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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:03 am 
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Does anyone have any experience with trailering the Getaway with the rudders/tiller crossbar on the boat?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:10 pm 
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Sure, that's the way I normally trailered. Just stick the pins in the holes to hold them up. I should mention that I had a rear mast rest to hold the mast above the crossbar. I also tied the crossbar to the seat posts so the rudders wouldn't flop around.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:19 pm 
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I pictured having them in the down position for transport. I didn't know if the trailer springs could compress enough for them to hit the ground, but I figured having them in the up position would put a lot more load on the hull.

So you've done this a lot without any signs of wear or damage?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:39 pm 
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No wear or damage in three years trailering that way. Rudders up is safer, I think--hate to break a rudder on a rock or pothole. Boat is really light. Rudders are really light. Trailer is oversprung for the weight.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:24 pm 
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I would love to see your rear mast rest. Can you post a picture?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:18 pm 
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I probably posted one before, but if you look at my video of mast raising, you'll see it. It is just some roll bar steel welded to the mast in a U shape with a detachable mast rest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE9cmSGmXcM

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:57 am 
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I couldn't see much from the video, too far away. What exactly does it attach to at the stern of the boat? Do you have any closer photos of it?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:40 am 
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Doesn't attach to the boat at all. It is a U welded to the trailer frame. Hangs out suspended behind the boat. Then a crutch is dropped onto it to support the mast. No photos-and no longer have the boat.

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I take mine off, since I mistrust the weight of the rudders bouncing on the gudgeons. But I'm trailering on the highway for an hour and a half.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:36 am 
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dorienc wrote:
I take mine off, since I mistrust the weight of the rudders bouncing on the gudgeons. But I'm trailering on the highway for an hour and a half.


Same here. Rudders off and highway for 70 miles each way.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:50 am 
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I've taken mine off too, for both a Wave and a T2, to reduce stress time on the gudgeons.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:12 am 
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I am considering buying a Getaway and am doing some research... I'm curious what experiences you all have while trailering several hours. This is one concern I have, that the boats being so wide and sort of light may not make as solid a connection to the trailer as a daysailor type boat. Do you feel confident at highway speeds, etc.? Any recommendations to make the trailer more solid, or a different trailer altogether?

thanks for any ideas.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:37 am 
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I haul mine from Michigan to Florida and back every winter. The winch is holding the front of the boat down and I have straps about 1/3 and 2/3 of the way back. No problems at all.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:44 pm 
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jeff05 wrote:
I am considering buying a Getaway and am doing some research... I'm curious what experiences you all have while trailering several hours. This is one concern I have, that the boats being so wide and sort of light may not make as solid a connection to the trailer as a daysailor type boat. Do you feel confident at highway speeds, etc.? Any recommendations to make the trailer more solid, or a different trailer altogether?

thanks for any ideas.


A Getaway is a fine boat. You won't regret getting one, if you do so. Trailering seems to be easy for most folks. I did worry that there was inadequate tongue weight on the truck hitch. You might want to ensure the trailer has a spare tire mounted up front to increase the tongue weight. Try to avoid strapping the hulls too tightly to the trailer...especially in the rear as you can damage the skegs if you don't have enough support. The trailer I had (and there seems to be a lot of different trailers in use) was oversprung for the load; so the boat did jounce around some.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:23 pm 
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I usually trailer my Getaway for about an hour, but I've taken it 3 hours away. And I used to own a Hobie 17 that I trailered all over the place, starting from my home in the Chicago area to Ohio, Kentucky, Delaware.
I've never had any problems with trailering the boats, even in high cross winds. They follow along very nicely.

Just make sure your trailer is in good shape. My dealer forgot to put a nut on one of the spring shackles, and didn't grease or properly adjust the hubs. I luckily found the shackle bolt almost all the way out, right before a 3 hour trip. And I had to replace my wheel bearings after the first season.

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