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Old 09-22-2019, 01:53 PM   #1
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Hi! I need a basic boat trailer to move my son's rowboat back and forth between my camp's storage area and launch. Will not be traveling on road, so lights, etc. are no issue. Willing to do some repairs.

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Old 09-22-2019, 03:01 PM   #2
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Hi Think,

On a similar thread a week ago, one of our pen pals pointed out that there is a small boat trailer for sale (I would imagine at a very low price) at the intersection of Senter Cove Rd and GWH in Tuftonboro. It does not have a ball mount. If you are only rolling by hand it is probably perfect.
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On a similar thread a week ago, one of our pen pals pointed out that there is a small boat trailer for sale (I would imagine at a very low price) at the intersection of Senter Cove Rd and GWH in Tuftonboro. It does not have a ball mount. If you are only rolling by hand it is probably perfect.
Unless I missed the one you're referring to, that was just the dolly? I need something I can hook up to my truck as the boat is heavy and it's a fair distance.

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The 'boat parts' heading in craigslist-nh has a small boat trailer in Stow, Massachusetts for one hundred dollars, and it actually looks pretty decent with regard to tires, fenders, lights, and no rust ..... looking at the photos(?) ... a craigslist super steal of a deal from that wealthy state to the south ...... Massachusetts ..... he probably just wants to get rid of it, cheap and fast!

Someone from around these here parts ..... like from Meredith or Laconia would probably be asking $450 for that there trailer, and be doing you a huge favor to let it go for $400.
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Old 09-22-2019, 03:24 PM   #5
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The 'boat parts' heading in craigslist-nh has a small boat trailer in Stow, Massachusetts for one hundred dollars, and it actually looks pretty decent with regard to tires, fenders, lights, and no rust ..... looking at the photos(?) ... a craigslist super steal of a deal from that wealthy state to the south ...... Massachusetts ..... he probably just wants to get rid of it, cheap and fast!
I can never find what you refer to--can you post the link?

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It's a modified version of the harbor freight one.

https://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/bp...982150151.html


Cut out one or two meals out to eat this week and it's yours for free.

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The same as this one show in these photos with out the modifications.
https://us.letgo.com/en/i/boat-trail...f-01d2300850be

Easily worth a $100.00

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It's a modified version of the harbor freight one.

https://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/bp...982150151.html


Cut out one or two meals out to eat this week and it's yours for free.

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The same as this one show in these photos with out the modifications.
https://us.letgo.com/en/i/boat-trail...f-01d2300850be

Easily worth a $100.00
Good looking out--I'll check on it.

Quick question, since I'm a newbie with this: the boards in the photo would be to be rearranged since the boat I'm working with is a v-hull?

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Good looking out--I'll check on it.
Don't check it out, get down there and act on it.

After looking at it a few moments ago(pictures), and my sons. I think everything is there. The bunks are mounted on sideways and the brackets are rotated 90 degrees off for what ever "they" were trying to move.
Make sure you bring a grease gun to fill up the hubs, it came with light duty bearing buddies but they work for what your pulling.
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Unless I missed the one you're referring to, that was just the dolly? I need something I can hook up to my truck as the boat is heavy and it's a fair distance.

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Alas, yes, just the dolly, no hitch for truck
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Don't check it out, get down there and act on it.

After looking at it a few moments ago(pictures), and my sons. I think everything is there. The bunks are mounted on sideways and the brackets are rotated 90 degrees off for what ever "they" were trying to move.
Make sure you bring a grease gun to fill up the hubs, it came with light duty bearing buddies but they work for what your pulling.
I meant, "I need to see if it's available," but I'm sure you knew that.

Thanks for the info on the bunks.

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Continued:


That very small hole (In the center should have a grease fitting in there), if not your going to have a lot of heartache getting it home

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That very small hole (In the center should have a grease fitting in there), if not your going to have a lot of heartache getting it home

If you zoom in, you can see it. Seems easy enough. I sent an email, so we'll see.

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Old 09-22-2019, 07:27 PM   #13
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Trailer in Stow has sold. Still looking!

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Hi Think,
On a similar thread a week ago, one of our pen pals pointed out that there is a small boat trailer for sale (I would imagine at a very low price) at the intersection of Senter Cove Rd and GWH in Tuftonboro. It does not have a ball mount. If you are only rolling by hand it is probably perfect.
All that is needed is a Tongue Trailer Coupler.About $19 at stores like Tractor Supply.
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Someone I spoke to today suggested that a jetski trailer could work, so I'm open to that, too.

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Thoughts on this? https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...2830384564826/

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Old 09-23-2019, 07:54 PM   #17
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Also, this is on sale for $250. https://www.harborfreight.com/1195-L...ler-62648.html.

Might be good to have a utility trailer at camp...

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Suggest go to www.ebay.com and do a search for 'small boat dolly.' They have a $150 galvanized steel, and a $200 stainless steel small boat dolly that is somewhat similar to the $450 aluminum Seitech boat dollies used for moving small sailboats by hand.

Plus, one does not have to drive to Stow, Massachusetts and back, to check it out ...... is brand new ...... and it's a returnable Ebay item.
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Recently I've seen a For Sale sign on a stool of some sort parked atop a small flatbed trailer, near the top of the hill above the M'boro town beach on Long Island. I don't know if it's the stool or trailer that's for sale; maybe both.
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Thanks for the ideas, everyone. I've connected with my transfer station and a few people with "free" boats and $x00 trailers. Hoping to find something there.

Quick note on my "cheapness": as a teacher, I get paid on a combination of education and years of service. Starting pay is less than half of what top is, which means that--for many things, including my camp, extras, etc.--we've had to be frugal with whereas others--experiences--we can be more liberal.

I hope I've not come across as a cheapskate, but rather someone balancing the possessions and opportunities I'd like to provide my family/children and the reality of our financial constraints.

I'll post what happens today or tomorrow.

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Quick note on my "cheapness": as a teacher, I get paid on a combination of education and years of service. Starting pay is less than half of what top is, which means that--for many things, including my camp, extras, etc.--we've had to be frugal with whereas others--experiences--we can be more liberal.
Millennial Speak is difficult to comprehend. I have yet to understand what (--) is supposed to mean, yet I see it often in your posts. It is very difficult to parse.
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Ok, everyone, here's part of what I ended up with. $200. The boat on the trailer is in great shape, but a fellow forum member actually already gifted us a 12' aluminum rowboat that is a bit wider and more stable (and, frankly, has a history I appreciate), so this one will probably go to a friend or maybe I'll keep it for my daughter...

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Nice. Glad itís all working out!
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Nice. Glad itís all working out!
So far, so good--Saturday looks to be shaping up for a great first sea trial!

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Millennial Speak is difficult to comprehend. I have yet to understand what (--) is supposed to mean, yet I see it often in your posts. It is very difficult to parse.
I do the same thing. For me:
"-" is a hyphen
"--" is a dash.
If you use just a hyphen when you want a dash, spellcheck and auto-correct often get confused. Spelling: many writers just don't bother to proofread and edit, which is difficult on most smart devices. I attribute many spelling errors these days to the software: to, two, too, your, yore, you're, their, they're, there, etc., etc., etc.
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Millennial Speak is difficult to comprehend. I have yet to understand what (--) is supposed to mean, yet I see it often in your posts. It is very difficult to parse.
Sorry I missed this--you must have posted at about the same time as I did.

I'm not a millennial, but the above reply is accurate--two hyphens acts as an em dash on devices that don't have (easy) access to them.

I use them when appropriate--to explain something that has just been said, as opposed to a parenthetical comment (which adds potentially unnecessary extra info) or semicolon (which combines two related independent clauses without a comma and conjunction).

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