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Dolphin's Last Trailer Ride  

May 24, 2017 - We got the following emails (consolidated) and photo from David Etherington, owner of Dolphin, Yankee #193 in Eugene, Oregon. Dolphin trailer owners will take notice.


It is with great sadness that I report the loss of Dolphin, Yankee #193.

We were driving her to the lake to launch her for the year when the trailer started to oscillate, pulling us into the ditch. She flew from the trailer, landing in a field 20 feet from the trailer, with a 3-foot crack in her hull below the waterline, a broken rudder, and splinteredcabinetry.

We were going at fairly low speed (~35mph) on a straight, flat, but slightly rutted highway when it suddenly started swinging in rapidly increasing oscillations.

One of the guys here who moves boats professionally said that that can be a sign of insufficient tongue weight, but it was good when we left home. We live at the bottom of a very steep hill, and it's *possible* that something shifted going up, but we'll never know.

The tongue of the trailer was sheered off and still connected to the hitch by the time everything came to a halt.

She will never sail again, and we are devastated, but at least my son and I were unhurt.

Wishing you fair winds and following seas.








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