After turning the boat upside down, I discarded the building jig, knowing I would place the boat on the trailer for the remaining steps. So, today (drum roll please) I placed Shackleton on the trailer. I positioned the thick part of the skegs just forward of the rear rollers (similar to what others have done). I also lowered the rollers to keep the boat low on the trailer. I attempted to move the 4 x 4 carpeted bunk to the rear 12″ but I couldn’t get the lags out of the bunk. So, I decided to leave it where it is. Not ideal, but close enough. Preston volunteered to crawl through the bulkhead and install my bow eye. He is taller than me and reached the bow without even getting all the way inside. Future Idaho Sailors. Delight mixed with mischief. I sense a mutinous plan in the works. I know that look very well. I called my dad (first generation ham n egger) to help me bend the front bumpers slightly to better align with the pram bow. Here’s a man with all the tools. With a little ‘friendly persuasion’ the bow bumpers now fits perfectly.
The tongue on this trailer appears to be much longer than necessary. Has anyone else felt this way? I would say it’s 2′-3′ longer than it needs to be. After I build a way to carry my mast, I’m going to hook up the trailer and see how much length can be removed. This is just too long for me, but still a very impressive trailer.