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Lagged posted 07-12-2002 11:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for Lagged   Send Email to Lagged  
Hello, I have a 1961 13' BW. I have been taking it around places to get fiberglass and paint work done on it. After I bought it back from the painter, one of the bunks slipped (he took them off to paint the trailer). It cracked the back in the two places, where the end of the bunk meets the transom. These are large chips which I repair with Marine Tex and then Immeron paint, but I need to fix the traile. I brought the middle roller up all the way so that it has most of the weight. Is there anything else I should do to it?

Here are some pictures

This is where the boat is when I trailer it:

This is the trailer config (note I have the boat back to work on the repairs, it is really about a foot more on the trailer)

The damage (similar on the other side)

Cpt Quint posted 07-12-2002 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
It appears that you have things pretty well in control. I would go back to the guy who poorly reassembled your bunks and have a real long heart felt conversation with him.
Lagged posted 07-12-2002 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lagged  Send Email to Lagged     
Well, he did spray Immeron for an extremly low cost.
Lagged posted 07-12-2002 04:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lagged  Send Email to Lagged     
Is it ok for the bunks to extend beyond the back of the boat? Would it be better to mvoe it so that they end before they come to the end there? Like if all of the bunk was under the boat and not sticking out at all? I would have to weld a alot of stuff onto the trailer so I don't want to have to do this, but If i do i will.
Jay A posted 07-12-2002 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
If I were you I would angle the bunk brackets outboard, that would get them away from the skids. It makes loading and un-loading alot easier and will prevent damage. That is what I've done to my 13' 1970 Sport.
WantaWhale posted 07-16-2002 12:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
Jay A,
Can you explain what you mean by angle the bunk brackets outboard? Do you mean on the very right and left sides of the boat?

I have been thinking about changing mine over this way and wondering if it would help loading.

Thanks, Fletch

Jay A posted 07-16-2002 05:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
WantaWhale: If you look at Lagged's 3rd (006) photo you will see how close the bunk is to the starboard skid.And the bunk and bracket is mounted vertical. Most trailers you can adjust these brackets to angle out away from the port and starboard skids allowing more freedom to load your boat and to avoid having your bunks slamming into the skids. Once angled away, adjust the height of the brackets to bring the boat trim with the trailer. Note: When doing this adjustment,make sure your keel rollers remain in contact with the keel! Otherwise you will have trouble lining up onto the trailer and create too much stress on the bunks and hull!
WantaWhale posted 07-17-2002 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
Jay A,
Thanks for the reply. Take a look at:

Notice where his bunks are on the left side of his chime. In my whaler manual, they show the bunk (from this point of view) on the right side of the chime, like near the fender. Is this what you mean? Thats what I have been thinking about trying on mine. The manual says the bunks do not need to support any weight, just keep the boat stable. My trailer was new last year and never set up for the boat. I have been playing with adjustments and this is what I may try to do.

tnx, Fletch

Jay A posted 07-17-2002 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
WantaWhale: You got it! The goal is to have the bunks as wide as possible to "cradle" the hull and to allow the keel to align itself on the rollers. When conditions are the best(how deep the trailer is in the water)the keel rollers will be the only part of the trailer taking up pressure from the hull while the bunks act like "bicycle training wheels" supporting the hulls side to side trim.
WantaWhale posted 07-17-2002 11:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
Jay A,
Got it! Thats what I was hoping would work better, but I wasn't sure. Will be my weekend project.
Thanks, Fletch

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