New owner in the Chesapeake Bay Area with trailer question.

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I am a new member that just purchased a Freedom 235 that is not due for delivery until April or so (long time to wait for an immediate gratification type). Primary boating has been in Florida (Cedar Key and Marco Island) and Colorado using an 18 ' Seaswirl Striper. I had used it a few times on the Chesapeake and was feeling size limited so decided to upgrade. With the Striper weighing about 2ooo # and the Freedom 235 about 7000 # and not trailering much in the new area I have a trailer question. I am buying a new trailer with the Freedom 235 and would like input on the advantage of bunkers vs. rollers on the trailer. I have bunkers on my current boat but have been told that factoring in tides, a roller trailer may be better since I may be able to offload and load in low tide conditions. The tides in Colorado are relatively stable (LOL). I know that this is a question for which 10 people will have 15 answers but thought that I would throw it out anyway. Thanks for any input.
 

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Yes, I hope they were not talking about 2023! That was the fastest that the dealer said that they could get it. I guess that everyone wants a Grady.
 

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Go to the launch ramp that you would use and watch what others have as trailers. Bring lunch, and hang out. it may be entertaining!
Really, see what works for other similar sized boats. It will be the best advice you can get.
 

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Yes, I hope they were not talking about 2023! That was the fastest that the dealer said that they could get it. I guess that everyone wants a Grady.
Wow! I hope your dealer actually placed the order with Grady, and is not waiting until he has more "sold". I know the build time is running long, but that's really out there.
Good luck. I hope it comes in for you before the end of the year.
 

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Wow! I hope your dealer actually placed the order with Grady, and is not waiting until he has more "sold". I know the build time is running long, but that's really out there.
Good luck. I hope it comes in for you before the end of the year.
I really hope that also but he was sure that it would not be this boating season. He said that the earliest that they would have the boat finished would be Feb. or so. Since we expect to be out of the country in March (covid willing) April seemed just fine. I notice that you have the next Freedom model up (the 255), how do you like it?? What kind of trailer do you use? (if any)
 

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Go to the launch ramp that you would use and watch what others have as trailers. Bring lunch, and hang out. it may be entertaining!
Really, see what works for other similar sized boats. It will be the best advice you can get.
I actually hope to have it in covered storage in North Chesapeake, with many of the launches using a lift but I will be taking it all over the bay looking for fish.
 

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I’ve had both bunks and rollers on previous boat trailers. And have bunks with my 228.

I prefer bunks as they are dead simple and rarely have issues. Also in my experience with bunks you can get the boat to sit lower on the trailer, which reduces the water depth needed to float it off. I would choose bunks, but in the end you need to work with the trailer and boat dealers to get it set up to your liking.
 

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My .02. I have a much larger Grady, 282, same area though as you. I don't trailer it, the last guy did extensively, venture trailer with bunks. He had it down around Solomon's, I'm near Annapolis. I also now own a Scout 251XS, that came with bunks and I managed to float it in practically nothing. A lot of the smaller ramps around here, my community has one, can be unusable at anything but high tide. A guy I fish with has a 29 Regulator that we've launched at Sandy Point in all water conditions, never an issue with that ramp. He has Bunks and an F250 that we've had to lock in to 4wd when things were low and slick. I think they are more reliable as there are no moving parts of any kind and the only maintenance you'll really have to do it replace the carpet once in a blue moon. As a kid I saw a guy with rollers mistakenly unhook at a ramp one time and the thing rolled right off the back and landed on the ground as he put the truck in gear. Oversight on his part but that prob doesn't happen with the wood, more forgiving.
 

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The main issue is launch water depth but also consider that if you tend to launch and haul by yourself, bunks can be an advantage mainly since it is less likely that the boat will roll backwards off the trailer when hauling.
On the other hand, at some ramps, it may be easier to crank a hull up snug with a roller trailer. If you go rollers, remember that you can;t have too many:) but can easily have too few especially for heavier loads..
 

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Thanks everyone for the information. I think that I will spec bunks for the trailer and just watch the tide charts for launch and retrieve. The trailer that I have now for my 18' Seaswirl is a bunk trailer and I am very happy with it although the tides in Colorado don't cause too many problems.:) Thanks for the input.