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How to Build a Boat Trailer (Pub. No. 5527)

Three Designs by William Jackson, John W. MacFarlane, et. al.

From the First Article: "A Trailer for the boat has many advantages and here is one simple in construction, easy to build, that will last a life time and is highly recommended for your boat, whether you buy one or build your craft yourself. The advantages of this trailer are something like a mobile marine railway. The boat may be used anywhere an auto may go and regardless whether your boat is an outboard, sailboat, or small inboard runabout you are free to explore any waterway and trail your boat home for storage in a safe place, until ready for use again. The first item in construction of a trailer is a suitable axle, wheels, and springs, these parts being readily obtained from junked autos. Select a front axle complete with wheels, while springs may be from any auto, old tires are satisfactory as little wear is encountered in trailing a boat. The axle selected must, have the steering knuckles rigidly secured to prevent the wheels turning in or out and this is accomplished by providing strap iron lugs, bolting over the steering knuckles or better yet by welding the steering knuckles fast to prevent movement. Note: This recommendation was a good one in the days before front-wheel drive cars. It avoided the weight and complication of the differential but added the complication of welding the steering knuckles. Today's best answer is the rear axle from a front-wheel drive car; readily available, no differential, no steering knuckles and, because of the supply, relatively inexpensive.

36 pages, 3 plate(s)

Simplifying Short-Handed Sailing (Pub. No. 5631)

Most trailerable cruising sailboats, mostly those in the 20 to 25 foot range, skippers often find the most challenging conditions. Many of these craft are Spartan in their original equipment. Many of their owners have family crew members who are either inexperienced or a little light for the job. And, too, some venturesome skippers enjoy the solitude and, sometimes, splendor or occasional harrowing experience of cruising alone. For the do-it-yourselfer who likes to be in complete control, there are a number of projects that can make short-handed sailing easier with-out leaving the cockpit.

17 pages

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