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Old 03-06-2006, 09:06 PM
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I'm looking very hard at a 34' yellowfin, but will be trailering this boat alot. I'm not worried about having enough truck to pull it, I believe the Duramax can handle it. But at 10' wide I'm a little worried about pulling it around. Obtaining permits would not be a problem but exactly how wide are the roads? Interstate? secondary? Any other boats I should look at?
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:54 PM
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Billday-I have spent years towing a 10' beam boat and it is not much of a burden. I have also only taken wide load permits when I brought the boat home from Florida to Minnesota and when driving through Wisconsin. Interstates are no less that 12'. I have never had to go out of my way to get to the lake of my choice due to the size of my rig as of yet. I would be more concerned about the quality of trailer you are using. I have been using Mycos for ten years and they make the pull easy. I am personally not a fan of aluminun I-beam trailers.
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Great boat and trailering is not a problem. We had a 35 Contender with a 10' beam and have a 34 Sea Vee now with a 10' beam. We trailer both boats wherever we go and it is not a problem. I agree that a good trailer makes all the difference. We had a Performance on the contender and the sea vee came with a Extreme, but neither trailer comes close to the 18K Boatmaster that the Sea Vee has now. Be sure to get an overrated trailer and most importantly get one that fits right. It may sound obvious but our performance never did fit the boat right and it made launching and retreiving a royal PITA. Good Luck, you'll like the beam when you get on the water. Also our biggest problem was low branches hitting the radar, not narrow roads.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:38 PM
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thanks for the advice. Spearfish and Jevans what are the weights of yalls boats, and what were you towing with?
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We also have a BoatMaster custom trailer for our 32' Boston Whaler...thesetrailers are bullet proof. www.boat-trailers.com Our rig loaded weighs about 15,500# loaded,with a trailer weight of 2900#. We have the trailer with triple 5800# axles with torsion suspension. I think electric over hydraulic brakes are a must also. The Duramax will be fine if it's a dually!







jevans... "I am personally not a fan of aluminun I-beam trailers." Why, too much flex? Thanks

Often a trailer mfg. will use the axles as part of the frame structure. You'll note BoatMaster does not do this. Note the four supports for each bunk that set on the top of the I-beam. Also there is only one load point for the keel, this prevents the boat from rocking for and aft.
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:15 PM
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The trailer that comes with the Yellowfin is a Loadmaster, it also has the same electric/hydraulic brakes. It is a heavy duty trailer that does a fine job.

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Both boats are 12-13K plus trailer, and I use a 15K hitch to be safe. Both boats have been towed with a 96 powerstroke f250, 01 GMC HD, and a 04 F350 powerstroke. As long as you have a 3/4 to 1 ton truck you are fine. I am sorry I do not have exact weights for the boats, but those are my best educated guess.
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I tow a 35 Marlago around on a triple axle Loadmaster trailer. This boat is rather light around 10,000. I used to pull it with a 1500 Dodge Ram with a 305. It was a little much for that truck. I recently got the 2500 with the Cummins diesel. Its like the boat isn't even there. Any of the big three trucks (dodge, chevy, ford) with a diesel would be fine.
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WOW mumbler, that is one of the nicest trailers I have ever seen. I don't know why more trailers don't have those brakes.

AS far as the original question. I have a buddy who is towing a 10 foot beam boat that is extremely heavy. He also has a duramax 2500. The truck tows it beautifully. The only time we ever get a little nervous is when were on a bridge or a road that has jersey barriers during like construction. Its kind of scary when you have jersey barriers on both sides and there is like inches from each tire.

Also the 34 yellowfin is one bad boat. Are you looking at a new one and if so what kind of power?
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hey mumbler I just notioced notches cut in the bunks toward the rear. What is that for?
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The only time we ever get a little nervous is when were on a bridge or a road that has jersey barriers during like construction. Its kind of scary when you have jersey barriers on both sides and there is like inches from each tire.
Pucker Factor is at 10 in those conditions. Man I hate the constructions zones.

GREAT LOOKING TRAILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The only time we ever get a little nervous is when were on a bridge or a road that has jersey barriers during like construction. Its kind of scary when you have jersey barriers on both sides and there is like inches from each tire.
Pucker Factor is at 10 in those conditions. Man I hate the constructions zones.

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I know you have been in that situation. Its even worse when your on a bridge.
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hey mumbler I just notioced notches cut in the bunks toward the rear. What is that for?
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I believe the notches are for slings for loading and unloading with a travel lift or forklift.
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I was pulling 12,000 with a Chevy 1-ton with a 454.
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Mumblerone- C channel is stronger, may it be aluminum or steel. I have seen a few I beam aluminum trailers that had cross members pulling out. I feel a welded trailer is the better option and will keep a stiffer platform for the hull. That being said, Boat Master and Ownes would be my choice if I beam aluminum was called for. I would not have a aluminum I beam trailer that did not have the bunks on top of the beam. Boat Master does a huge business with the goverment.
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JKelly31...got it right. For the slings on the Travel Lift.

jevans...thanks, good points!
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jevans - 3/8/2006 6:52 PM That being said, Boat Master and Ownes would be my choice if I beam aluminum was called for. I would not have a aluminum I beam trailer that did not have the bunks on top of the beam. Boat Master does a huge business with the goverment.
I have delivered a lot of boats sitting on both BoatMaster and Owens trailers, and comparing them is like comparing a Cadillac and a Chevrolet. They will both do the same thing, but if you want a Caddy, then BoatMaster is your trailer.
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I have a 36 Yellowfin and pull it all over the country in a 2002 Duramax 2500HD. It sometimes gets a little hairy around semis but I generaly pull 75-80 mph no problem. Good luck, you will love that boat.
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I believe the notches are for slings for loading and unloading with a travel lift or forklift.
Didn't realize the trailer was for your Whaler....thought we were talking about Yellowfins anyway, nice little feature.
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