- Aug 10, 2014
Isn't that the truth? Ours was about 11:30 PM on Saturday night - and yes, we won't forget that one! Thankful for people who helped get us back on the water, so our vacation was saved.I don't know the science behind it -- but all truck and trailer calamities happen on Sundays. The good thing is it makes the trip unforgettable. Glad it turned out as good as it did.
A few notes about having the boat + trailer towed, as I'm sure I won't be the last C-22 sailor to find him/herself in a bind:
- BoatUS was really professional - every time I called them, they checked on our safety ("Are you in a safe place? Are all your family members safe? ..."). And they were always really clear about timeline and next steps.
- Unsurprisingly, I suppose, it was totally up to us to find a good destination to tow to. BoatUS didn't have any advice there.
- The tow truck they dispatched was a standard automotive flatbed, and the driver hadn't ever put a boat trailer on before. That was my only negative surprise about the experience - I somehow thought that BoatUS towing contractors might be selected for boat-trailer towing experience. But maybe that's too rare a skill-set to expect, even in near the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.
- Our C-22 trailer just barely fit on the truck widthwise - when we got her aligned just perfectly, we could get her on the bed, but I think one or both tires were touching the side rails. A trailer wider than our C-22 would be out of luck (or waiting for an even larger tow truck - no idea what BoatUS might have done then).
- As I said above, our trailer jack (a Fulton 1500 lb XLT) made it through the adventure. But even that flexed a bit while being winched. I think a smaller one might have dropped the tongue on the truck, for an even bigger adventure. I wish I had an even beefier roller system. Suggestions?
- The flatbed was about 3.5' off the ground, so the total height was < 12'. No problems with overpasses. Thankful for a mast riding flat - my old, taller mast crutch that held the aft end up another 12-18" might have been a problem.
- Once the boat was on the truck (and chained down), she seemed to ride just fine, and we haven't seen any subsequent problems.
- As alluded above, the brakes + hubs + bearings were relatively new and in good shape. The only thing I know of that might have triggered the problem was a car ahead of me slamming on their brakes in traffic, forcing me to stop shorter than I normally would - I wasn't following especially closely, but I noticed it. By the time we noticed the failure, the bearing buddy was gone, so we'd lost all the grease.