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Trailer fun with a Leaky Wooden Boat

She was leaking. It was bad enough that folks would comment to the owner and he began to hate to leave town with the boat in its slip for more than two days. The Classic Chris Craft needed to come out.

She is a mid-50s era small mahogany planked under 30’ Chris Craft cabin cruiser. This one is powered by a single 283 Chris Craft Chevy small block. A “user boat” that was quick and easy to jump aboard for an after-work-cruise or some sunset time with my honey.

Borrowed a trailer, borrowed a bigger truck that would pull her out, full of water, or not. Borrowed the club’s “crash” pump and rigged it with an added hose from the pump (in the bilge down under the cabin floorboards) to over the transom. A distance of some 15’ as well as a lift of 6’ from the bilge water level to over the side. Good thing the club has the one.

Similar to the other Evacuator pumps, the EV8000 benefits from the same innovative power connection which allows for direct operation from your boat’s or car 12 volt battery, via two heavy duty battery clips.

This pump is rated with a big 8000 gallons per hour flow rate. Why so high? Easy, the water is in the bilge, at the bottom of the boat. It must climb up the cockpit and over the gunnel of the boat. Pumping water “uphill” eats how fast the pump will dry out the bilge.

This is an electric, 12 volt boat or car battery powered pump. Connect it to your battery with the provided alligator clips. It is not a gas powered pump. See it here…

We ran a strap all the way around the boat as the borrowed trailer did not have a bow stop. Also, such a strap spreads the load of a wood boat over a far bigger area than a bow eye would. Neat idea.

Got the boat onto the trailer, out of the water, but the poor fitting trailer seems to have sprung a plank where it allowed too much weight in too small of an area. We did see where water was coming out. Our leak, maybe? This is a double planked classic boat, so a leak can travel Changed tow cars and she went to her home driveway.


large bilge pump  box  packing shipping carton



large HD bilge pump marine home water pump lift

Pump set up in another boat


chris craft cabin cruiser leaving slip

Chris Craft cabin cruiser leaving its slip


tow pick-up ramp chris craft cabin cruiser wooden classic boat photo

the bigger pick-up for towing a leaking boat up the ramp


wooden boat strapped to trailer tow boat us

wooden Chris Craft strapped full lenght to trailer


Antique and Classic Boat Show or Race Boat Regatta Custom Trailer

Seabuddy has never seen one quite like this. It is an open trailer and then when necessary, a fully enclosed boat trailer. The enclosure is made up of square tubing framed canvas. The tube frame work and the canvas is easy to take off. Without the cover in place, one has a regular custom grade boat trailer. With the cover in place, this trailer is theft proof and weather proof.

boat trailer antique classic race regatta canvas tube framed

Trailer with canvas in place

The square tubing framework slips into place and then the canvas cover is set up on that frame work by pulling it tight over the metal frame. BTW, the canvas is cut and sewn to fit the rectangular trailer shape, not the boat shape. There is walking around room (working area) next to the boat with the full enclosure up.  The cover is set low so special over-head clearance is allowed for.

Launching the boat is possible the canvas cover and metal frame in place or taken down; either way, the boat goes into and out of the water easily. Displaying the boat is best done with the cover and tube frame work stored away from and off the trailer.

Folks that own a race boat would love this trailer set-up as well as antique and classic boat owners do, which is where seabuddy spotted this example. It was at Tavares, FL, on Lake Dora, near the town of Mount Dora that seabuddy took these photos.

It is a good idea that needs to be shared, IMO.

boat railer race antique classic enclosed travel photo image

detail of slots for square tubing near fender

Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show

on display at the show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opens on October 27 and runs through October 31, 2011.The Boat Show exhibits new boats from boat and yacht companies as well as yacht designers and used or brokered yachts.

A variety of boats and ocean vessels will be on display including runabouts, sport fishing boats, high performance racers, medium sized cabin cruisers, skiffs, express cruisers, motor yachts, bow riders, catamarans, trawlers, inflatables, and extraordinary super yachts.

Covering six locations and some 3 million square feet of space, the show has a transportation network of land bus, water craft, and river boats to get around the show.

A great venue for a boat show, Ft. Lauderdale, has the water and land items that make for a great boating experience.

The best day for most is the first day, although one can’t see all of the show in a day. Take even non boaters with you, it’s a terrific venue.

New Event May 12-15, 2011

United States Yacht Shows, Inc., producer of the renowned United States Sail and Powerboat Shows, is launching a new event for aspiring, as well as experienced, cruisers: The first annual Cruisers University, to be held May 12-15, 2011 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Marine Center.


Billed as “The Ultimate Aid To Navigation,” the program will provide expert instruction in a wide range of subjects pertinent to long-range cruising. Classes range from general cruising topics, such as Crossing the Gulf Stream, Proper Provisioning and Cruising with Children, to master certification courses in Diesel Maintenance, Weather Forecasting and a comprehensive educational package called the Seamanship Series. All classes will be taught by subject matter experts from respected institutions, such as the Annapolis School of Seamanship, while the opportunity to meet other participants who share the cruising dream is a significant bonus.


One of the most unique aspect of Cruisers University is its interactivity, including a large in-water display of boats, both sail and power, outfitted with live-aboard cruising in mind. Participants will not only attend classes, they can become involved with learning through demonstrations of equipment and systems, as well as by taking selected boats out for sea trials during the extended weekend.


The event’s structure allows participants to choose from three programs, with tuitions ranging from $450 for the four-day Masters Certification Program or the Seamanship Series to $160 for the one-day Introduction to Cruising Package.  Each package includes breakfast and lunch as well as boat demo boarding passes.  The number of courses and inclusions vary at each level.  Evening social events featuring music, cocktails and a keynote speaker are available for an additional fee. Special hotel and marina rates and VIP parking passes, are also available for Cruisers University participants. 


For a daily admission fee of $15, consumers can view over 150 sail and power cruising boats and 100 boating equipment exhibits.


For tickets and more information, visit

Here comes the Boat Show Dates /Times

January 27–30, 2011
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt Street (at Charles Street)  One block away from the Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Show Hours

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011 

Saturday, January 29, 2011 

Sunday, January 30, 2011 

new Truck Rack Choices at SEMA

trucks hauling boat gear

Hauler Racks, Inc. is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting in Las Vegas at the SEMA Show 2010 from Nov. 2nd – 5th. We will be in Booth #33204. Please stop by if you are attending the show. We would like to see you.

They will have a “Hauler II” universal heavy duty aluminum rack along with our NEW “Top Mount Hauler II Cap Rack”.

 They will have other POP’s on display, too.

by MaxiMini


Moving a small craft to and from the water can be a huge hassle.  Quick and convenient, the Wheel-a-Weigh Launching Wheels and Dollies from Davis Instruments simplify the whole process.

            Constructed of anodized marine aluminum and stainless steel with injection molded wheels and double, hard-rubber tires, the Wheel-a-Weigh Launching Wheels are mounted in tracks permanently installed on the transoms of boats and cartoppers.  Wheels lock in the down position for transporting overland and then lock in the up position after launching.  Wheels are easily removable for storage or theft prevention. 

            The Launching Wheels measure 8″ x 1.5″ and can handle 250 lbs. on hard surfaces or 100 lbs. in soft sand.  With pneumatic tires, an extra capacity version features 16″ x 4″ wheels and a weight capacity of 300 lbs. on hard surfaces or 200 lbs. in soft sand. 

The Wheel-a-Weigh Kayak Dolly features a heavy-duty anodized aluminum axle with rubber tires on injection molded rims.  The injection molded bunks are covered with santoprene thermoplastic rubber for non-skid performance even when wet.  The bunks are 20″ L x 3″ W and have a fixed spacing of 18″.  Spaced 19″ apart, the 11″ x 1.75″ wheels can handle 200 lbs. on hard surfaces and 100 lbs. in soft sand. 

Made of heavy-duty anodized aluminum tubing and polypropylene struts with santoprene rubber-covered bunks, the Wheel-a-Weigh Small Boat Dolly is adjustable to fit rowing shells, canoes, sailboats and dinghies.  Injection molded, the bunks measure 19″ L x 3″ W and are adjustable from 18″ to 28″.  With pneumatic tires, the wheels are 16″ x 4″ and spaced 37″ apart for simple maneuverability.  The Small Boat Dolly has a weight capacity of 250 lbs. on hard surfaces and 150 lbs. in soft sand. 

Both Wheel-a-Weigh Dollies feature holding straps with delrin quick release buckles and fold-away foot rods to hold the dolly upright, facilitating single-handed loading.  The units are easily disassembled for transport.  Wheel-a-Weigh systems are not designed to be towed behind a vehicle.

New Trailers for classic wood Boats

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welcome Maximini to

maximini has joined to cover boat trailers, truck, car, and other auto topics. MAXIMINI is seabuddyonboats’ new automotive editor.

Trailer and trailer parts

This one is from EZ Loader. The boxed channel frame has 16 rollers for trailer parts at the back with 8 rollers trailer parts towards the middle. The trailer rollers give support based on their number in a given area.