Antique Boat Center Offers Solutions for Special Trailering Needs of Wooden Vintage Boats

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Antique Boat Center offers a line of boat trailers that are uniquely designed to preserve the natural beauty of wooden hulls and accommodate the special needs of classic and vintage boat enthusiasts.

With the growing popularity of wooden boat runabouts among vintage boating and car enthusiasts, Antique Boat Center now offers custom-designed vintage boat trailers for easy launch and retrieval; with features that are ideal for frequent travelers to classic boat shows, as well as the evening sunset cruiser.

The beautiful chrome cutwater, mahogany hull, and often oak frames of vintage boats need more than a budget roller bunk and a polyurethane V-bow stop with a winch hooking to an eye bolt in the stem. For added support and protection, Antique Boat Center's classic boat trailers start with a C-channel or box frame structure. "I" beam aluminum, sized correctly, provides effective support with reduced weight. A trailer used in brackish or salt water must be galvanized or a combination of aluminum and galvanized cross braces with stainless steel bolts and hardware. Galvanized and aluminum can be painted to match the bottom color of your woodie or interior for a concourse show look. Flush systems can be added if use in salt is a possibility. Select wheels and colors are available to match custom tow vehicles to top off a show-quality antique wooden boat with a classic car or truck.

Jeremy Bragg, chief mechanical technician at the Antique Boat Center, orders all custom trailers with four bunks to give maximum support to the hull. These antique boat trailers also include a drop propeller cage to protect bronze propellers from damage, cresting curbs, or launch ramp challenges.

An adjustable goal post style bow stop, which the rub rail of the deck rests against, supports forward movement of the boat, while allowing movement for cover installation or "slip back" of the classic boat when retrieving from the water. Adjustable load guides help keep the boat centered while loading and are able to be stored on the trailer when not being used.

Since the trailer should always be designed to hold the weight of the boat for a soft ride, Antique Boat Center determines the weight of the boat and adjusts the axle spring weight to carry the boat, fuel, and gear for a ride that softly carries the woodie to the next rendezvous.

Balanced wheels and a swing away tongue reduces overall length; features that make a quality wood boat trailer and make your wood boat experience safe and enjoyable.

The braking system is critical in safe trailering to the many Antique and Classic Boating Society events. Disc brakes or drum brakes are available in electric or hydraulic surge on Antique Boat's wood boat trailers. Both systems work well with the electric needing simple controls added to tow vehicles.

Topping off these custom trailers, a logo can be added on the frame that lets onlookers know the year and manufacturer of Chris Craft, Century, Gar Wood, or any other of the dominate wooden boat builders of the last century.

About Antique Boat Center
Established in 1990, Antique Boat Center is one of the largest antique and classic boat sales/brokerage firms in North America. The company's 22,000 sq. ft indoor showroom in Cincinnati, OH displays 60 - 80 vintage boats for sale and includes a full service wooden boat restoration department for serving the classic and antique boat marketplace. For a quality wooden boat trailer, contact Antique Boat Center at 513-242-0808 or visit our website at:

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Dennis Ryan