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  1. billperkins3@att.net

    billperkins3@att.net Well-Known Member

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    Gents..... I'm exploring options on restoring/ replacing my Magic tube trailer or buying a new Galvanized or Aluminum trailer. I'm a salt guy but when I decide to sell the boat in spring it'll most likely be owned next by a fresh only guy taking it out on the Colorado where most of you guys boat. If I restore the present trailer to mint condition and continue to launch in salt for 6 months it'll just begin to show rust again. When I bought the boat/ trailer 4 years ago the trailer looked new having never seen salt... now its a rusty mess. I only use it to store and launch through a service in Newport Beach and always wash it down well but boy was Neil Young correct, Rust Never Sleeps. If anyone has solution oriented ideas I'd enjoy hearing them....
     
  2. TPC

    TPC Wrenching Dad

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    My worst boating experience was buying and dealing with Pacific Trailers.
    Bad trailers. Worst salt water trailers.
    Horrible people to deal with.
    That’s all I have to contribute.
     
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  3. billperkins3@att.net

    billperkins3@att.net Well-Known Member

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    Says a lot really, off the list they go..... power of the internet baby.
     
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    Checkmate21 Well-Known Member

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    A tube trailer will rust away from the inside if used in salt water. Get a Galvanized channel trailer or better yet, a Aluminum trailer. Tube trailers look great but are for fresh water only. No Salt!
     
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    WYRD Well-Known Member

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    Get a tube trailer and Crane launch for the next 6 mo.
     
  6. billperkins3@att.net

    billperkins3@att.net Well-Known Member

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    Fellas... awesome feedback. Checkmate21 you are correct, I've since had a ton oh info shared in speaking with the trailer manufacturers.

    WYRD.... what an extraordinary idea. Brilliant concept and may work given I have a rack system here in Newport Harbor. Never would have thought of that solution. I could somehow dump my rusted trailer... place bought at rack till I'm ready to sell .... and buy a new fresh water tube trailer for the Magic river audience which is where she'll end up for sure. if you haven't heard it recently, I'll just tell you.... you're quite the brainiac.
     
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    WYRD Well-Known Member

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    I'll be sure to pass your assessment along to my wife, she hasn't yet received that memo ;)
     
  8. ChumpChange

    ChumpChange Commercial Banker

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    Why so sure it’s going to the Colorado? What kind of boat is it? I always enjoyed cruising the harbor. Are you out or newport dunes?
     
  9. billperkins3@att.net

    billperkins3@att.net Well-Known Member

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    ChumpChange.... Its a 30' Magic Wizard.... open bow/ cuddy design. Well, my hopes are that she'll find a new owner here in Newport Harbor so I can still appreciate her beauty as she opens up going out of the channel. But the vast Magic audience and at 30' the percentages are in favor of her ending up flying up/ down a river. Personally, for me there's noting like the feeling I get when I haul tail out of the harbor into open ocean. Matter of fact heading to Catalina later today for an overnight.... epic water conditions now so whales/ dolphins galore!
     
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    ONE-A-DAY Well-Known Member

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    Save your money........rack storage
     
  11. ToMorrow44

    ToMorrow44 27 Advantage TCM 800efi

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    If you used your tube steel trailer in saltwater, it’s already on its way out. My trailer looked pretty good and I was gonna have it refurbished when it literally fell apart. This was maybe 10 uses in saltwater..? I think the paint was the only thing holding it together.

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    If you want to use the trailer in salt, aluminum is the way to go, but they have a lot of downsides. Most are bolt together, they flex, they’re not balanced right, they don’t support the boat, and they tow like shit. Exceptions would be your Mycos, Manning, Pacific welded aluminum trailer.

    Another option, which I currently have, is a c-channel steel trailer. I don’t do any salt water boating anymore, but with a C channel frame, all metal is painted and protected, nowhere for saltwater to hide, and if something does start to rust, you can see it unlike a tube trailer. I think Pacific does c-channel steel and Adrenaline maybe too.
     
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    77charger Well-Known Member

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    C channel steel no where for water to collect.Proper wash down and cleaning it will last.I use my boat in long beach harbor here and there since 2002 no major rust spots.Ive learned that right as you launch boat head to washdown station rinse off the salt water before it dries then of course a good wash when you get home.

    No way id take a tube frame trailer water gets in and harder for it to get out.
     
  13. GregG

    GregG Well-Known Member

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    On welded aluminum, I like Manning. Only a few folks left doing C channel open steel. Then you have to determine what gauge they are using and how they apply the paint. I had a C channel trailer from VM which lasted forever in salt. Very high quality trailer. They are worth adding to your list.

    VM Custom Boat Trailers
    Phone: (559) 486-0410
    Fax: (559) 486-0427
    Email: debbieae@vmboattrailers.com
     
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    Nice, I had never heard of VM before, just looked them up. Looks like they do some good work.
     
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    What’s a rough cost of welded aluminum vs standard C channel steel trailer?

    Figure 2 axle with brakes on one axel and standard legal lighting.


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    Not a lot of difference in cost. Some of the vendors work with steel and some with aluminum. Quality welds are equal.
     
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    Honestly I think I’d rather a welded aluminum. Easy clean up and if the boat ever went in the salt I would cry less lol


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    If you will just dip it in salt water every now and then, I would go with open C channel steel. I have had both and towing a welded steel trailer is far better. If saltwater is going to be 75% of the time, alum is an absolute must.
     
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    Find a used Trail Rite Galvenized trailer...

    problem solved
     
  20. billperkins3@att.net

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    Good feedback gang, thanks..... I've got a buyer for my boat and I'm holding him off till spring as I enjoy the winter rides to Catalina. We'll have to deal with the rusted trailer issue when it's time to sell to him. I have the Newport launch service so frankly the trailer is only used to store/ launch.... it goes back and forth 100 yds. I don't trailer boat anywhere offsite. I think a good aluminum 3 axle trailer new might be around $12K. So in spring when I get serious about selling I'll have to solve that challenge for new owner.
     
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    I’ll bring the beer. :D
     
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    Been very happy with my Manning. All welded, aluminum. Wherever you buy, don't assume you can just make a call and have a trailer. Most good manufacturers build to spec and depending on schedule might be 2-3 months out.
     
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    Pacific made me a nice painted c-channel trailer for my old Nautique. It towed awesome and was reasonably priced as well.
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    Good stuff guys.... I'm starting to look around my boat yard where many boats are stored taking notice of all the salt water oriented trailers.... its a great way to assess what brands appear to be holding up best. Pacific, Myco, West Coast Trailers, Kokopelli seem to own the lot as best performing over time. In spring I'll most likely start looking for a used triple axle that would work for the next owner. Or he he feels the need for a new one, I'd simply negotiate that shared cost. Appreciate the "inmate" knowledge and opinions fellas.
     
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    Sport trail trailers makes really nice aluminum trailers. I think they are based in Louisiana.. there are a lot of aluminum boat builders along the gulf coast and the weld work is top notch
     
  26. billperkins3@att.net

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    Appreciate that comment John.
     

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