New Boat and Trailer Follies

I’ve been neglecting the blog lately due to classes starting back up. That said, the end of my summer was fairly eventful, and there were certainly things I should have been blogging about.

First of which, I have acquired another boat! She’s a Johnson Boat Works 16′ J-Sailer from 1980. Getting her home was quite the adventure, since I didn’t really have a proper trailer, and used my 8′ utility trailer to get her back home. Let’s just say I learned a lot about proper weight distribution while towing, and managed to terrify myself (and probably every driver around me) in the process.

She’ll be awaiting next summer to get wet, as there were a few repairs that I didn’t have time to complete this summer:

  • Tiller dry-rotted, needs to be replaced
  • Leech line broken, needs to be replaced
  • Small hole in transom, needs to be repaired
  • Two small holes in sail, needs to be patched
  • Sail bag has holes in bottom. Repaired

Nothing too extreme, though I’m certainly glad I’ve had a chance to hone some of my repair skills on the PDR. Serenity has been very giving in that regard. Never a shortage of things to learn and try out.

I did eventually pick up a dedicated trailer for this one, and here’s a few photos of the debacle that was me attempting to get it off the sawhorses and onto the trailer.

Trailer length looks better. It won't be sticking 8 feet off the back end now, anyway.

Trailer length looks better. It won’t be sticking 8 feet off the back end now, anyway.

Step 1: Use blocks to raise the bow up enough to slide the trailer underneath.

Step 1: Use blocks to raise the bow up enough to slide the trailer underneath.

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Raising the rear and sliding the trailer further under

Raising the rear and sliding the trailer further under

Beauty. She's all set on the trailer.

Beauty. She’s all set on the trailer.

Eww. Bilge water.

Eww. Bilge water.

Draining the cockpit

Draining the cockpit

Lesson: Do not attempt to drain the water out of the craft by tilting it until the bow is secured to the trailer.

Lesson: Do not attempt to drain the water out of the craft by tilting it until the bow is secured to the trailer.

Front roller WAY too high to be useful.

Front roller WAY too high to be useful.

Adjusted to better fit the bow.

Adjusted to better fit the bow.


Bolted a length of chain to the roller post.

Bolted a length of chain to the roller post.

Huge shackle to hold the bow to the trailer.

Huge shackle to hold the bow to the trailer.

All tucked in. More bungee cords needed.

All tucked in. More bungee cords needed.

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