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jxs226 posted 02-26-2001 10:44 AM ET (US)   Profile for jxs226   Send Email to jxs226  
Folks -

I finally removed the roller bunks from my '64 Sakonnet's '79 Holdsclaw trailer this weekend and could hear the boat sigh in relief along with me. The roller bunks were 6 feet long and I am going to fabricate a pair of six foot (2 X 4) carpeted bunks. I am curious to hear any advice you might have on bunk fabrication methods:

- Wood type?
- Adhesive for adhering carpet to wood?

Any additional tips would be greatly appreciated.


triblet posted 02-26-2001 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I'd use pressure-treated 2x4s (MAYBE 2x6s).
Current trailer has 2x4s.

The carpet is typically stapled using a
staple gun and monel or SS staples. West
and my local hardware store both of the
staples. Obviously, staple on the back
side so your gelcoat isn't rubbing on the

Spray the carpets with silicone and let it
dry before you put the boat on.

How many bunks? My Montauk (same hull, more
or less) trailer has four. I think the back
two are four feet and the front two are more
like six.


jxs226 posted 02-26-2001 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jxs226  Send Email to jxs226     
Thanks for the help, Chuck. I am simply going to add two 6 foot rear bunks for lateral stability since this old Holdsclaw trailer has 6 keel rollers!

I had thought of using staples to attach the carpet, but thought there might be a 3M adhesive that was preferred or could be used in conjuntion with staples.


MikeC posted 02-26-2001 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for MikeC  Send Email to MikeC     
I prefer glue,I think it does a much nicer job.Just my 2 cents
ShrimpBurrito posted 06-09-2002 01:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
My carpeted bunks that need replacing are glued. What kind of glue do you use?
Ed Z posted 06-09-2002 04:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Z  Send Email to Ed Z     
How about water proofing the boards first (poly or varnish) then using something like Weldwood contact cement for the carpet...
SeaHag posted 06-09-2002 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for SeaHag  Send Email to SeaHag     
I just replaced the bunks on my trailer that supports a 20' OR. Originally there were 2x4's and I went with 2x6'. One bit of advice if you go with the wider boards, you may knock off your anchor locker clamshell when you load it on to your trailer. Keep this in mind.

To counter that I just slightly offset the boards so they would not be in the way.

Instead of SS staples I used galvanized roofing nails (Not the square head design) and nailed the carpet from the underside about every 6 inches. I also applied "Liquid Rollers" to the carpet and let it dry before loading.

My trailer only has three crossmembers where rollers can be installed. I replaced them also with Stoltz 12"ers.

timmyb posted 06-10-2002 02:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for timmyb  Send Email to timmyb     
Just an idea i used on my bunk's. I took 2x4's treated of course just to make sure, sprayed heavy duty adhesive then covered bunks with indoor outdoor carpeting from Home depot. I also stapled carpet to bottom of bunks using ss staples works just fine.

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