Originally Posted by beamishken
Chances of getting stopped are probably slim to none if it looks ok it will only become an issue if there is an accident & even then unless its fatal unlikely to be checked.
Chances of getting stopped are not zero, but of the person stopping you knowing the rules is fairly low. Iíd say it wouldnít need to be a fatal accident to get a bit of a curious look by a traffic cop though - and if your boat is sitting on its side on the hard shoulder he has plenty of opportunity to take pictures and follow up with an expert before throwing the book at you.
With any routine stop the prospects of getting serious scrutiny depend not only on how dodgy or otherwise the load looks but also how you respond. Some people seem to be able to talk themselves into a charge and others talk themselves out of one!
I donít know of anything stopping you adding bunks to a trailer (provided done sensibly so no dangerous pointy bits, or pushing the weight over limits etc). Iím sure itís possible to add a longer nose/tongue to the trailer and not raise questions but thatís a significant structural part and would I am sure technically require you to resubmit the vehicle for inspection. Note you donít need to do type approval (that would be expensive and complex) you would just be asking for individual vehicle approval (IVA). If you donít need it (or decide to run under the radar) you can access the requirements documents on line and then check your modifications would pass; that would seem like a good way to stop it looking worthy of inspection if you pass a clued up cop.