Rolling Barges meet the requirements of both the Department of Motor Vehicles and the U.S. Coast Guard. These floating trailers tow down the highway at 8.5′ wide and typically do not require special highway permits. They are structurally engineered by a certified Naval Architect and approved by both the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
Rolling Barges are insurable as both a commercial rental and for personal use.
Rolling Barges are typically powered by a single hydrofoil outboard motor that ranges in size from 10 to 60HP. They have a maximum speed of between 4 and 6 mph.
Rolling Barges are designed to provide years of trouble free service in both fresh and salt water. They are constructed with the following materials and components:
- 6061 T6 structural aluminum makes up the main structure.
- 2024 T4 Aluminum Bolts are the primary fastener (anodized for corrosion resistance in salt water).
- Nyloc® locking nuts and Loctite® are used to ensure the bolts stay tight.
- Aqua Plus® pressure treated fir plywood deck (warranted for the life of the barge).
- The deck can be covered with either high quality marine carpet or a polyethylene non-skid surface.
- Dexter Torflex® galvanized axles.
- Air-Tight® Bearing Protectors. Designed for the military to keep the wheel bearings dry for up to one year
continuous submersion www.airtighthubs.com.
- Kodiak Hydraulic Disc Brakes with Stainless Steel Components.
- Polyethylene Drums make up the Primary floatation.
- Sunbrella® marine grade fabric.
For more information please read: Design and Construction of a Rolling Barge (3.8MB PDF)
The following documents are structural engineering and capacity test reports, illustrating our committment to quality and safety — from concept to construction.
Summary of Engineering for Rolling Boat Inc (515KB PDF)
Big Barge Capacity Test Report (2.7MB PDF)
Big Barge Upper Level Stability Report (367KB PDF)
Mini PWC Barge Capacity Test Report (3.1MB PDF)