My wife and I went to a local demo day this past Saturday. I was hoping she would like one of the 12/14PA or even the 10/14 Native Slayer Propels so she could start kayaking with me. She ended up falling in love with the 17T PA. I thought about it for a while and figured if that's what she really wanted that's what I would get for us!!
I knew I needed a trailer for this big beast so I started looking at some of the yak specific trailers and had quite a bit of sticker shock! I've bought 20ft aluminum boat trailer for less than what they wanted for a KAYAK trailer! I almost went with a used jet ski, but I didn't want to deal with bad tire, rust and no titles that most of the trailers I was finding had.
I ended up finding a pretty good deal on a brand new McClain Jon boat trailer from Academy Sports that I thought would be perfect for the 17t. I was able to reuse almost all of the hardware from the original trailer setup and replaced the wood bunks with 3" EMT conduit like so many others have. Instead of the two supports like I've seen with so many other builds I went with 3 supports for a little added strength.
I started off with this
Rotated and removed the bunks, added unistrut, and moved the axel forward a bit. You can't see it in these pictures, but I also moved the tail lights the back piece of unistrut.
Added the PVC bunks
And finally!!! I just got back from the Eisenhower Yacht Club on lake Texoma and couldn't be happier with their service!!
The boat sitting on the trailer ready for my wife's Birthday Present!