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  • Regular trailer for pontoon use?

    Sorry if this has been addressed but I couldn't find a reference to it: I just put my new-to-me Thundercraft 1750 into the water, but my waterfront is too crowded with the 16-6 pontoon. I have to move the toon to the cottage as the family is demanding its return! The trailer that came with the T-craft has bunks that are raised about a foot to account for the deep V hull but they are adjustable.

    I have no experience or familiarity with boat trailers. I would like to adapt the trailer to be able to load and unload the pontoon for this task. Is it possible to do that? Might the pontoons simply rest on the bunks as-is? The pontoon is only 6 feet keel-to-keel.
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    1990 Thundercraft 1750 LS


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    Re: Regular trailer for pontoon use?

    I measured the trailer and the distance between the bunks is 3 ft 7 in. IIRC I saw an example of a pontoon on a boat trailer where the guy had lashed 4x4 beams across the trailer and attached lumber bunks to the beams . . . looked very Beverly Hillbilly, but still . . . he's the trailer|:
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    • #3
      Re: Regular trailer for pontoon use?

      More searching shows that this question has been asked in the past and the reply was in the negative. I will reconsider.
      1990 Thundercraft 1750 LS

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      • #4
        Re: Regular trailer for pontoon use?

        yep... without extensive rework of the trailer, its not going to happen. Pontoon trailers are fairly specialized.

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        • #5
          Re: Regular trailer for pontoon use?

          A flat bed car hauler trailer on the other hand could work pretty well as long as you can keep the toons off the fenders
          Kevin

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          • #6
            Re: Regular trailer for pontoon use?

            Might be able to work something out with the local marina, especially if you have a relationship with one.
            Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
            21' Suntracker(for my girls), 16' Polarkraft MV w/ 25 HP Merc(for me), 14' Odyssey bucket raft, Square stern Ouachita canoe (finally confessed to the admiral) Cute little 2.5 Merc, 16' Purple Mad River Explorer; vice-admiral's boat, but she lets me use it as long as I don't forget it's hers. Blue Hole Sunburst; a piece of history (or a piece of something else if you ask the admiral)

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            • #7
              Re: Regular trailer for pontoon use?

              Most boat dealers that also sell pontoons will very likely rent a pontoon trailer as will many marinas. Do this safely.

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              • #8
                Re: Regular trailer for pontoon use?

                Right . . . I'm convinced. The problem seems to be that there are no trailers around my area that can load such a narrow pontoon spread (6 ft.) I may just try harder to sell it locally and pass the cash back to the cottage crew . . .
                1990 Thundercraft 1750 LS

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