May 15, 1978
Suggested Trailer Specifications: (cont’d)
keel support - rollers, pad or platform to support keel. Keel must be lowered onto this
support once the boat has been loaded. The principle is that the bunks and rollers
support the hull and take its weight while the keel pad takes the keel weight.
nose wheel with winch or crank. Tongue weight should be 7% to 10% of gross
weight (420 - 600 lbs.). The nose wheel and winch are essential with this much
winch - 3,000 lbs. capacity with cable to winch boat onto trailer and hold it. Multi
speed winch makes the job easier.
tires - of adequate capacity, 8 ply or more recommended.
lighting system - to federal regulations.
fenders - to federal regulations and to protect boat.
Optional Trailer Equipment:
You may wish to consider the following to make trailering easier.
walk way down trailer - to keep your feet dry
bearing buddies - to ease bearing lubrication
waterproof lighting system - eases maintenance
galvanized steel - eases maintenance requirement
anodized aluminum - eases maintenance and adds to appearance
keel centering guides - can be rollers, wood or metal. Centers the keel and boat as it
steps - on the winch platform - ease boarding when on trailer
tongue extension - facilitates launching from shallow angle ramps
fenders - ease boarding and maintenance
storage box - for gear
brackets - to hold mast stepping A frame, rudder, etc.
lock - for hitch to prevent theft
electric trailer winch - eases recovery job
spare tire and carrier - always a good idea
trailer jack - for tire changing
tie-down straps - make the tie down job easier and neater