      > accessories kit (brake lights, wires, hitch, etc.)? I tried
      looking
      > on West Marine's website and the only trailer they had was a pre-
      > assembled one for $630 - and that was only able to pull a boat up
      to
      > 12 feet. I'd like to keep any purchase cost for a trailer about
      the
      > same for building the boat ($200 +/-....am I in "Fantasy World"
      with
      > this cost?)
      >
      > 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
      southern
      > peninsula tip of Maryland where there isn't much infrastructure.
      It
      > became such a hassle to organize an effort to either fix the
      existing
      > trailer or get a new one that I eventually had to pass on the
      boat.
      > Not to mention getting a hitch put on the Passat (something it's
      not
      > designed for), getting a Maryland state license for the trailer
      (it's
      > required in Maryland) and then learning how to drive & park a
      > 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
      that
      > desire is in conflict with the my other desire to have a boat that
      > can hold a family of four.
      >
      > What are your (and anyone else's) thoughts on the idea of building
      my
      > own trailer out of thick lumber? I did see that West Marine sells
      > everything else a trailer needs except the frame. And as I'm
      buying
      > wood to build the boat, I figure I can also get some lumber for a
      > trailer? Am I still in Fantasy World?
      >
      > Thanks again!
      > FB
      >
      > --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, 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
      > serious
      > > back pain the next few days). Also, we sold th Bonneville
      station
      > wagon
      > > -- it would be a trick to fit it on top of a smaller car. The
      wind
      > from
      > > passing trucks on th highway would probably sail you right off
      the
      > road.
      > > On the other hand, with a trailer it is quite light -- I had no
      > concerns
      > > pulling it behind my Mazda Protege. You can buy a trailer kit
      from
      > West
      > > Marine -- adds a few hundred dollars to the total cost of the
      boat.
      > >
      > > Patrick
      > >
      > > marylandbeukers wrote:
      > > > Good information to know - especially about the possible
      cramped
      > > > quarters. Thank you very much. (Also, my wife just told me
      that
      > our
      > > > oldest now weighs 60 lbs.!)
      > > >
      > > > Can you tell me how much the Windsprint weighs? The 150 lbs.
      of
      > your
      > > > Surf is about the max I wanted to go, and I'm assuming the
      > Windsprint
      > > > weighs even more. (150 lbs may not seem like much, but I'm
      trying
      > to
      > > > picture my wife and I up-ending and lifting a 150 lb, 16' boat
      > onto
      > > > the top of our car - and the picture isn't pretty.) I also
      have
      > to
      > > > make sure I can find a 4'6"+ roof rack that can fit my VW
      Passat
      > > > wagon.
      > > >
      > > > Let me ask one other advice question: If the windsprint won't
      > work
      > > > for me, is it possible to add a removable outrigger rig to the
      > Surf?
      > > > My thinking is that this will help with stability and -
      possibly -
      >
      > > > allow me to reduce the size of the flotation compartments
      which
      > will
      > > > allow for more "people" room in the boat.
      > > >
      > > > Any thoughts?
      > >
      >
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