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Advice on trailer purchase

Post by alanschilk » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:21 am

Would welcome advice/recommendations on selecting a trailer for 1951 CC Sportsman Utility (17’). What to look for, what to avoid, etc. Much appreciated.

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Re: Advice on trailer purchase

Post by mbigpops » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:10 am

Check your state law for brakes and comply. LED lights. Extra tall bow stop. Mine is aluminum and galvanized. Never will have paint issues. Bearing buddies.

Mark
1953 CC Rocket Runabout "Rocket Man"

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Re: Advice on trailer purchase

Post by Bilge Rat » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:10 am

I used to own one (a 1955) and trailed it with a single axle with no trailer brakes. For the size and weight, this was legal in my state. You definitely want a bunk type trailer with bunks under the engine stringers and maybe ones further out toward the chines. Some support at the forward part of the keel without applying too much upward stress is a good thing too. Some side guides that are removable help when retrieving the boat to keep it centered.

For the big Lyman I use a tandem axle with surge brakes. It is also an aluminum trailer and after customizing the supports and guides, it performs very well on the road and launching/retrieving. The Chris Craft isn't currently water or road ready just yet so no trailer needed.
1966 Lyman Cruisette 25 foot "Serenity Now!"
1953 Chris Craft Sportsman 22 foot "Summerwind"

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Re: Advice on trailer purchase

Post by steve bunda » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:39 pm

We have been working with Phoenix Trailers for many years and they custom build to order. I am putting a spring order in now and can quote you a new 4 bunk trailer if you PM me. see phoenixtrail.com for pictures. my email is [email protected]

thanks, steve

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Re: Advice on trailer purchase

Post by George Emmanuel » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:39 pm

The trailer that was under my '55 17 Sportsman when I bought it was for a Malibu Custom ski boat. The previous owner probably bought the trailer just to get the boat to Florida. It has 6 bunks on it but like all custom trailers. it was designed to fit a particular hull. The boat fit pretty good but I wanted it make sure support was all around good. So before I installed the engine I placed new boards without the carpet on them on the supports and used 2 hoists to raise and lower the boat. I measured the space (gaps) and made shims to fill the gaps under the boards. After checking for fit, I then installed the carpet. Now it is fully supported its entire length. I see a lot of inboards resting on 2, 4 x 6 full length runners and only certain portions of the hull are making contact---not a good design at all.

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Post by jim g » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:28 pm

The 70's and 80's Correct Craft trailers are perfect for this boat.

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Re: Advice on trailer purchase

Post by SportNWood » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:57 pm

Niel Allen

ILLUSTRIOUS
1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom Runabout

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Jim Godlewski
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Re: Advice on trailer purchase

Post by Jim Godlewski » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:42 am

Where are you located?
Here is a Michigan recommendation.
http://mbbw.com/Custom%20Inboard%20Trailers.htm
1956 17 Sportsman CC-17-2310
1930 Model 100 7152
https://1956chriscraftsportsman.shutterfly.com/

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Re: Advice on trailer purchase

Post by maritimeclassics » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:41 am

We are a Phoenix Trailer dealer and located in northern Michigan. If it makes sense let us know if we can help. They really are the best trailers I have ever seen, I personally own one and love it.
Family member of Chris Craft founder
Owner of Maritime Classics
http://www.maritimeclassics.com
Ph# 231-486-6148

Restoration Projects:
1936 25' Gar Wood Custom
1947 Ventnor Hydroplane
1957 17' Deluxe Runabout
1948 25' Chris Craft Sportsman Twin
1959 19' Sliver Arrow Hull #75
1929 26' Chris Craft Custom Runabout
1937 25' Chris Craft Custom Runabout

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North Woody
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Re: Advice on trailer purchase

Post by North Woody » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:50 am

steve bunda wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:39 pm
We have been working with Phoenix Trailers for many years and they custom build to order. I am putting a spring order in now and can quote you a new 4 bunk trailer if you PM me. see phoenixtrail.com for pictures. my email is [email protected]

thanks, steve
+1 for Phoenix Trailers. I’ve got a custom-built single axle Phoenix trailer for our 1936 19’ CC Runabout. Excellent quality, perfect fit, raised bow stop and looks great (I’ve got the removable guide poles, they’re just not pictured).
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1936 Chris Craft 19’ Runabout “Lake Girl”
https://chris-craft.org/boats/49122/

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