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 Post subject: Transporting Hobie Wave
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:41 pm 
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I'm in the market for a Wave and prefer to find a boat with trailer. If I find a boat without a trailer, what is the best method to get it home? SUV roof rack, or utility trailer? Any thoughts appreciated.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:41 am 
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I'd use a utility trailer if you have access to one. I bought a cheap one and made a nice trailer by simply adding planks.
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Roof racks are okay too, but check your vehicle's load rating. I transported mine that way, new in the boxes, but my Hyundai wagon was not real happy about it. Club model set-up is too complicated to do this on a regular basis. Plus, lifting the hulls that high will take two people, or a real "He-Man" like Corey. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:58 pm 
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If you're just looking to get it home, it's doable in a pick-up truck with an 8' bed, just disassemble and tie everything down well. I did this just to get the boat, than built a trailer for about $500 starting with a utility trailer similar to the picture posted. Not really practical for every day use, but good enough until you can figure out a trailer situation.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:27 pm 
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Howdy,

Good question on transporting the Wave. Love the homemade utility trailer conversion!

I've got an old double stack Trailex, with rollers and cradles set for the 16. The slide adjusters are old and will break often, so I've been looking of a way to not mess with them often. It works good with the Wave on top, the rollers adjust quicker than the cradles. But that means I can't do it alone, which is fine at a regatta, but the beauty of the Wave is doing it solo.

We also tried two big foam blocks on one side, lifting it over the sail tube and box. That worked OK but still had rubbing issues on the wheel covers. We ended up taking them off, which get the boat really dirty on longer trips.

Good thing it's made of plastic. :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:27 am 
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if you disessemble the wave it can easily fit on a roof rack of a van or suv.
a pick up truck would be easy too.
just make sure you tie it down well!!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:46 pm 
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Can a wave fit in the passenger compartment of a van?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:00 pm 
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Since the hulls are 13 ft long, it would take a pretty big van (even if you removed the seats). But "fit" can be a vague term... I often see vans with 12' rolls of carpet hanging out the back, so I'm sure it can be done!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:46 am 
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How about out the back of a ford explorer? I can pop the rear glass leaving the hatch closed. Guessing 5 feet will hang out.
Cannot seem to find a van where just the glass opens


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:38 am 
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Rent or borrow a truck or borrow a trailer - know any sailors?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:41 am 
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Guess I am renting a dodge Dakota with a 6.5 foot bed and lots of tie downs


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:55 am 
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Only half the length of the boat? I'd put the skegs in the bed; the bows are probably lighter.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:17 am 
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any utility trailer will do, as long as you add two 2 x 4 wide-wise on the trailer and they need to be 7ft long...i have done it many times this way!

good luck!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:56 am 
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Trailex has the perfect trailer, it costs $1389 and is shipped freight free door to door. Takes about an hour to assemble Very light. I endorse it fully, hands down best cat trailer I have owned.

find it at castle craft.com


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:31 pm 
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HarborFrieght has their 40" by 8' utility trailer on sale. Not sure is these are what people use though. And the wheels might happen to be the same distance apart as the hulls, so the hulls would need to be above the wheels. teh 8" trailer looks better in thsi regard - tops of wheels are lower relative to the trailer's top compare to the 12" wheeled trailer.

900 lbs 8" wheels, only $200:
http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive ... 42708.html

1100 lbs 12" wheels
http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive ... 90153.html

Foldable:
http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive ... 42709.html


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:42 pm 
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I own one of the foldable models which I use for my Harley and I used to haul the Bravo on it. A very nicely made Chinese trailer. Good quality.


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