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Freaking Out While Hauling Out

Capricorn Cat owner Wayne Hendryx of Brisbane mimics a total freak out after the trailer hauling his boat broke down in Guaymas.

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"We got this great deal on getting my 45-ft cat hauled out at Singlar in Guaymas," Wayne Hendryx of the Brisbane-based Capricorn Cat told us at Caleta Partida during Sea of Cortez Sailing Week. "The guys up there built a special trailer, so the in and out is only going to be $500. I think that Guy Bunting’s Vista-based M&M 48 Elan has already hauled there, and if all goes well, several other cats will haul after us."

Five hundred sounded like a heck of a good price. Maybe, too good. The ingenious folks of Mexico are great when it comes to cobbling things together out of almost nothing, but there is no engineering involved, and little, if any, margin for error. The trailer used to pull Capricorn Cat out of the water is a perfect example.

The bad news is that the trailer failed some 20 feet short of Cap Cat‘s intended space on land, leaving the big cat tilted back at a 15º angle for two days. The good news is the cat didn’t suffer any damage, and the trailer — such as it is — was repaired.

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