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.
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.
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.
|AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN|
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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