BIGGEST trailable yacht

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Richard Atkin, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Stumble
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    Forgot One

    If the Hobie 33 is in the mix, you might also want to look at an Olson 30. They are very similar boats, but the Olson is a little easier to find (at least around here), and is slightly shorter, and about 400lbs lighter. The downside is it doesn't have a lifting keel. But then for me that just means one less thing to break. The advantage of being under the 4K lbs number is huge, since there are a lot of 2 tonn cranes around. That the Olson can use but the Hobie can't.

    You may also may want to look at some of the F-28. A very nice trailorable Tri that is easy to sail.

    There are also a few other options if you want a fast boat. Like the J-80, Melgus 32, 30, and 24. But they may be a bit more expensive than you are thinking.
  2. mr curious
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    mr curious gunkholer supreme

    but who can resist the rubenesk lines of this beautiful Falmouth cutter?

    :D :?:

  3. K4s
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    How about a NOLEX 30,Farr design,good sailing performance,will plane in the right conditions,not talking a storm just a reasonable amount of breeze.
    Fractional rig with self tacking head sails.Most have cocpit launching for the spinniker pole.
    Hydraulic lifting bulbed keel,deck stepped mast,pivoting rudder that gives the ability to back right up to the beach.
    Legall trailerable beam(for NZ...2.4m)
    Looks like around 70,000 NZ dollars for a reasonable second hand one.
    Around the eighty mark may even get you a boat with trailer.
    Fixed keel version is the Farr 940.
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  5. sal's Dad
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    sal's Dad Atkin/Bolger fan

    I am a bit late to this party, but have a suggestion:

    It's not in production, but the Bolger Insolent 60 seems to fit the criteria: 60' schooner, displacement 10,000 lbs, swing wing keel (beachable?), transport length 30', beam 8' (no permit for trailering).


    ;-) Sal's Dad
  6. PortTacker
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    Since you resurrected this old thread...

    There are literally hundreds of trailerable boats out there up to about 28' that would fill the bill, all you have to do is look around, they are common. (Most of the boats menitioned in this thread would not be suitable for 8 adults, even for daysailing...) An 8 to 8.5' beam 25-27 footer is a LOT of boat. There are quite a few boats similar to the Hobie 33 - Olson 30, Laser 28 etc, but bear in mind these are performance boats and accomodations are somewhat spartan, so consider your needs carefully.

    Legally trailerable (in the US) is 8.5' beam. 9.5' with permits, special restrictions etc.

    That said, I nearly bought this boat about 3 years ago - it's the largest legally trailerable without permits boat I've ever heard of - a Cape Bay Fast 40. 40' long but it's only 8' wide. Keel retracts for trailering. And even at 40' the interior is still a bit cramped...

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  7. sal's Dad
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    sal's Dad Atkin/Bolger fan

    Nice looking boat, but I don't see how you'd get that mast up, even with a couple helpers!

    I keep hoping an Insolent will get built - a sixty footer, driving up to a fancy yacht harbor on a trailer, launched at the public ramp, and an hour later blowing the socks off the local fleet...
  8. mattotoole
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    A lof of boats like the J24 and S2 7.9 are over the legal max beam but everyone ignores it. I've never known anyone to bother with a permit, or be cited for not having one.

    Unfortunately this has led to designers ignoring the 8.5' limit, so now we have all these boats that are technically illegal. Someday there will be a crackdown.
  9. kb1one
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    Saudi Pocket Cruiser

    Tire inflation duties go to the driver as part of the pretrip inspection. Obviously a lot of sleep is lost to that chore, since it would best be done overnight, to save daylight for the actual driving. It is most likely not a 'paying chore', but the oversize pay might compensate for it. I would just be glad that they didn't want me to tarp it, too! (I'd nee an chase truck just to carry the spare bungie cords!)
  10. Steve W
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    I just stumbled on this thread and was supprised that nobody has suggested the C&C Mega 30, it is legal trailable width, a drop keel which raises with an electric winch,ramp launches,an easy to handle fractional rig and they are reasonably priced.Obviously they need a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup to tow them,they are a little strange stylewise(i like that)not as fast as the Hobie but no slug,about 138 phrf.
  11. Boston

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    actually having spent years in construction Im positive I can get a 12'x12'x? down the road
    yes I need permits and a double drop trailer but it is within the limits of the highway system
    over 12' you get into moving lights and **** like that
    but under you will get a pathway permit by the highway dep to any destination from any destination
    you can actually go over in width
    but not in height
    its pricey but it can be done
    gets dam pricey if your over 12' high

  12. SeawayVolcano
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    Another alternative is this one:

    The first two mentioned, Ross 780 and Ross 830 are a more conventional size, but the page is about the Airwave 9.9. 32ft of "real" trailer sailer.

    Scroll down the page for lots of pictures and some interior shots.

    These are built by an acquaintance of mine, who wanted a maxi trailable for his own use and found a few other people also wanted one.


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