June, 1975, a boat dealer in Oklahoma modified my trailer to fit
the Matilda with a neat and simple arrangement. Two side
"bunks" are supported by steel uprights at front & rear
and by two center braces. The "bunks" are pressure
treated 2x4's covered in indoor-outdoor carpeting.
bunks are just over 9 feet long and are 50 inches apart, canted inward a
few degrees to match the hull shape. They are about 12 inches above the
trailer frame at the front and rear and about 8 inches in the center and
are placed below the boat's V-berth and quarter berth structures
which supports the boat and does not deform the hull.
dealer recommended a two wheel trailer in place of a tandem arrangement. Tandem
wheels are usually smaller than single wheels and therefore turn faster,
the tires run hotter and are more likely to blow out. Also, if one
tire does blow out, it's mate will probably also blow out before you
notice and get the rig stopped. So, if you use tandem wheels, carry
two spare wheels, not one.
boat rides quite low on the trailer and the keel bulb rests on the trailer
frame, almost level with the trailer axle. The low center of
gravity provides very stable handling on the road, which is
especially noticeable on curves, etc.