Posted by: abc on Dec-31-12 2:04 PM (EST)
"However, I don't think I exaggerate my personal and objective experience by saying that, in more than 60 years of boating with thousands of paddlers, I can only recall one person who used a trailer to tote a lone kayak. "
We can say the same about personal computer vs mainframe computers! When the first PC came out, "experience" would have told you that in 20 years of computing history, most people used mainframe computers!
Trails were initially build for hauling multiple boats so existing ones don't do well hauling light load of 1 single kayak. But there're now trailers specifically designed to haul 1 or 2 kayaks on the market. I haven't heard much negative from their owners.
More over, most people don't have the "experience" of pulling a trailer behind their car. So they go for the "familiar" of car topping! How many threads do you see on Pnet on "how to load a heavy boat solo"? If that's not a drawback of car topping, I don't know what is. Whether trailering trade the loading problem only to have other disadvantages, is what the OP was seeking information on, from first hand experience of those owning trailers.
The OP got enough useful replies from trailer owners. That's what really matters.
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