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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:58 am 
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Hey guys, I'm not new to sailing but I am a new Bravo owner... I needed a trailer and could not find what I wanted, (for a price) So I built one. Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2bmSKdvUVI

I had a lot of fun doing it and it turned out better than I could have expected. In the process I have some templates and some developed components that y'all may be interested in. How to store the mast etc.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:47 pm 
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That's a nice build!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:44 am 
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Nice work! It reminds me of my old Hobie 17 trailer. I built a rectangular sailbox for it, that I had drop on kayak racks for. I stored the sailboat hanging from my garage rafters, and lowered it onto the trailer for use. When we wanted to kayak, I'd put on the kayak racks (took about 30 seconds) and loaded on the 5 kayaks.
Human ingenuity is wonderful!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:37 pm 
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Thanks for the comment...! The plumbing PVC is handy for mast stowing. I might have it cantilevered out too far, but this is an easy to quickly get the mast captured for transport. I will post pictures if I can figure out how to do that.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:49 am 
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So, here is some more detail. This is the Hatch Build.

https://youtu.be/iVi_6_sg1_0

(whoops... had a spelling error and had to delete and then change the video link. This one is good)

I know that there are probably better ways, but our approach is to be low maintenance, and low "bling". I need to add a handle on both, and a vent the aft hatch, and am toying with a hinge open feature for the large stowage bay.

I will add something for the mast tie-down soon. Hey, too cold to go sailing (for us warm weather dudes) so I'll keep tweaking the design!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:30 pm 
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Nice build and thanks for sharing. I am also in the process of modifying the exact same Harbor Freight trailer for my Bravo. Would you mind share the detail of the mast support PVC built both front and back? especially the rings at the A frame gate.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:40 pm 
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Hi Chen,

I sent you an email with some pictures.

I need to do a better job... Hopefully you can get some ideas from them. But in the next week or so I will detail them out better. (I got everything from Lowe's)

Using a "T" fitting works to capture the mast fore and aft. The bungee cord is not enough... when I got on the road, I needed a tie-down strap there. The height of the front support has to do with what your tow vehicle is. It has to clear because the mast will extend over the back trunk of a car or truckbed.

The area around the clamp is key... that is what makes this so easy to implement. That spool that locks in is something that I had to customize by doing some dangerous maneuvers on the table saw! If done over I would look for a better candidate on the plumbing isle... maybe a sink drain flange?

Good luck and let us know how you're doing!

HH

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:07 am 
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HH,

Really appreciate that you take time to respond to my questions. The photo helped a lot. Still not quite sure how you did the rear mast support, the upper insert to the rudder pin. There looked like a locking pin as well. Any concern on the weight put on the rudder pins.

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