280 trailer questions

tk1973tk1973 Lake SimcoePosts: 18Member
im looking for a trailer for my 2008 280 ec and was wondering if someone could let me know the length from the bow eye to the transom. In looking at a few used ones I'm not sure the length I need. 

Im assuming triple axles will be required. 

And on on a side note if anyone in Ontario knows where I could grab a used one at a good price please let me know. 

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  • Dude_HimselfDude_Himself Posts: 60Member ✭✭
    I trailer my 280EC. It's a Yacht Club A28120TRB. I could cut it down a few feet if necessary, but I'm happy with the reduced tongue weight (except when I'm first pulling out of the water). I'd go with Electric over Hydraulic braking - I need to convert mine over. It's a lot of weight, and with surge brakes by the time the brakes are dragging it's already pushed the tow vehicle around a bit (yes, they're properly adjusted).
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 2,792Member ✭✭✭✭
    I don't trailer my 280EC, but I do have a trailer for it. I had a Venture VATB-8725 aluminum bunk trailer for it. I didn't like how the boat sat on the trailer, so I sold it and got a Trailmaster T28100BBR trailer that is made for my 280EC. All I had to do was give the purchasing dealer my HIN, which he gave to Trailmaster and they had the specs on it. They made it up and my boat fits perfectly on the trailer and it is painted to match my boat.
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA
    Go Steelers!!!
  • AlswaggAlswagg Posts: 1,728Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Buy a Trailmaster.  
  • tk1973tk1973 Lake SimcoePosts: 18Member
    Would love to but in looking dont think there are any dealers in Canada. I like the idea of not having to set the bunks up. 
  • tk1973tk1973 Lake SimcoePosts: 18Member
    edited August 14
    So I've narrowed it down to a few trailers. Unfortunately trailmaster I can't find in Canada. 

    Im looking at an Excalibur trailer. Not sure if I should go tandem or tri axle. I'm used to tandem so will likely go that route. 

    Question for the ones with a 280, which bunk setup is preferred, the manufacturer doesn't set them up and I'll be on my own. Marina wants $600 to lift and set it up. 

    Thoughts?  


  • Dude_HimselfDude_Himself Posts: 60Member ✭✭
    I don't think the bunks in the first image will hold the 280, and you'll want the forward bunks (they're a smaller, maybe 8' set) that help capture the boat in current/wind.

    I don't have trailer guide posts - important when the docks and ramps are shorter than the boat (at 32') - I can slide the trailer partially under the boat, then as I power forward the forward bunks catch the hull and help center/straighten the boat on the trailer. If it's not floated evenly (if there's a current) I'll pull mostly out, then back in until the boat just floats - and levels - then I'm good to pull all the way out and strap it down.

    I use straps rated at 1500lbs - with a 4T boat you're holding the trailer to the boat, not vice versa.
  • rasburyrasbury Sanford, FLPosts: 3,339Member ✭✭✭✭

    I have a 270 and I tow on a tandem trailer- but I don't trailer very far and probably do a tri axle if I traveled distance or more adverse terrain. I have two bunks in the back that nest just under a flat spot on the transom that is about 8" wide and then I have a "V" in the front for the nose. The ramp I use is real steep- I don't have to worry about current on the river but wind can be a bugger. I leave just the front of the bunks out of or nearly out of the water and drive it up. It's a real challenge sometimes getting it lined up and often pushing it around to get it to settle. It's a lot of fiberglass to get on any trailer, that's for sure...

  • tk1973tk1973 Lake SimcoePosts: 18Member
    I don't have to trailer very far and my driveway requires a sharp 90 degree turn backing it in so think I'm going to look for a tandem setup. The bunks have got me confused though. If I go with he second pic, Wondering if I'll need anything up front for the bow. Most bunk trailers I've seen where the bunks are on their side have nothing up front. 
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 2,792Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 15
    My Venture trailer looked like the second picture, but I added "target" bunks. Not sure if that is an option on that trailer. If it is, I would get them. The first picture looks like my Trailmaster trailer. I will grab a photo for you tomorrow when I am at my marina.

    Could you buy a Trailmaster from a dealer in the states and "export" it to Canada? I am not sure if that is possible or what the costs would be.
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA
    Go Steelers!!!
  • tk1973tk1973 Lake SimcoePosts: 18Member
    Thanks Greg, yeah I left them a message today so we'll see what they say. 
    I'd appreciate a shot of your trailer if your there. It'll give me an idea of what to look for. 
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 2,792Member ✭✭✭✭
    Here are the pics of my current (blue) and old trailers. The Venture has the target bunks that I was talking about. If you get a generic trailer, be sure to have them put keel rollers on it. 

    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA
    Go Steelers!!!
  • tk1973tk1973 Lake SimcoePosts: 18Member
    Amazing... Thanks very much for the pics. 
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 2,792Member ✭✭✭✭
    You're welcome!!
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA
    Go Steelers!!!
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 439Member ✭✭✭
    Not sure about your setup but I can tell you that a good friend who is a Boston Whaler guy has used Excalibur trailers for many years and speaks very highly of them.
    "Knot Quite Shore"
  • GreggGregg OntarioPosts: 52Member ✭✭
    Have a friend that has a Excalibur that loves it and is towing a 310 ec

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