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Old 27 July 2019, 21:33   #1
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Small utility to SIB trailer conversion

After I've realized how much of a pain in the rear it's going to be to assemble my 3.3 m SIB at the launch, I'm looking at small utility trailers to haul my boat. What do people think about something like this?





It's 40" x 48" and costs about $380. It would clearly need a hitch extension. But what about building up that center section to lay the boat on? I was thinking just framing it up to the top of the wheel covers and then laying some scrap carpet down. I figure that should be enough to balance a small SIB (strapped down tightly of course) for a short and slow speed trip down to the marina. Once there I'd use the transom wheels to get it down to the water. Thoughts?
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Old 28 July 2019, 11:35   #2
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Yep lengthen the draw bar to Suit 4 uprights with bunks on top job done look in my threads new trailer for ideas I had one made Roy
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Old 28 July 2019, 12:17   #3
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Wouldnt it just be easier to buy a boat trailer in the first place? I can see the sense in altering if you already own a trailer but surely the time effort and money would equal the extra cost of buying the correct trailer in the first place
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Old 28 July 2019, 12:24   #4
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Wouldnt it just be easier to buy a boat trailer in the first place? I can see the sense in altering if you already own a trailer but surely the time effort and money would equal the extra cost of buying the correct trailer in the first place

A "proper" boat trailer is more than I want to spend right now, and I'd have nowhere to store it. I live in an HOA with no street parking and room for only one car in my driveway. A small trailer like this I could just turn on its side in the garage for storage.
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Old 28 July 2019, 12:53   #5
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At the start you said you had no room for a trailer so needed to daily setup. Have you tried this yet.. it may not be as bad as you think and save the trailer storage hassle??
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Yeah, that's what I said in one of my early threads on this boat, but then I realized how heavy it was and how much of a pain it was going to be to assemble at the marina, I realized a small trailer like this might be doable. I definitely don't have room for a full size boat trailer.
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But surely once converted to successfully and safely carry a boat then it will be as big and cumbersome as a boat trailer?
Just cos you convert a small trailer to carry a boat doesnt make it any smaller than a small boat trailer. I take the point about the cost but its likely the bits you have to buy to carry a boat mount up to close to what a boat trailer would cost.
Theres also the whole type approval thing (I assume you have something similar in the US) if your altering the structure it loses its type approval. I know its being pedantic but put it all together and a good used small boat trailer becomes more appealing. Presumably jet ski trailers are available in the us which are not far off the size for a sib
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If not traveling far what about a side loading roof rack for the boat
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But surely once converted to successfully and safely carry a boat then it will be as big and cumbersome as a boat trailer?
Just cos you convert a small trailer to carry a boat doesnt make it any smaller than a small boat trailer. I take the point about the cost but its likely the bits you have to buy to carry a boat mount up to close to what a boat trailer would cost.
Theres also the whole type approval thing (I assume you have something similar in the US) if your altering the structure it loses its type approval. I know its being pedantic but put it all together and a good used small boat trailer becomes more appealing. Presumably jet ski trailers are available in the us which are not far off the size for a sib

The cost and size are of equal importance, 50/50. I absolutely have no room for an 8' trailer, and I've not seen anything in the realm of a "proper" boat trailer less than that size. Cost wise, I can't find anything locally (even used) for less than $650.

I estimate the cost to upgrade this utility trailer to haul my SIB will be about $30 in lumber. Perhaps another $60 for a trailer tongue extension, if needed. I've gone ahead and ordered the original trailer I posted. Perhaps I'll post some photos of what it looks like after I fix it up for pulling my boat. Also, my state doesn't have a "type" approval/licensing thing. It doesn't matter whether the trailer hauls dirt, a boat, or a homemade camper. It's all determined by weight and how often it's used.
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Old 29 July 2019, 02:55   #10
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The modified trailer will need to be at least 8ft long to carry a 10ft boat & probably more if you want to trail with engine fitted and supported . If you don't have room for a custom built trailer how do you expect to store a modified trailer? it will be the same length!
I hear you can save a couple of hundred dollars but really don't think you've thought this through with the whole storage thing
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