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What is the largest trailerable sailboat?

Jun 2, 2004
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Several Catalinas C25/C320 USA
I may have missed this in an earlier post, if so, I apologize. One consideration about trailering often forgotten is the width of the beam. Anything over 8' 6" (normally) requires a permit, and can be a PITA.
 
Jun 8, 2004
7,563
-na -NA Anywhere USA
As a former dealer, my specialty was trailerable sailboats. I use to classify a truly trailerable is one that one person can handle in launching/retrieving, mast raising, and sailing. Widths, lengths, weight, etc. will have to be considered when pulling with a tow vehicle not to mention the wide load permits if a boat is overwidth as most states regulate on the towing at night and weekends. There there are the costs. Like one said, most of the boats have been trailered to a dealership of all sizes but I go back to my basic assumption that a truly trailerable boat is a one person boat.
 
Jan 31, 2009
5,252
Macgregor & Endeavour 26S and 37 Utah's Canyon Country
As a former dealer, my specialty was trailerable sailboats. I use to classify a truly trailerable is one that one person can handle in launching/retrieving, mast raising, and sailing. Widths, lengths, weight, etc. will have to be considered when pulling with a tow vehicle not to mention the wide load permits if a boat is overwidth as most states regulate on the towing at night and weekends. There there are the costs. Like one said, most of the boats have been trailered to a dealership of all sizes but I go back to my basic assumption that a truly trailerable boat is a one person boat.

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Jul 27, 2011
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Bavaria 38E Alamitos Bay
We currently have a nice 36 foot Hunter Vision. Beautiful, comfortable boat. We have had her in a marina in the SF Bay for the last 8 years. We have done about everything there is to do twice in the bay and short distances up and down the coast. This boat is not a blue water cruiser, so going long distances up and down the coast is not doable from a safety and time perspective.

So we are thinking about trading down to a trailerable boat that we can take all over.

What is the largest trailerable boat that has all of the comforts that we are used to?

We will probably get a one ton diesel truck for trailering.

Thanks,
Mike
I lately resolved a similar situation that you describe, having had my yacht(s) in Long Beach for 15 yr. We were developing a sort of the "been there, done that" type of attitude. Solution--moved the boat to a new sailing venue, in this case the northern Channel Islands operating out of Ventura Harbor. That ought to be good for a few years of new adventure! It's only 90 mi from driveway to marina parking lot; two hours in moderately heavy traffic; otherwise 1 1/2 hours in light traffic. You'll easily add up to more time than that overall hauling (55 mph), launching, and recovering a trailer boat--even a small one. One suggestion--move the boat to Santa Cruz; explore more fully the sailing venues between there and Morro Bay. Or-- this is quite a bit more of a stretch-- relocate her to Puget Sound or down here in So. Cal [consider Jet Blue; Oakland to Long Beach flts] for a couple of years and explore those places. Of course, feasibility depends on the time you have to spend on it all. Think of a large trailerable boat as motor home--how much are you really going to use it if stuck at home to service a job or other local commitments? When the "hassle factor" gets high, hours on the water get low.
 
Aug 1, 2011
3,494
Catalina 270 Wabamun - on the orange ball
Dave,
That's where the cost justification for a welder and a mill and the rest of the toys come into play so you an make all the junk you need to do it all by yourself. :)

Cheers
Gary
 
Jun 8, 2004
7,563
-na -NA Anywhere USA
In some ways your are correct but applications vary from boat to boat and the equipment that you have in order to do that. When I look at any boat, I can figure out what to do but again it will depend on the boat and equipment. What seperates me from most is the fact that was my livelihood for 35 years and I had manufacturers coming to me for advice. Not every boat can be handled by one person. So I go back to my theory that a truly trailerable sailboat is a boat that one person can raise/lower the mast, launch/retrieve and sail of course. That is all I am going to say on the issue
 
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Jan 22, 2008
17
Hunter 1997 Hunter 340 Pierre SD
We currently have a nice 36 foot Hunter Vision. Beautiful, comfortable boat. We have had her in a marina in the SF Bay for the last 8 years. We have done about everything there is to do twice in the bay and short distances up and down the coast. This boat is not a blue water cruiser, so going long distances up and down the coast is not doable from a safety and time perspective.

So we are thinking about trading down to a trailerable boat that we can take all over.

What is the largest trailerable boat that has all of the comforts that we are used to?

We will probably get a one ton diesel truck for trailering.

Thanks,
Mike
 
Jan 22, 2008
17
Hunter 1997 Hunter 340 Pierre SD
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I had a H340 on a trailer for 22 years and a friend has a Catalina 36 on a trailer. Just sold mine and it went 1,000 miles on the trailer to the new owner

It’s not so much a question of how big, but rather how much time do you want to spend prep it for s haul and recommissioning it.

In our setting, we may haul it a mile or two with the mast up but when you have to take the mast down, it really starts to take serious time.
 
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Aug 1, 2011
3,494
Catalina 270 Wabamun - on the orange ball
Nuthin’ wrong with that. It’s all about what you need to do.
 
Apr 8, 2013
196
Hunter 260 Nanaimo
Anything is trailerable.
You will be given choices like MEGA 30. etc..
To be a true trailer sailer the rig ( boat and sailboat) must be able to raise the mast without a crane and be ramp launch-able .
Then any body of water with a boat ramp is available.
That means the H260.
Many of us have done the same search.
 
Aug 1, 2011
3,494
Catalina 270 Wabamun - on the orange ball
Then any body of water with a boat ramp is available.
That means the H260.
Many of us have done the same search
To a point.
A water ballast boat is no longer on the table, and the 260 doesn't have large enough amenities for us. Then again, when this gets to be too much, something like a WP 19 might just be the ticket.
 
Apr 8, 2013
196
Hunter 260 Nanaimo
Trailerable sailboats are always by their nature a compromise.
The H260 has a reasonable sized enclosed head and a cockpit larger than most 30ft boats.
A Cal 270 is a nice boat but was never meant to be trailerable.can you raise the mast without a crane and how long and deep do you have to push your trailer into water to float it . ( most ramps are not that long and driving of the end into the mud is never fun)
 
Aug 1, 2011
3,494
Catalina 270 Wabamun - on the orange ball
I adapted all the things I learned with my 26c, yes I can rig myself and be ready in short order, save for tension, which I like to do right.
I need 4’, and have launched and retrieved for the last 4 years, much to the delight of the poor souls who have to line up for the crane.
 
Aug 1, 2011
3,494
Catalina 270 Wabamun - on the orange ball
Yessir. A 2 pole A frame, one set acts as a pivot point, and the other stops the mast from getting off center. There is a 6:1 set for hauling it up or down, it rigs up in about 5 minutes. This mast is about 32 feet, she’s not light at all, but it’s surprisingly easy.
The trailers been through 2 major revisions, and about a 1/2 dozen minor changes.
There’s a whole bunch of pictures on my Wordpress pages.
While this kind of thing isn’t for everybody, we don’t have a travel lift, and I’m not comfortable getting in line for a crane. That limits your options.