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Boat Trailering Guys,
I have a 1986 Christ Craft Scorpion 210 open bow, The trailer is a custom trailer of metal tube construction. The trailer needs new tires new brakes, new wiring, new winch and the list goes on. Am I better off to purchase a new trailer and if so what is the best on the market. I plan to be boating in salt water in the future. Thanks for yourr help there are so many manufactures out there I have no idea where to start, it seems that no one does reviews on trailers like they do on boats and trucks.
Answered on: 4/2008
believe that you will find that once you start adding everything up it would be more cost effective to replace the trailer. Not only do you need to factor in the cost of the parts but you also must consider the sweat equity (and bruised knuckles) that you will encounter. I recently rebuilt a small trailer for my aluminum fishing boat and while I was able to keep the costs down on the parts it did take up quite a bit of my fishing time. If I had to do it over again I would have replaced the trailer. There are many good trailer manufacturers out there for your size boat. For your use in saltwater you should look for a galvanized or aluminum trailer, not painted steel. I would find a reputable trailer dealer in your local area that will provide you with their recommendations as well as their service in assisting you with the initial setup for your boat and trailer as well as in the future for any service needs that may arise.