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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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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.

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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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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 for pictures. my email is [email protected]

thanks, steve

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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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Re: Advice on trailer purchase

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

1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom Runabout

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