I've now been out with my Riviera about half a dozen times, and I feel the trailer I have is not optimal. I bought it as I needed something
last year that could have plates on it and the US trailer could not be registered here in Finland.
I have several issues with it.
It is a bit long (7.5 meters) for a 18 feet (5.7 meters) boat, so not very handy in my small yard.
The boat rides too high, I need to soak the tow car too!
The winch post is too short and the winch sucks.
It has not side way guides to help center the boat.
The bow/cut water support is prone to damage the wood if I'm not very careful.
The cross beams of the trailer can damage the keel it the trailer is not deep enough in the water or there are waves.
All in all, a lot of small issues that make retrieval of the boat a stress situation and could really turn in to a major issue if the conditions are bad.
So I'm sort of thinking that over the next winter I might try to improve the situation.
With that in mind, if there would no be any financial constrains, what would be an optimal/ultimate trailer for this boat?
Drawings, pictures anyone?
Any European sources (US made trailers are almost impossible to get into plates here in Europe)?