San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico Forums Home 

San Carlos Mexico Forum
Welcome to our forum. In order to post in our forums you must be registered. Please take a minute to register to enjoy the full benefits of the forum. Registration is FREE and your information is kept private. When registering, please make sure your email address is entered correctly-if incorrect, you will not receive your validation message. Please do not use your email address as your user name for your own privacy and security. Gmail account users should check spam or trash folders for our validation message after initial registration. We also suggest you add to your white list.

This message board requires you to register in order to post new topics, reply to topics started by other users, start polls, or vote on polls. As a registered user, you can edit your own posts, upload photos and view our photo gallery, and send private messages to other members of the board. Registered users can keep track of the topics they are interested in, and receive e-mail notifications when someone posts to one of those topics. Registered users can choose a theme and setup a profile, to include hometown, email & web address and avatar if desired.
We do ask that you post in the appropriate forum-look over the subjects and topics of all forums including the mercado section before making your first post. Posts in the wrong forum or not related to San Carlos may be moved or deleted without notice.
Please take a moment and register to enjoy all the benefits of the forum.

 Moderated by: bartmanaz  

Joined: Mon Nov 23rd, 2015
Posts: 1
Looking at some sailboat options, but I've only launched off a trailer at Marina San Carlos with a swingkeel boat, so I've never had any concerns with draft, given I was drawing less than 2 feet.  Searching here I only found references to people having issues with a 5+ foot draft (needing a sufficiently high tide to launch), can someone confirm the launch would work fine for a 25 footer with a less than 4 ft draft?

Current candidate boat is a 23 footer with a 3' 7" draft.  Launch vehicle is an 4x4 Excursion, so lots of weight and contact area with the ground.  I'll add a hitch extension if needed for launching.



Joined: Wed Oct 26th, 2005
Location: Sierra Vista, Arizona USA
Posts: 3468
My thoughts:
1.  Contact Marina San Carlos and get the straight scoop from them.
2.  Have them launch your boat with their tractor.  They can get it in far enough to float.  Your truck not exposed to salt water that way.
3.  Have them launch from your trailer to the water with their hoist lift.  Trailer not exposed to salt water that way.

Good luck


Joined: Sun Oct 23rd, 2016
Location: New Mexico USA
Posts: 45
My boat draws 4'6" and I have to time my trips for High Tide, they shy away on extremely low tides but I do not have a problem as long as I look at the tide tables and look for something favorable during a work day. Even in a pinch, if you have to leave (maybe not on a launch) on a day that is not so good they have accommodated me.

UltraBB 1.172 Copyright © 2007-2014 Data 1 Systems