Re: General Questions re: Bolger's "Surf"
- 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
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?
--- In email@example.com, Patrick Crockett <pcrockett@...> wrote:
> I car-topped my Windsprint for a year before I invested in a
> was hard -- no way I could do it now, 10 years later (without
> back pain the next few days). Also, we sold th Bonneville station
> -- it would be a trick to fit it on top of a smaller car. The wind
> passing trucks on th highway would probably sail you right off the
> 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 from
> Marine -- adds a few hundred dollars to the total cost of the boat.
> marylandbeukers wrote:
> > Good information to know - especially about the possible cramped
> > quarters. Thank you very much. (Also, my wife just told me that
> > oldest now weighs 60 lbs.!)
> > Can you tell me how much the Windsprint weighs? The 150 lbs. of
> > 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 trying
> > 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 have
> > 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
> > for me, is it possible to add a removable outrigger rig to the
> > My thinking is that this will help with stability and - possibly -
> > allow me to reduce the size of the flotation compartments which
> > allow for more "people" room in the boat.
> > Any thoughts?
- The one thing that has only been touched on here. With
a small bore motor they don't like to be lugged at
all. They make their power at high RPM. So to keep
them from over heating, keep them spun up so they can
make the power needed. In short down shift as soon as
the RPMs start to fall off on the hills.
I have towed with a 64 VW Baja Bug and 74 VW Bus and
they did the job asked of them. My 79 Toyota 4x4 does
all I ask of it and then some and it's a 2.3L motor.
You also have to learn to plan well ahead of yourself
all the time you are moving. Enjoy the time you have
when you can.
--- timbo@... wrote:
> I certainly wouldn't portray my old Geo as the____________________________________________________________________________________
> ultimate towing machine.
> And I purposefully purchased my powerboat because it
> is exactly the right
> size to hold my kids and still be reasonably towed
> with my car.
> Certainly the larger the vehicle, the less it is
> affected by the weight of
> the trailer.
> What I hoped to accomplish was to provide an example
> of what is doable,
> not what is optimal. The original poster is
> wondering if he can budget
> for a $250 trailer, and I'm guessing he can't
> entertain purchasing a
> different vehicle just to tow his boat for 10
> weekends in the summer. Is
> his Passat capable of safely and occasionally towing
> and launching any
> unballasted sailboat under 20 feet without
> destroying his drivetrain?
> Almost certainly.
> You are right, hills exacerbate the wear and tear
> that towing puts on a
> car, and I've certainly got no plans to pull my
> powerboat through the
> Rockies, but I'd be confident pulling it a couple
> hundred miles on a
> weekend excursion.
> Sometimes it seems that this whole "trailering"
> thing gets portrayed as
> some big scary deal, and it doesn't need to be.
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