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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:26 am 
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I'm starting this forum to show the transformation of a regular boat trailer to a TI trailer. We had another tear drop trailer that we were top loading the TI and it was becoming a daunting task that honestly made us not want to take the boat out as much. After debating whether we should spend more money on buying a kayak trailer we decided it was the right choice. I then started looking up trailer companies that make trailers specifically for the tandem island. I decided on one company in Idaho and asked for a quote. We recieved a quote for over 7k which included shipping from Idaho to Phoenix az. We were shocked by the high price and the wait time for completion. I guess there is a trailer shortage. This started the journey of trying to find a trailer locally. I initially started looking at trailers that were light weight and meant for aluminum fishing boats and kayaks. I found these to be cheap and flimsy with wheels that looked like shopping cart wheels. People were still asking over 2k+ for these trailers that still needed to be modified. Crazy I thought. I started looking at normal boat trailers at this point. Much more options stated to show up. The quality was much better and the cost was a fraction of the flimsy trailers. I ended up finding a listing for a trailer that had recently been re painted and had newer tires listed nearby for 1k. We checked it out and found it to be a solid trailer. It has a nice side step already on the side which will be useful for the future plans of adding a cargo box above the boat to store the seats, tramps and mirage drive etc. The kicker with the trailer is that I had to take the boat that was on the trailer. We purchased the trailer and now started the transformation. I know this trailer will be pretty heavy duty for the application but I think it will make for a very stable platform.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 4:05 pm 
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First I had to get rid of the boat that was in terrible condition.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:58 pm 
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New wheel for the front and the boards are off. Checking to see the general width of the new cradles. Next will be determining where to have the cradles placed.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:41 am 
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Thinking about having the cradles placed 100 and 150 inches aft of the bow. Anyone else have measurements on what their trailer is? Or an opinion?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:03 am 
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That's a nice sturdy trailer there.
The cradles on my (Hobie UK dealer supplied) trailer are 1.7m (67") apart (measured to centres), with the front one roughly 2.3m (90") back from the bow. There is also support for the bow just in front of the snubber.
I replicated the above spacing for the storage cradles hung from my garage ceiling.
Hope that helps.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:06 am 
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RedKite wrote:
That's a nice sturdy trailer there.
The cradles on my (Hobie UK dealer supplied) trailer are 1.7m (67") apart (measured to centres), with the front one roughly 2.3m (90") back from the bow. There is also support for the bow just in front of the snubber.
I replicated the above spacing for the storage cradles hung from my garage ceiling.
Hope that helps.


Thank you very much that was the exact help I was looking for. That's likely what I'll go with! Thanks Redkite!


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