Originally Posted by redhed
OK, obviously I am more
than capable of asking a DUMB question about trailers. The real poser is - do I deserve an answer?
We are looking at buying our first RIB (well, OK, DH has sanctioned the RIB and I am doing the looking because if I left it to him we'd just buy the first one he saw - though tbh I can't guarantee my method is much more scientific...) and one of the things seriously limiting choice is that the whole thing (ie on the trailer with the outboard in situ) has to fit in the garage. The garage is about 6m long and though I've talked to a couple of dealers about this "total length" ie if you flogged me the whole setup inc wheels, would it fit in the damn garage
- they've been charmingly vague about it.
I get the impression that "can I fit it in the damn garage" is an unreasonable question.
Seems a perfectly reasonable question to me. If 9d280 doesn't appear here soon then PM him - he has a spreadsheet listing most of the common brands and what will/will not fit in a standard garage!
Presumably all trailers are not created equal, ie they come in different lengths. Am I being dumb in thinking it's just a question of finding the shortest one that the boat fits on comfortably & safely, and so it's more a matter of whether the trailer fits in the garage than the boat? Or is there some functional complicatedness that I'm missing which means you need a trailer precisely 1.27432 times the length of the boat ... unless you are going over 60 on the northbound carriageway of a motorway on a rainy night - in which case you add the length of the left arm of your youngest child, multiply by the julian date of the vernal equinox and then subtract the number you first thought of?
Firstly remember its not just length - but width of the trailer (which may be wider than the boat, eh Kerny!).
Here is why I think you have a problem:
(1) there isn't even a standard on how people market ribs - so a 5.4m boat might be 5.4 from bow to the back of the tubes or bow to transom etc.
(2) normally the bow "post" on the trailer is further back than the tube.
(3) normally the tubes at the back overhang the trailer. often (not ideally) the transom does too.
(4) trailers are predominantly sold on weight rather than load length
(5) usually there is scope for moving the winch post, rollers etc forward to move the whole boat forward from the factory standard position.
Personally I think letting the size of your garage force you into a particular package is crazy. Find the right boat then work out what options exist for trailers and then if it wont fit decide if it would be better stored elsewhere.