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Houseboat trailer plans, or measurements.

by Jodi Suski
(Creighton, Saskatchewan, Canada)

A typical style big boat / houseboat trailer

A typical style big boat / houseboat trailer

I have just bought a 50' Sunseeker made by Three Buoys. I'm looking for plans if anybody has any, or pics for a trailer.

This boat has a full hull and is 50' long by 14' wide, and weighs 30,000 LBS. The trailer is just to get it out of the water to park it for the winter. It's not going to be going on any highways.

Or if there is any specs for the design of the hull, as the boat is 3000 km away so I can't just go and get measurements.

Please help if you can, thank you.

Jodi from Saskatchewan, Canada

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Hi Jodi, thanks for posting in the houseboat forums.

I wish I could personally give you the help or measurements that you need, but I don't ever recall seeing a Three Buoys Sunseeker houseboat out of the water (especially one with a full hull).

I may be mistaken, I always remember seeing them with pontoon/tritoon hulls.

You could however use basically any big boat transport who has a hydraulic boat trailer, as they could pull the boat out of the water and place it on blocks for you.

From there you could decide if it's worth to "get/rent" or "build yourself" a trailer just to haul it out.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their related Three Buoys houseboat / trailer experiences and tips.

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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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12X36 Kayot Trailer
by: Anonymous

I modified a 36' dual-tandem gooseneck flatbed trailer last year to move/store my 12x36 Kayot. My trailer is smaller than what you need. Also, my boat is a steel pontoon, not a solid hull.

Trailer has 8 tires on two axles and is rated for 24,000 lbs. Loaded with boat it weighs in at 22,000 lbs. It's equipped with electric brakes on both axles. I added steel extension plates to widen the trailer to 10' and fabricated vertical rails down the center axis to allow the boat to be floated and centered on the trailer. The bow is snugged up to solid rubber dock bumpers and secured to the trailer with two 10,000 lb ratchet straps.

I used my 2006 Ram 3500 4x4 dually pickup to move the boat 400 miles to Lake Powell near Page, AZ. The pickup works fine for launching however I found it's a bit heavy to pull UP the ramp. So when it's time to go home, I hire a local boat mover to pull the boat and park in my yard.

At Lake Powell, there are several time-share companies and boat storages that move single hull houseboats as long at 75' or more and beams as wide as 20'.

Those companies use tractor/trailers with air brakes. The trailers are fitted with wood timbers in a slight "V" shape to help the boats 'settle' on center during transport. They move these boats about 5 miles to/from the lake daily as owners/customers depart/return from week long trips. These trailers are fitted with heavy duty winches to secure the boats to the trailer.

Be mindful if you plan to move the boat on public highways there may be oversize load laws/requirements. In my case, I am able to move my 12' wide boat (with a $25 permit) without an escort vehicle (in Arizona, 12' is the widest load allowed without an escort). There is also a Height limit, in my case 14 1//2 feet is the max, which I'm just under by a few inches.

Oversize Load banners must be affixed to front of tow vehicle and rear of load. Also red flags must be placed at each corner of the load. I installed quick-release flag holders on the boat to make rigging for towing quick. The boat stays on the trailer in my side yard and only goes in the water when I want to use it. Saves me a lot of money on mooring/dock fees.

I hope this helps a little.

Thanks for taking the time to give such a detailed reply. This will surely help many readers better understand the "ins & out' of trailer towing yourself.

IAN of All About Houseboats.

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