Two of the most vexing problems we hear about are trailers that actually fit a Scamp and how to store oars that are long enough to be of practical use. Well, our crinkled, scribbled and doodled upon napkins have yielded results again. Had to resharpen the pencils a few times too.
Scamp won’t fit on a regular boat trailer because the twin keelsons prevent the use of conventional bunks. And if you try to use a flat bed trailer loading becomes problematic and launching too because the hull then sits so high on the trailer. The flat bow won’t fit a conventional trailer winch chock so it wants to slide sideways…. When loading Scamp #1 on a trailer we also discovered that it wants to skate sideways off the trailer in even the lightest wind or cross current.
Results: The official Gig Harbor Scamp Trailer has three aft rollers. The center rollers grips the lower bow assisting straight loading. The weight of the hull is then transferred to the side rollers via the keelsons. Keelsons are strong points on the hull because we build ’em strong and the weight transfers directly to the hull along the cockpit longitudinals. Scamp continues to load nice and straight guided by the carpeted side guides. As the hull snugs to the front of the trailer the hull is stabilized by the transverse front carpeted bunk and finally the twin carpeted chocks each side of the winch pedestal. Then galvanize the whole shebang, add bearing buddies and you can tow Scamp effortless anywhere any time. EASY to launch! Lift the bow a bit and she slides in easy as pie. This is pricier than our usual bunk style trailer for obvious reasons… it is priced at $1375.
Next on the ‘solution needed’ list was suitable oars. Scamp’s high freeboard and wide beam requires oars at least 9′ long to serve much practical use. But Scamp’s cockpit is just a tad over 8′ long, so where to store the oars? Our solution is a strong, high quality, two piece 9’4″ fiberglass shaft oar. These shafts are designed for whitewater rafting so have plenty of strength and are remarkably lightweight. Then add a spoon blade for efficiency so you can row because you WANT to, not because you HAVE to. Best part is that the oars take down onto lengths that snuggle inside the coamings or alternately can be clipped to fishing pole holders on the vertical faces of the seats.