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t2me posted 06-21-2000 11:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for t2me   Send Email to t2me  
I broke bunk 3 weeks ago on EZloader 5800 trailer with no keal rollers. Saw in this post that their necessary. Whats the deal? Dealer fitted it and said whaler recommends only bunks. any suggestions please?
kingfish posted 06-22-2000 07:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I do not claim to be conversant with the documentation BW provides for the Brunswick era Whalers, although I suspect it is the same or very similar to that for pre-Brunswick. My first recommendation to you as a boat owner is to read with your own eyes what BW says; with the best of intentions, the dealer might not have it right. What I suspect your dealer is erroneously relating to you is that BW recommends bunks in every instance over roller bunks under the hull in general. What I suspect he does not understand is that rollers *are* recommended *under the keel* with the bunks adjusted so they are stabilizing the boat to carry the weight on the keel, on the keel rollers. Roller bunks in lieu of padded bunks under areas other than the keel will act to delaminate the fiberglass from the foam over time.
jimh posted 06-22-2000 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
One reason dealers might have for not fitting out with a trailer with keel roller and bunks is it is hard to find such a trailer these days in the catalogues of big trailer manufacturers.

If you look at Shorelandr, for example, they do not have a trailer in their 2000 catalogue that has enough cross members to make keel rollers practical.

And many of the newer trailer designs don't have a cross member at the rear of the trailer at all! It makes it hard to mount a keel roller under the transom if there isn't a cross member.

If the dealer sells a particular trailer under his other boat lines, he probably sells that one under the Boston Whalers. Whether that's the best choice for the boat and the buyer is secondary.


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