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RL24 trailer- a brag
Just got back from a fine time cruising Port Stephens & the Myall Lakes. What a fantastic spot - 3 weeks of sailing & thin water exploring!
The site comes up with queries about sourcing trailers from time to time so i thought I affirm that is possible to build your own and get a reliable good handling result - cost me about $2200 to build & three weekends on & off between surfs.
The trip up & back fro Victoria enabled me to road test the new trailer I built to replace a gruesome tandem that had done one too many trips to the Whitsundays.It had a nasty habit of taking chunks out of the boat! I went off the websites single axle "preportions" but worked in a lot of new features (on a budget): all quad multirollers -even along the keel - on stainless steel carriers!, 16 ford wheels to match the Xtrail stud pattern with road/4WD tyres for sandy spots and a bit more floatation on the sand, spare wheel bearings and hub that can be inverted as a giant jockey wheel for beach launches with a tow rope, longish draw bar so we can open the car tailgate with the boat on & better stability, Mechanical disk brakes, electronic rust protection & an auxilary battery...even went the $70 12v chinese winch which seems to deal with the light weight RL easily (touch wood). Built it out of 100x100( drawbar) & 100x50 gal tube with 40mm waterpipe cross members> the wheels aux batt and winch are heavy( watching for 3 nice 16 inch ford mags) but it weighs in unloaded at under 400kgs. the tube is all sealed no water goes in. Painted all the joins with cold gal though I'd probably fully gal the next one foraround $400. Tows really well- you dont need a tandem to have a safe tidy reliable package!, 110-100 easy behind the 4cyl Nissan Xtrail...all loaded for cruising it was 1520kg, : boat 800, trailer 400 gear water fuel food 300. Xtrail weight about 1600-1700 fuelled up with a family & some gear. Down force on the towbar around 100kg. Two wheels is easier to tow than four and steering it into tight spots is much better. I can push the whole thing round the yard with the larger diam. wheels easily. Its stable at speed and a nasty cross wind on the trip home was not a worry. Incorporated a tilt for shallow launching too...
wayne Hill18-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
Re: RL24 trailer- a brag
Don't just talk about it: attach pictures and plans!
mike19-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
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I agree show us the goods
Dave19-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
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Excellent. bloody excellent.

Greg (INMA)
Greg 19-Oct-2004    Edit    Delete 
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Finally got to take those photos
wayne Hill8-Feb-2005    Edit    Delete 
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wayne hill8-Feb-2005    Edit    Delete 
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and another, when trailing we keep the cheapo winch in the fibreglass/wooden box & hold it in place on the trailer with a single big wing nut when in use
wayne hill8-Feb-2005    Edit    Delete 
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Last one, yep its still going well ...our record is off the trailer, car parked, and sails up and under way in 18 minutes, retrieve seems to always take about 25 mins ( tired & happy?)
I haven't really drawn proper plans but if any one really needs them I could get a draftsman friend to do some.
wayne hill8-Feb-2005    Edit    Delete 

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