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stefan posted 02-24-2004 11:23 AM ET (US)   Profile for stefan   Send Email to stefan  
main reason previous owner sold boat to me, was she couldn't handle it herself anymore, and she showed me pics of scrapes on bow from it slipping when she was cranking winch.

no biggie, all's in great shape otherwise.

well i found the problem, just not sure what to do. what's happening, and it happened to me this past weekend is, when dropping boat in to water from ramp, when the water gets boat floating, the bow rises above the "holder" (pardon my lack of terminology) ,that orange "V" like "thing" that sits above the winch that the bow rests up against when fully winched in )not a roller, but like that) anyways, that orange thing apparently got really loose, and it dropped down, and boat scraped and chipped from coming down on the metal brakets that hold in that orange roller type of device.

I am assuming if I just tighten up that roller type of device, so it doesn't swing down, this won't happen?

several scratches from it happening before, including a long thin "gash" where the "blue" is showing, and chips as well, fortunately all above water line

can I just get some epoxy to fill it in, or does more work need to be done?

sorry to be so long of a thread, just didn't know how to word it.

I'll be at homosassa so some of you can see what I'm talking about

thanks

stefan posted 02-24-2004 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
I just saw thread where tom clark recomended spectrum patch kit for scratches, should I use that?
Plotman posted 02-24-2004 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
I'll leave it to others to help with the repair, but I will make a suggestion to make sure you don't have to make the repair more than once.

Look at you boat as a lever - if you lift up on the stern with the strap cranked in tight, you are going to be pushing the V stop into the boat very hard. It isn't designed to protect the boat from these loads. You want to make sure that these loads don't get placed on that part in the futere.

Your first option is to stop just before your trailer wheels go into the water and loosen the strap several inches and then back down into the water. This will allow things to "give" a little as the water lifts the stern relative to the trailer.

If your bunks/rollers are slippery enough that you are worried about your boat sliding back with you loosening the strap (it isn't going to come off becuase the strap will only have 6" of slack), then don't back the trailer in as far, and let the boat slide down the trailer to launch (even if it takes a good shove to get it there.)

Either way will avoid further dings.

David

Bigshot posted 02-24-2004 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Do the spectrum patch kit....easier to use and will look great.
Do as above and loosen strap and tighten V thingy.....maybe even repace with bigger v thingy or the roller v thingy.
stefan posted 02-24-2004 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
will do, thanks guys
I'm gonna have to find out what the heck that V thingy is called, a V roller?
can I just get a big roller instead of the V thingy?

ordered the patch kit. should be able to get it done before homosassa

Gep posted 02-24-2004 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Stefan,
The v-thingy is called a "V" bow stop. Just replace it with a bow roller.

I had the same thing happen to me on my Outrage.
I was up on the bow and let someone else back my trailer in.
He put the trailer in too far and when he released the winch strap the bow went down and turned my V-bow stop (v-thingy) and the bracket put a gash in my boat about a foot long.
Mike

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