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Initially Posted - 10/02/2018 :  14:18:37  Show Profile
Do any C250 owners know the actual width of their boat on the trailer? Sailboatdata says the beam is 8'5". Most states limit trailer width to 8'6".

I'd also be interested to know if anyone has ever been called on this issue either by the police or at a weigh station.

I'm guessing most owners just risk it without getting an oversize permit.


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Response Posted - 10/02/2018 :  22:10:27  Show Profile
I bought my C250WB new and the Catalina dealer said it doesn't need a wide-load permit in California.
Most states don't require pick-ups or trailers to stop at weigh stations.
Where do you live?

Russ Johnson
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Response Posted - 10/03/2018 :  05:06:55  Show Profile
Since the C250 water ballast was designed specifically for trailer towing, it's safe to assume that its beam was designed to be compliant with the 8'6" width limitation.

Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
PO of Take Five, 1998 Catalina 250WK #348 (relocated to Baltimore's Inner Harbor)
New owner of 2001 Catalina 34MkII #1535 Breakin' Away (at Rock Hall Landing Marina)

Edited by - TakeFive on 10/03/2018 05:07:27
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Response Posted - 10/03/2018 :  05:45:27  Show Profile
I wouldn't worry about the 250 satisfying the 8'6 width limit. It was built for trailer ability. I'd be more concerned that your tow vehicle and trailer including tire ratings are rated to handle it.

Sailing out of Glen Cove,L.I Sound

Edited by - islander on 10/03/2018 05:50:56
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Response Posted - 10/03/2018 :  06:28:25  Show Profile
Henk Grasmeyer and his wife towed their C-250WB all over the USA and Canada, living in it along the way--I'm not aware they needed any permits, but you could ask him directly. On the forum, he's zeil. Click this link to get to his profile, and use "Click to send an E-mail".

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Now on Eastern 27 $+!nkp*+ Sarge

Edited by - Stinkpotter on 10/03/2018 06:29:48
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Response Posted - 10/03/2018 :  09:23:17  Show Profile  Visit DavidCrosby's Homepage
I have towed my C250WK many places and have traveled in a caravan with another C250 (wb), a Hunter 260 and a Santana 2023. The Hunter 260 is over the 8'6" limit. We have been through many toll booths in the Chicago area. The Hunter 260 was called out one time for being over the width limit. The rest of us have never had anything said. I am confident the C250 is legal as is.

David Crosby "Small World"
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Response Posted - 10/05/2018 :  13:32:42  Show Profile
I second islanders comments... And watch out for Semi's on narrow two lane road bridges! There's some serious stress there!

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Response Posted - 10/05/2018 :  17:28:20  Show Profile

The trailer and boat are designed to be within the 8'6" legal requirements. However, the boat loading guides add another approx., 5" to each side of the trailer/boat width.

Accurate driving is required in cities, construction zones, bridges and other narrow 2 lane roads.

Henk & Johanna
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"Sea ya" 30ft Bayliner (04-2018 - 09-2018)
"Mariah" '96 C250WB #191 (05-2019 - 15-05-2023)
"Lady J" '00 C250WK #499 (05-2021 - 09-2022)
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