I learned something today: A little something about sailboat trailers. We towed my little Tanzer22 over to the Clam Shack's Launch site in Friendship Harbor early this morning where the Harbor Master was going to help me pull her out of the water
for the season.
As we were coming into the harbor, he called me to redirect us to a mooring
- issue with the trailer.
He came out in his skiff and directed us to the mooring
and proceeded to tell me about my trailer.
Now, before we go on, you should know that the Tanzer22 came ON this trailer. Granted, it was in rrally rough shape, but, I fixed all that - new axle, struts, rims, tires, welded plates where it was rusted through, new pads, new paint
. Nothing was changed (except a stronger axle and better tires) from the original design.
The Harbor Master (Jim - super nice guy, by the way) told me that the trailer is for 'grounding' only. Evidently, it is only capable of loading/unloading a boat by setting the trailer at the edge if the water
at low tide and doing the loading/unloading at high tide.
Seems there is another type of sailboat trailer that has an extendable tongue and a winch
. That is not the type I have, so, no go at the ramp
at high tide.
Over the winter, it appears, I have another project
for this sailing obsession.
So now, I have two boats in the water and neither is on my mooring. I think Friendship is a great name for that little harbor. The people are awesome!
By the way, I've got a transport company coming to grab the boats and haul them to my house.