Largest realistic trailer sailor?

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  1. Quidnic
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    What is the largest realistic trailable sailboat?

    there are a few 26’ers like this bay cruiser 26



    are there any larger boats that can be trailed on the road?
     

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  2. NomadOmad
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    There boats even larger but can’t be trailing so easily
     
  3. TANSL
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    This probably not only depends on the size of the boat but also on the applicable regulations in each country.
     
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    Hobie 33 is the largest series production boat I know of.
     
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  6. Barry
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    MacGregor, built under a different name now has a retractable keel to make trailering easy as well as an outboard motor well that with the correct motor will push the boat to cruising speeds of 24 knots
     
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    As TANSL said it depends on the local regulations. Also depends on the tow vehicle capabilities, driver license limitations, etc. Other factors are the limitations of available launch facilities and ramps, whether the boat needs to able to rigged without using outside facilities, and how much rigging time is acceptable.
     
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    the Clipper Marine 32 was trailerable. As far as practicality goes, a lot depends on parking. Where are you going to leave the truck and trailer for a week? If you want to day sail or weekend sail leaving your truck and trailer at a ramp, much over 23' monohull gets to be a lot of work setting up, taking apart, and then putting to bed back home. The MacGregor 25 and 26 were among the best selling big trailer sailers. The Farrier - Corsair Marine F 31 trimaran was trailerable.
     
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    Below not the largest, but not small either, posted here as another example of partly water ballast to lighten trailer weight, like on the mentioned MacGregor's in post #6 and #8.

    Selway Fisher Hummingbird LOD 30' (9.14 m)

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    ‘‘ LOA 30’0’’; LWL 24’8’’; Beam 9’0’’; Draft min. 2’0’’; Draft max. 5’8’’; Displ. 6933 lbs.; Ballast 2778 lbs. Construction is ply bottom and sides with moulded ply round bilge. Originally conceived for the Yachting World design competition, this design uses the same water ballast tank system as the Highlander 18 making her 360 kg lighter for trailing. Her main ballast is a fixed ply box keel filled with iron scrap and concrete. Instead of a single heavy lifting keel, she has a pair of bilge boards (or alternatively a pair of bilge keels). ’’ More specs, also metric, on the linked page.
     
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    As said above it's your local regulations, which I understand varies from state to state in the USA.. and the other consideration ...your budget .

    Yesterday a 70ft by 15Ft boat (new Oyster) went down the road I drive to work on.. mind you that requires an artic lorry , leading and trailing warning Vehicles and a police escort..

    As for what you can tow in the UK, behind a large 4X4 and no additional licences, permits and escorts.. it's about 27ft long 8ft wide.. max all up weight 3.5 tons including trailer
     
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  12. NomadOmad
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    I’m in the UK

    I think 26’ is the largest realistic for my area
     
  13. brendan gardam
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    that is a nice boat. sails at a good clip too.
     
  14. philSweet
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    One more for the road ...

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    Seaward 26RK: Highlights and Specs


    The Seaward 26RK is set apart from others in her size and class by her spacious and open cabin, effective use of space and superb performance capabilities. Like all Seawards, the 26RK offers an adjustable keel and rudder. You can adjust the keel from the cockpit to suit water depth as shallow as 18 inches yet be extremely capable offshore. Clean underbody and high-aspect foils assure high levels of performance on all points of sail. Freedom to SAIL WITHOUT BOUNDARIES in style and comfort!

    LOA | LOD | LWL: 28’5″ | 25’5″ | 24’8″
    Beam: 8’4″
    Mast Height: 33’0″
    Draft Range: 15″-6′
    Displacement: 3,800 lbs
    Towing Weight: 6,000 lbs
    Ballast: 1,200 lbs
    Sail Area: 280 sq ft
    Fuel | Water | Waste: 7 gal | 20 gal | 20 gal

    Seaward 26RK | S&J Yachts https://sjyachts.com/new-yachts/seaward-yachts/seaward-26rk/#:~:text=Seaward%2026RK%3A%20Highlights%20and%20Specs&text=Like%20all%20Seawards%2C%20the%2026RK,on%20all%20points%20of%20sail.
     
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  15. Tiny Turnip
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    I'd suggest that the ease and frequency of launch and recovery are critical factors. As a one off it is possible to road transport quite large vessels. If you are launching/recovering frequently, that is a very different matter. Trailer maintenance becomes a very big issue. Ability of towing vehicle on a launch ramp. When I bought a boat 2 people could lift off the trailer, rig on the shore and launch, my previous only 5m 600kg trailer launch boat never went sailing, as launch and recovery were so much more involved, so I sold it. If you are road transporting day once a season, then launch is no biggie in comparison.
     
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