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Old 09-04-2019, 01:43 PM
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Got this quote for Trailer Depot in Miami, FL. I told them I wanted entry level as it will only be used for hurricanes. Just wondering if this is a good deal / choice for my boat + desired use (hurricane haul out). Anything I should be asking for specifically?

Boat specs:
SPECIFICATIONS
L.O.A………………………………………23’7” (7.086m)
BEAM………………………………………8’5” (2.51m)
DRAFT – HULL………………….……….15” (0.38m)
DEADRISE…………………………………19
FUEL CAPACITY…………………………90 GALS. (340.8L)
WIEGHT – HULL()…………………….2750LBS. (1247kg)
WEIGHT – TRAILER ()………………..4500 LBS. (2041 kg)
COCKPIT AREA…………………………..92 SQ.FT. (28.04ฒ)
COCKPIT DEPTH………………………….27” (0.69m)
BRIDGE CLEARANCE……………………5’10” (1.78m)
W/TOP…………………………………..8”0” (2.44m)
MAX. HP……………………………………225 (167.78kw)
BAITWELL CAPACITY…………………..25 GAL. (95.63L)
CASTING DECK BOX CAPACITY………27 GALS. (102.2L)

Hello

We can Help. New Continental A2260 comes standard with torsion axles, led lights and ss hardware. I would normally recommend a A2460 so the wood bunk does not hang over but in this case your looking for entry level.

$3095.00 + Tax

5-7 days to build and will be made for your hull.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Old 09-04-2019, 02:28 PM
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Where are you? Quote is from Miami. Loadmaster in Tampa is another option. Mine was $2,200 for Aluminum I-Beam with torsion axles for 16' boat.
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My suggestion is don’t go too cheap, like skimp on hardware or springs, even though you wont use it often, you want it to work when needed and not have to worry about corroded parts that will fail, etc. Wash it occasionally and keep it out of the sun if possible, roll the tires so they wont have flat spots and keep the bearings greased. Spray all galvanized parts with corrosion X or similar, etc.
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Thanks. I'm in Miami area and this place was recommended by others on this forum.
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That sounds more or less right - but probably has no brakes? They also didn't really spec out "entry level" except to make it a little smaller than they should have which seems like a funny way to cut costs. If you're going this route make sure you're really not planning on any road use for it. (how far are you from your ramp?) I would think the "recommended" 2460 would only be a couple hundred bucks more and might be a better choice. I'm pretty sure I had either the same or the 2460 trailer on my 23 sport when I ordered it from pro-line and at the time I remember thinking they skimped just a little bit on it.

If it is just to be used a couple of times a year - I would be inclined to go without brakes as well. And I do think that while more expensive, torsion axles are a million times better than leaf springs.

I'd tell you to buy used but it can be a real challenge to find a good used aluminum trailer and you typically end up spending $500 fixing it up.

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I read that brakes are mandatory over 3,000 lbs in FL. I will have to double check. Thanks.
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I would agree to not have brakes if you can avoid them, just a problem especially when they sit around for long periods.
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If it's Trailer Depot of Miami and you are dealing with Joe, I would trust him. And if he says you need the A2460 I'd consider it.

I'd recommend some upgrades though - Radial Tires, a spare with a mount, and I'd consider getting DeeMaxx brakes as they will hold up far better than the Tie-Down stuff Continental puts on their trailers.
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I doubt they could legally sell a trailer in Florida with more than 3000lb GWR without some form of brakes on all axles. Tiedown disc brakes still suck.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
I doubt they could legally sell a trailer in Florida with more than 3000lb GWR without some form of brakes on all axles. Tiedown disc brakes still suck.
It happens all the time. The trailer is stamped for 2999 even though it can obviously handle a lot more.
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Boat Trailer Rentals Boat Trailer Sales Deerfield Beach FL, we offer our customers a complete one stop experience for their boating needs.

Get a price from these guys, as they beat everyone else on an aluminum Continental for my 21' cc, same setup tandem torsion, stainless hardware and led lights.
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Brakes make a huge difference on a boat trailer, well worth it even if it’s just under 3k.
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No brakes... i think that it is a foolish choice to not have them.

Yours and others lives are worth way more than the upgrade price of the brakes and the legal issues that could arise if you cant stop abruptley.

Its a small price for piece of mind.

Since you only use it to haul out in an emergency, clean and treat the brake hardware to extend the life of those components

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