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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Single Axle Trailer or Teeter-Totter?

One of the cool things about being a member of a sailing club is the sailboats and owners of same spending weekends together working on their boats.  After HideAway acquired her trailer, her capt, that would be me, has a fine view of such endeavors from her deck.  

A yell followed by loud crash brought me up the forward hatch to see a Catalina 22 bow reaching high into the air as her owner hung from her transom in an unsuccessful attempt to slow the boats' return to sea level. The single axle trailer usually had concrete blocks to prevent the teeter totter effect but something went awry.  Neither the capt nor the equipment suffered any injury more serious than embarrassment.


 Concrete blocks are made to support things that cannot move, like house foundations, the blocks are not the best choice for things that often do, such as single axle boat trailers.    Concrete blocks are strongest when the two holes vertically support the load on its exterior walls, rather than horizontal as above. Not to mention their weight.  Using concrete blocks is an accident waiting to happen.
 Other than finding a double axle trailer, that doubles the fun, auto jack stands are popular.  I often use jack stands when working on my trailer.  While they don’t move easily with a load on them, I would hesitate to employ them to steady the trailer while I’m on the boat for fear that my movements may knock them over.

I'm much too old to be  riding a nautical teeter-totter

Auto Jack Stands Help

Today I noticed that I have a new slip neighbor. A 22 Capri sitting on a single axle trailer.  I haven’t met the owner yet, but he has come up with a interesting solution to the teeter totter problem. 
Folding Trailer Tongue Jack 

Folding Trailer Tongue Jack

Since the tongue jacks stay attached to the trailer you don’t have to be concerned knocking one over as you move about the boat.  The jack stand features a swivel to allow trailering. It might be better to have a jack with a flat foot rather than the wheel since you really can't move boats of this weight around much.
Looks like a winner and it's less costly than a second axle.  Such a deal!
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