Did You Ever Wonder How One Of Those Enclosd Boat Trailers Works? WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES!

enclosed8You have seen the ads, tried to dream up your own fancy pants design for an enclosed boat trailer. We all would love to be able to ship our boats in a safe from the harshness of the road sort of way. Yes we have the double cover method, flannel inner liner with a weatherproof top. But for the guy that wants even more protection, the enclosed boat trailer is the ultimate option. Thanks to the steady hand of Texx, we can all sit in front of our computers today and pretend that we are on the dock watching all the drama unfold. High drama for sure! Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Thanks also to the boat  “McKenzie” is a 1929 29′ Hackercraft Dolphin Deluxe powered by a Sterling Petrel 200HP / 780 CI 6 cylinder engine and her owner   Owned by Mark Andreae Cincinnati, OH.



Exciting? Just wait, it gets better.

You may want to go get a brown paper bag and breath in and out a bit..

You may want to go get a brown paper bag and breath in and out a bit..

Wow! like watching an episode of Game of thrones.. right.. Right?

Wow! like watching an episode of Game of thrones.. right.. Right?

Phew... The profesionalism of Texx, being able to hold it together while shooting this drama.. Texx you are a real pro.

Phew… The professionalism of Texx, being able to hold it together while shooting this drama.. Texx you are a real pro.



Thanks again to owner Mark Andreae and Texx for holding it together long enough to capture the drama. If you are in anyway been traumatized by these graphic images we deeply apologize for any discomfort.

25 replies
  1. don vogt
    don vogt says:

    McKenzie is a beautifully restored boat and was one of the stars at the ACBS annual show at Table Rock last Fall. The trailer is a great set-up and I hope it encourages Mark to bring the boat around to some of the shows here in the West. Gripping set of shots!

  2. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Do you have a shot of what the trailer looks like when fully enclosed. It look’s like the top expands over the boat, but what covers the back of the trailer? I have never seen one like this before.

  3. Richard Gambino
    Richard Gambino says:

    Moan, huh, where am I. I must have passed out from the excitement. Would love to see pics of the cover in place and if he can fold it forward himself. Is it on a motorized track? Did he build it himself? More sordid details please.

  4. Jim VZ
    Jim VZ says:

    The cover itself is on a track an retracts to cover the whole boat then zippers and velcro’s in the rear. It is a sweet trailer. i have seen it in person.

  5. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    When you’ve got 200k in a boat, what’s another 15k – 20k for an enclosed trailer to protect your investment and then another 60k for tow vehicle, then accomodations (you can’t have a boat like that and stay at Motel 6 unless you own the chain). Love that big Sterling Petrol.

  6. matt
    matt says:

    We don’t have any pics of the trailer nor do we know the brand. Sorry. Ya get what ya pay for in your subscription fees.

  7. Randy Rush Captain Grumpy
    Randy Rush Captain Grumpy says:

    I saw one of these at the Meredith NH boat show last year. Talk about trailer queens!

  8. Tom
    Tom says:

    Here is another version that we have for my dads 30′ Hacker.

    The boat rides on it’s original trailer that is winched into a 44′ enclosed trailer. Once we arrive at a show/lake we winch the boat out of the trailer into the parking lot. Then we hook up the truck to the boat and into the water she goes. Total time under 30 minutes.
    Not only does the enclosed trailer help keep the boat clean but it prevents damage along the road (i.e. broken windshields on the way to Tavares 3 years ago).
    Also it doubles as garage in the winter months.

  9. tommy holm
    tommy holm says:

    I believe Barton Boatworks built that trailer in Holland, MI by Kyle Barton and Ben Huzienga. It’s got nice graphics on the trailer sides. Can’t miss it going down the road.

  10. Chad
    Chad says:

    Oh, I could just see my father trying to back one of these rigs into the water at the local boat ramp. He has a hard enough time launching me and the boat with a pick-up.

    “OK OK… a little more…a little more…STOP!!!!!! WTF are you doing? Now pull ahead a little bit… a little bit more.. STOP! OK OK OK… Looking good… looking good… STOP!”

  11. Texx
    Texx says:

    Thanks to everyone who sent us links to Coyote Trailers and Barton Boatworks, and sorry it took a while for us to approve the comments with the links.

    For purposes of controlling SPAM related comments we have to approve any comments with links. Normally we can approve them immediately (from our iPhones) but we missed a few earlier today.

    The enclosed trailer that Mark Andreae built for McKenzie (shown above in today’s story) is both beautiful and functional as a boat trailer.

    I probably walked by that trailer 20 times during the Sunnyland Show, but for some reason never snapped a side view photo of the trailer with the side-curtain system fully closed.

    I checked both the website links from viewers today and can’t seem to find any photos of the trailer to add to today’s story. So if anyone has a shot please send it to us and we will post it here.

    We should note that the enclosed trailer for “Grandpa’s Dream” that Tom sent us today is also a great looking trailer. Ben Huzienga from Holland, Michigan is a master at designing and building enclosed trailers for classic boats.

  12. frank Miklos
    frank Miklos says:

    Here is one that I built the week before Dora in 2009. The boat was finished the day we left and did not want a tarp touching the hull, and the weather was bad for the trip down… It has been upgraded to having full padding on the interior. works very well and you can launch very easily… I plan to build 2 or 3 more of different sizes. This will fit 18′ and under boats. Without changing the bunk location it will fit all Century 18′ inboards from 1949-1955. Maybe through 1961. And with minor adjustments it will hold pre-war Centurys up through 1948. made with a product called bolotex. A fiberglass like board. 1/4″ and very strong.

  13. Earl Lowe
    Earl Lowe says:

    The tarp system on the Coyote boat trailer is a Fastrak Rolling Tarp System made by Tarpstop in Perrysburg, OH. I know as I work there and I’m the one who painted the graphics on the sides. Check them out http://www.tarpstop.com

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