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Legobusier posted 04-07-2004 11:18 AM ET (US)   Profile for Legobusier   Send Email to Legobusier  
Hi all.

I have an old, ugly trailer that came under my newly aquired '87 Montauk. Trailer works fine and made the 2000 mile trip from Florida - with one exception. The arm that holds the bow-stop seems to be too short for this boat/configuration. Here's a photo:

To make matters worse, I just replaced the old, undersized winch in the photo with a larger one that has a longer handle. Now I can't winch the boat all the way up without the handle hitting the bow.

I suspect the best way to fix this is to get a new, longer bow stop arm thingie (what the heck is it called?). I've looked at a few places and on-line trailer shops, but haven't found one yet. Of course there's not much to it - just a couple of pieces of galvanized flat bar, so I could have longer ones fabricated easily enough.

If I'm missing something completely obvious here, please let me know.


Chuck Tribolet posted 04-07-2004 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
If you move the stop up on the post, you can move the post
forward on the tongue an inch of so.

And can you move the winch forward on the platform?

And think about replacing the bow stop rubber with non-marking


Legobusier posted 04-07-2004 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Legobusier  Send Email to Legobusier     
I have move the stop and the post up since this photo was taken. The winch is about as far forward as I can get it. Still have clearance issues.
tarbaby posted 04-07-2004 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
You need a new winch post that will put the winch above the bow eye. That boat is not safe on that trailer.If you were to stop real fast , the boat would go up and over the winch. You want a bow stop that has two rollers on the rollers and have the eye between the rollers. I will send you email with a pic. Maybe you can post it. Shay
tarbaby posted 04-07-2004 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
Sorry..... Delete "on the rollers"
Legobusier posted 04-07-2004 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Legobusier  Send Email to Legobusier     
Thanks for the photos Tarbaby, that would work nicely on mine I think. As for the safety, you're probably right. I did tow it up to VA from FL like that, but I had several tie downs holding the sucker in was pretty much "one" with the trailer :).

The extent of my trailering since then has been to my boat launch which is about...umm....400 feet from my house. I do want to get it right though.

kamie posted 04-08-2004 02:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
Take a look a the reference section on trailering.
Plotman posted 04-08-2004 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
You can buy a new winch post kit here for $57 plus shipping that should work. Page 20 of their catalog.

I just ordered some rollers and brackets from them - very nice on the phone. Thanks to JB for the reccomendation.


kamie posted 04-09-2004 01:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
I took a look at my trailer after i pulled the boat and I can see a few things that need to get done. New winch and new rollers as soon as the trailer gets home, without the boat on it. David, glad to hear of your experience with Champion Trailers, that is where I was going to order all my parts from.

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