To take my next steps on the boat I need to to get the trailer done, so I’ve spent the past three boat-weekends working on the trailer. Before I go further, I will be very honest here and tell you that I’m not going for “best trailer ever seen” with this project. I want the trailer to work for 10 more years or so. You might remember that I got the trailer straightened a while ago. This is the best image I found of the bent trailer.Right about where the trailer says “Ski Nautique” it is bent.
The area that was repaired or straightened was painted with primer and can be seen in this photo as the grey area.
Now, you might also notice the main problem with my trailer in this photo. Rust. The main rails of the trailer are very solid, but the secondary structure had become quite rusty. This area sits under the steps that go on the side of the trailer. You stand on them to hop into the boat. The steps are wood, covered with carpet. The steps were quite rotten, so they needed to be replaced.
Thus, I got a product made to stop rust. I could have sandblasted the entire trailer, repaired the metal and made the trailer like new – but I’m not going to do that. The product that I got is called Por 15. It is black.
Once I started to paint the trailer with the Por 15 I found more and more rust. In the end I basically painted the entire trailer. Susie came out and looked at what I was doing and said, “I think the trailer looks better in black.” I agreed, and got some top-coat paint and painted the entire thing gloss black. It looks good from 10 feet or so.
I spent the afternoon today completely re-wiring the entire trailer. I got new wires & lights and just made everything electrical new. Right when I finished with the last light a thunderstorm came through so I don’t have any photos of the finished product. Just imagine the image above with running lights, tail lights and new wire everywhere. It took quite a while to do all of that. I now understand why trailers cost so much money. After wiring this one I don’t think I want to do it again. I hope the lights all work.
Next up is installing the rails (the parts the boat sits on) and the side steps (running boards). For this step I have a template I got from a friend and I get to play with some plywood. I have to make sure the template fits and then cut plywood to match before covering it with carpet and installing it on the trailer. Then I will finally be ready to put this under the boat and haul it out of the garage for some of the next steps I need to take on the boat itself. I’ll be glad to work on the boat again and stop fiddling with the trailer.