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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:52 pm 
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Does anyone know if an H18 will fit on an H16 trailer? I may be purchasing an H18 but it does not have a trailer and my friend has a tariler for his H16. Any info would be of great help. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:55 am 
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As I recall, the H18 is about 3" wider, so it should fit on the H16 trailer...
SRM can you confirm?

If this is longer than a 2 hr journey, I suggest you look at cradles.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:42 am 
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Both the 18 and 16 have the same beam measurement, but the 18 rests on the centerline of the hulls, not the "edge" like a 16 does, so the distance between the rollers is actually narrower on an 18.

The problem you may have (depending on the trailer) is that the tongue is too short for an 18. With the boat forward on the trailer, you have to be careful of "shark bites" when making sharp turns or backing up.

And cradles (at least on the forward supports) are definitely called for on anything but the shortest trips.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:51 am 
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Good explanation Matt, thanks.

Any cautions on strapping down?

On my old trailer, I had cradles in front and double rollers at the rear.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:03 am 
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John Lunn wrote:
Any cautions on strapping down?

I've always told people not to strap over the hulls because it can wear the gel coat (fluttering straps) and the potential for crushing. On an 18, strap from the crossbeam, just inside the hull, down to the trailer (4 straps). It's not necessary to get the straps ultra-tight (don't use ratchet straps). Position the straps so they oppose each other (front angled back, back angled front or vice-versa) and angle slightly inward. That way, any movement of the boat relative to the trailer actually makes it more firmly attached.

Use the "powers of ten" method to check the boat & trailer - check after 1, 10, 100, 1000 miles.

John Lunn wrote:
On my old trailer, I had cradles in front and double rollers at the rear.

That's perfectly adequate for an 18. Most of the boat's weight is on the forward support.


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