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FISHNFF posted 12-20-2001 01:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for FISHNFF   Send Email to FISHNFF  
My friend just called me with a problem I could not resolve, so I thought I would present it to the pro's here. He has a 1994 Outrage 19 with a livewell/leaning post. The thru-hull was mounted below the console(he has the flip-up console). The problem lies with the trailer. It is a 4 bunk Pacific and the thru-hull rests on the bunk. The original one was plastic and would ride along the bunk during loading/unloading. Unfortunately this would break and needed to be replaced on an anual basis. A bronze replacement lasted, but is now tearing up the bunk. The bunk is in the bet position for weight distribution. What are his options? I suggested adding rollers and moving the bunks. Anyone else?
lhg posted 12-20-2001 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
JimH also has a 4 bunk Pacific trailer under his Whaler, and from what I have seen, the bunk "stubs" are welded to the frame, so the bunks can't be moved. I would eliminate the inner bunks and install keel rollers. One problem I have noted is that the Pacific trailers are not really designed for Classic Whalers, because the trailer frame "V" is too deep for the Classic Whaler V hull. This makes keel roller installation difficult. There is a picture in Cetacea of Tom Byrum's 18 Outrage on a 4 bunk Pacific trailer.

Tom, where have you been lately?

FISHNFF posted 12-20-2001 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
Thanks. I just spoke to him and advised him of the possible damage to the hull where the thru-hull intake is. He will most likely take the rig to Pacific Trailers in Newark and have them do all the mods. What page are Tom's whaler pictures? It will take me days to download and check every one!
lhg posted 12-20-2001 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Page 8. Use the photo log to find photos quickly.
Tom B posted 12-25-2001 02:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom B  Send Email to Tom B     
Hey Larry Im back. I changed my password and then forgot it so I was lurking for awhile. My Pacific Trailers bunks are adjustable. Its only a couple years old, maybe they changed on the later trailers.
JimH can you fix my email address by taking one of the Ks off the front? I had o use a bogus email address to get back on.
Ed Stone posted 12-26-2001 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
I would think that if the ramps you most
often use require you to drag your boat up
a bunk style trailer.A roller style trailer
would be advisable.
I have had both style of trailers.
I rebuilt the keel roller trailer for my
16foot whaler with stoltz rollers and
stainless steel axles.After the proper
adjustment of trailer.(rollers,bunks)
Loading and unloading became a breeze.

With the bunk style aluminum trailer I
back it into the water about halfway up
the fenders leaving 2 to 3 feet of bunk
showing.With the trailer guides and the
design of the bunks the boat self centers.
As far as the thru-hulls go I marked the
spots where they rested on the bunks.
I then pulled back the carpet and used a
saw to allow room for the thru-hull.
I then pulled the carpet back and stapled
it with ss staples.With the boat loaded
the thru-hulls sit right in the relief cuts.
Good luck!Ed Stone

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