> My college's club has $850 to spend on a trailer for windsurfs,
> kayaks, etc. It would have to be able to carry at least 4 boards +
> rigs and 2 kayaks. We're not master builders or anything. Any advice
> on how we might purchase an affordable trailer / kit? We're in
> Gloucester Point, ***ia.
it really depends whether you need it enclosed or not. If your gear
lives in a storage shed at a club facility, and you're only using the
trailer for road trips and don't mind loading, then $850 is easily
done. Get a utility trailer, or a used boat trailer, then either use
lumber to build some sort of racking system on top, or have a local
welder make you one. Not a big deal, and very effective - but all the
gear is exposed.
If you're looking for enclosed - anything long enough for kayaks (I
assume sea kayaks or sit-on-tops, not playboats) or longboards, for
that matter, will be very heavy and very expensive (even used - think
Wells Cargo/Interstate/etc. type trailers, or snowmobile trailers,
etc.). So even if you want most of the windsurfing gear enclosed,
you'll probably have the kayaks and longboards (if you have any) on a
rack on top.
Next question with enclosed trailers - how much weight can you
stomach? You can easily build a box from 2x4's and plywood. That's got
a lot of issues with rot and moisture, and it's heavy. I live in a wet
climate, my gear always lives in the trailer, I wanted to tow it with
a Subaru, and I needed a fair amount of space (racer, don't even go
there...), so here's what I ended up doing:
If you guys come up with something ingenious, be sure to publish it -
people are always curious about different solutions to this issue.