Originally Posted by MD2Colo
My only thing is that I would like to avoid using a trailer to transport a raft. Some of the trails around Colorado are definitely not trailer-friendly but necessary to take in order to get to those awesome fishing spots...
Not using a trailer means boo-koo time to set up and tear down the raft, a much more tedious task with a 17 footer vs a 14 footer...
What sort of 4x4 set up are you using I on the trails? If you are using a full size pick up and find you will probably have plenty of cargo space for boat, motor, fuel, accessories and & gear. A smaller pick up or SUV might not be enough, and you might not want gas fumes within the cab area.
In that case, you might want to consider a short, large tired, 4x4 trailer and keep the disassembled boat, motor & fuel in it. You could adapt it to drastically speed up the assembly process and greatly reduce the amount of heavy lifting that would be required in the process.
I have had a friend who is an excellent welder fabricator (does a lot of custom stuff for 4x4 folk) do some custom reinforcing of my trailer to protect both the trailer and boat when it is bashed against rocks and trees. Being full length, the trailer is obviously too long to pull over hard core 4x4 trails, but it is up to the task of what my Nissan Safari (similar to a Landcruiser Wagon) with 32" tires (open lockers) is capable of.