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Old 10-08-2018, 04:11 AM
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I know that this may be a dumb question, but here I go
Are all large boat trailers the same width?
I am getting a larger boat that will be 9' 6" or 10' wide and have an opening that is 10' 9"
my last boat had a 8' 9" beam and it the trailer fenders were approximately 9'

so I am trying to figure if the boat will hang over the fenders or if the trailers will be wider
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:45 PM
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It really just depends on the design of the boat. I had a very custom trailer made for our cabin cruiser. The trailer is 10’ wide in order to get the boat as low as possible. I have to remove the radar and pedestal and even with the wide trailer, I’m right at 13’6”. The beam of the boat is 10’11” at the rub rail, so it is wider than the trailer, but down by the chine over the wheel fenders, it is just slightly narrower.
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:39 PM
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My last boat was a 8.5 ft wide cigarette boat and I purposefully had a 9.3 ft wide trailer built for it. If I ever cut a corner too tight I wanted the trailer to take the hit....not the hull.
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You don’t give much info to go on.
Boat length? Boat weight?
My Monterey is 31’ long, 10’6 wide, and 10,700lbs dry.
I ordered a new trailer for the boat, told them make and model of the boat, how many axles I wanted, EOH brakes on all axles, and left the rest to them. The trailer is probably 9’6 wide and works well with this fairly high boat (13’6 on the trailer).
You can go wider if you want to but it’s not necessary. It also depends on how much you tow. If you tow an aweful lot, go a little more heavy duty.
One of your more important issues is getting good tires. There is a recent thread on this. Trailer tires are inherently cheap and of poor quality. Get good tires (like Hercules) and thank me later.
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:06 AM
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Thanks for your replies
I have not picked a boat yet
looking at Intrepid, Jupiter, Regulator SeaVee somewhere in the 30 to 32 foot range
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:02 PM
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All of my trailers are 8’10 wide beacaue that’s what you get with 7k axles. I wouldnt want a wider trailer because it would hit curbs and need permits to tow around empty. I regurlaly tow 12’ wide and wiser boats and imho, there’s no need for a wider trailer.

I am building a new 45’, 30k lb gvwr trailer. It will be 8’10 wide too.
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Originally Posted by harley'sboat View Post
Thanks for your replies
I have not picked a boat yet
looking at Intrepid, Jupiter, Regulator SeaVee somewhere in the 30 to 32 foot range
I mean no offense but those aren’t big boats to trailer. Most of those boats would fit on a double axle 14k trailer with g rated tires. A triple 5200 axle trailer will have crappy 15” wheels and should be avoided at all costs.
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:26 PM
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It really just depends on the design of the boat. I had a very custom trailer made for our cabin cruiser. The trailer is 10’ wide in order to get the boat as low as possible. I have to remove the radar and pedestal and even with the wide trailer, I’m right at 13’6”. The beam of the boat is 10’11” at the rub rail, so it is wider than the trailer, but down by the chine over the wheel fenders, it is just slightly narrower.
This is the only good reason I could think of to have a wide trailer.
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
All of my trailers are 8’10 wide beacaue that’s what you get with 7k axles. I wouldnt want a wider trailer because it would hit curbs and need permits to tow around empty. I regurlaly tow 12’ wide and wiser boats and imho, there’s no need for a wider trailer.

I am building a new 45’, 30k lb gvwr trailer. It will be 8’10 wide too.
Depending on the boat, if you want to be at 13'6" overall height then you would want to go wider. I have no issues with my 10' wide trailer.
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I would need a permit to drive a 10’ wide trailer empty. I couldn’t drive it at night or even on weekends in most places.
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I would need a permit to drive a 10’ wide trailer empty. I couldn’t drive it at night or even on weekends in most places.
I think someone who wants a trailer for his personal boat won’t drive it empty. I know i never have.
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I think someone who wants a trailer for his personal boat won’t drive it empty. I know i never have.
I have to drive with mine empty after I put the boat in, and again on the way to pull it out.
I have an 8'6 trailer for a 10' beam boat (formula 330ss) and it's no problem at all. Then you can drive at night/whenever with the trailer empty.
It certainly depends on the type of use you plan on.

Also I can vouch for seeing an 11'6 wide boat on Cajflynn's trailer, it fit just fine!
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Originally Posted by berrie View Post

I think someone who wants a trailer for his personal boat won’t drive it empty. I know i never have.
Every time I put the boat in the water the trailer goes home empty..... and then going back to get it the trailer is empty....
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We took delivery of our Monterey 335 in June and I’ve towed it 4,000 miles in 7 different states so far. I had permits for all states and did most of the driving on weekends and at night. Passed every weigh station and god knows how many cops/ DOT cops. They do not care about not for hire people towing their own boats. I have all the proper signs and flags and permits just in case, but I’ve not been bothered yet. Even on the 1200 mile trip from florida where we took delivery back to a Indiana where we live. That entire trip was on a weekend and most of it was through the night.

Also, you get your permit for your truck, not your load. I do annual permits in the states I travel most (Indiana and KY) and am good with the boat, with just the trailer, or with any other wide load. As long as it is towed with my truck, the load/ trailer doesn’t matter. Permits are done with your truck’s VIN and license plate.
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All of this being said, the only reason to go wider on the trailer is to get your overall height to 13’6” or lower. If your boat isn’t at risk of being above that, go with a normal 8’6” trailer. At least that way on narrow roads, you can still get over further and let the boat hang over the edge of the road. Can’t do that with a wide trailer. If I could have my boat at 13’6” and be on an 8’6” wide trailer, I would have gone that route.

On on another note, regarding wheels and tires, get 17.5” wheels and commercial tires. The tires and wheels on my myco are 125psi and rated at 6,005 lbs each (J rated).
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Every time I put the boat in the water the trailer goes home empty..... and then going back to get it the trailer is empty....
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Also, you get your permit for your truck, not your load. I do annual permits in the states I travel most (Indiana and KY) and am good with the boat, with just the trailer, or with any other wide load. As long as it is towed with my truck, the load/ trailer doesn’t matter. Permits are done with your truck’s VIN and license plate.
Every state has their own rules for annual permits and some stress don’t have them at all. GA and FL annuals are not vin restricted. SC, NC, VA and MD are. The Midwest is much more relaxed to these types of things as well.

That myco trailer is a really great looking trailer. I love the Alcoa Wheels.
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