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I got the '76 home and there is about an 8" crack in the keel that will require some fiberglass work to repair, but the rest of the hull is intact. I'm sure there will be inspection ports installed and the foam inside needs to be dried out (had to empty a ton of water out).

Oh well, it's a project boat. It needs new lines, a sail and sail clips. I have to evaluate the rudder and daggerboard but it appears that there are no cracks.

I leak tested the '79 and it appears to be sound. I have some gelcoat work and will eventually want to redo one patch on the chine, but I should be able to get it in the water fairly quickly.

I'm pretty excited about these projects and, most importantly, my kids are too.
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Got both fish trailered 300 miles north to Lake Champlain before the hurricane. I borrowed a jetski trailer and made some adjustments to it. I slid the wheels as far back as possible and moved the bunks out as far as I could to the sides. I also flipped them around so they sloped forward instead of aft. This helped angle the boats towards the front. The bottom fish was set on the bunks and the second one flipped on top of it. We put a few foam kayak blocks in between and some old life preservers stuffed in around the coaming for good measure to separate and take the load off the stern of the bottom boat. Lots of straps, webbing and bungees and off I went. Both made it up safely with no damage and, fingers crossed, will weather the winter indoors up north.

Oh, and 8" wheels to boot!

nice work! I had made a frame using 2x wood material to space (2) boats apart when I double-stacked them like that. I'm still brainstorming to get a more elegant and long-term solution, but I guess either method works if need be.

one thought on your wheel position - you don't want to have them too far back, or the tongue weight will get large. just doing some mild googling suggests that tongue weight should be 10% to 15% of the gross trailer weight. if you trailered it for 300 miles with no trouble, though, it might not really be an issue.

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Thanks Tag. The shifting of the wheels towards the back did exactly what you stated - it brought the somewhat shaky center of gravity towards the tongue of the trailer. Also by flipping the bunks around the noses of the boats were lower in the front which helped the loading. If I was going to do this on a regular basis, I would pick up a basic 12" wheel 4x8 trailer frame from Harbor Freight or Tractor Supply and build an A-frame on it. That being said, it certainly wasn't elegant (or very aerodynamic) but it worked! That's all I could ask and it didn't cost me anything. I sold the Yakima kayak block kit i had purchased to a friend after we got up there so it was a net zero.

The boats are inside our cabin on their sides on pool noodles with drain plugs opened and screened (not enough room to lay them down) for the winter (yikes - did I say that already?), so the next several months will be spent preparing for the spring repairs that lie ahead of me.

I was also able to pick up a used sail from a contact, so with a little sail tape and some new lines and rings we'll be good to go come then. Thanks for all of your help and comments.