Trailer for sale

One of the odd/funny things about this boat project has been the unexpected surprises. Last fall I got a trailer. I needed a trailer and the one I purchased was in good shape. It is an “after-market” trailer made by a now-defunct company called DHM trailers. It needed a little work, which I detailed earlier in my blog here and here. The end result is a good-looking trailer with new carpet on the rails.

New bunk rails
New bunk rails

I had no way of knowing that I would end up with a second trailer. The purple tree-Nautique was purchased with a year-correct (for my boat) 1993 Ski Nautique trailer. I don’t recall if I have pointed this out in the past, but the purple boat trailer was bent pretty bad. In the photo below note how the trailer turns upwards in front of the bow of the boat. The main rail of the trailer is supposed to be horizontal, that is, parallel with the ground.

No boat on the trailer
No boat on the trailer

The Ski Nautique trailer, unlike the DHM trailer, is small enough to barely fit into my garage. It also cradles the boat a little lower to the ground, for more garage-door clearance. Thus, I started to think about fixing up this trailer. To make a long story shorter, I am now restoring a trailer and a boat. I’m not sure that is progress or if I am just crazy. Don’t ask my wife which answer she thinks is correct…

First step was to see if the trailer could be bent back to straight. I took it to Glenn’s Welding in Lynnwood, WA. In a spirit of openness, my sister-in-law is the daughter of one of the owners of Glenn’s, but I can honestly say they are a great welding/trailer shop. They looked at the trailer and decided it could be “flame-straightened.” If I got the image correct the idea is to use a large torch to heat up the metal to the point where it can be bent back to straight. The price was right so I asked them to do the work. I could NOT be happier with the results. The trailer is dead-straight again.

To straighten the trailer I had to remove the bunk rails and the step-pads on the side. Almost predictably, the step pads are rotten. The step-pads are made of wood wrapped with carpet. I will need to make new plywood pads and cover them with carpet which will then need to be installed onto the trailer. I will need to also reinstall the bunk rails and re-carpet those. Oh, and there is some rust to take care of, and I need to repaint the entire thing. I will post photos of everything in the near future.

So, I want to sell the other trailer. Anybody looking for a 1999 Ski Nautique trailer? Let me know.

4 thoughts on “Trailer for sale”

  1. True flame bending takes advantage of the change in crystalline structure and size of the steel molecules. A welder heats the steel in a triangular shape and the crystine structure changes “bending” the beam. You can heat the top of a cantelirvered iron bar in a red hot triangle and watch the cantelirvered end lift up, defying gravity! You probably have seen flame bent beams before – think space needle’s vertical beams. Bent by a guys family that was my engineering prof at the UW. The family “invented” it to restore iron buildings that had collapsed in fires. A little heat in the right places and the steel trusses re-erect themselves.

    There you have it, more than anyone ever wanted to know about flame bending, but it is really cool

    1. Chris – I should have updated this post. The DHM trailer has been sold and the money invested into fixing up the other trailer.

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