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Old 05-11-2003, 07:07 AM
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I always kept my boat in the water. But needed to pull it once a month for a good clean!
If you trailer your boat - do you notice any problems with road debris? nicks or chips in the gelcoat?
what other problems trailering?
I'm just worried about damaging the boat.
anyone had any problems?
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Old 05-11-2003, 08:49 AM
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My Formula has thousands of miles on the trailer with no noticable damage. One friend of mine did suffer a cracked windshield
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Bouy,
What size/weight is your Boat?
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You will be able to keep your boat much much nicer on the trailer then when it was in the water no matter how many miles you trailer.
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I've got a 25' Baja - 1986.
I was just asking because everyone here seems to trailer alot - and long distances. Does anyone have damage due to the road trip?
I've seen pictures of incredible paint jobs and hours of work into the boat. It'd be a shame to haul for 500 miles and arrive to find the boat damaged by road debris.
We all spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to get our boats to what they are. Just worried about tearing it up on the road.
The thread was up recently about trailering with the cockpit cover on or off - just made me think about the running surface.

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I trailer all the time. Only once can I remember having any damage from the road. Picked up a stone in a construction zone left a very small chip on the hull. I was able to wetsand it out and polish it.
I did, however, run over a dead deer that was spread out over a 1/4 mile coming back from Florida. Needless to say I had to find a hose and bucket when I got home. YUCK !!
Had a boat we left in the water and pulled out every now and again. Major hull damage due to blistering, corrosion, electrolysis and water intrusion. Cost us $10K plus to get it repaired.
Plus it provides more opportunities to see different boating places.

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BH, I trailer 200 miles round trip every weekend to get to Erie with no damage yet, I have very open tread offroad tires on my truck, so I am going to install one of those full width stone (skirts) like the ones used on RVs to stop any (thrown stones) from my tires.
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LOL Race Boats seem to fair pretty well being towed everywhere.
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Make sure your trailer has full fenders, as far down as at least the frame of the trailer. My boat came with fenders that just had a top to them, and allowed road grit and grime to fly off the trailer tires and onto the bottom of the boat. Make sure you have a trailer that is set up correctly for your boat. It will go on and off much easier. Invest in a set of mudflaps for your truck. It keeps the grime and chips off the front of the boat in a dramatic fashion.

( www.mudflaps.com is the one I bought)
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