Hi I have a liveaboard
trailable and have a number of friends that also have large livaboard Trailer Sailers.
The usual large trailables here in Australia
that are capable of performing in this role are yachts like RL28ís, Mach 28ís, Court 750ís, Beale 850ís etc. I own an unusual Imexus 28 which along with its slightly smaller sibling the Odin 820 are available in the US.
At under 7000lbs on trailer to tow fully laden and being within legal
towing width at 8 foot 4 I have specifically equipped it for extended live aboard expeditioning and exploring.
We have a large number of what we call grey nomads here in Australia
who use caravans or motorhomes for 3-12 months travelling every year. My yacht has been developed to be an alternative to these land only based travelling platforms with as little loss of livability as possible given the compromises required for it to be a capable sailing yacht, motor
boat and caravan.
Not everyoneís cup of tea but with around a 100 gallons of fresh water
tankage, 35 gallons of fuel, hot water
, 350 amp hour of battery
capacity, shore power
, 150 Amp hour alternator
, standing headroom
at the stove
and enclosed shower/toilet it is pretty close to matching smaller long term cruising keel
boats whilst retaining all the flexibility of trailing, very shallow draft
and drying out capability. It also has a very significant range under motor
at hull speed
and the capability of high speed planing if required. Combined with all of the above it also has both Dodger
which can be erected on land and water, a targa bar with large solar
panel and another mounted over the cabin
roof, a one person mast
raising and lowering system that remains in situ at all times for bridges and powerlines as well as for launching and retrieving. Just a thought. Regards Graeme
PS One last thing. The motor is a 180 hp inboard hi efficiency turbo diesel
with raising leg and fully laden with cruising gear
and with the mast
up can push the yacht to 25 knots and has done over 30 knots empty. I donít use this capability very often but it definately has its attractions on occasions.