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Bullbay posted 03-24-2001 09:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for Bullbay   Send Email to Bullbay  
There was a recent thread on trailer tie downs. I just changed mine. I was using the ski bolts on on my 89 Montauk and had them hooked on to eye bolts underneath the bunks of my float on trailer which extend out about 14" beynond the transom. I just changed today with longer tie downs which wrap around the bunks and hook in the ski holders. They are rachet tie downs that I got for $8.95 at Walmart. This is a lot better as I was putting stress on the screwed in eye bolts. Gunwale straps are poor ( I had before) as they will crack rub rail with pressure. This installation also requires no padding as the straps are 4 to 6 inches from the transom.
whalerron posted 03-26-2001 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
You are right about the gunwale strap messing up the rubrail. I have a diagram from Boston Whaler that shows suggested wood blocks to fit over the gunwales where the strap rests. This is to protect the rubrail.
bigz posted 03-28-2001 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
I guess you mean the port and starboard lifting eyes when you refer to the "ski bolts"?

You saying your bunks extend 14" out from the trailer? Meaning the keel has no support and the motor is cantilevered out on the bunks!

If I didn't misunderstand you -- Good luck!

Bullbay posted 03-28-2001 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bullbay  Send Email to Bullbay     
Big Z - I measured and the bunks actually extend out 6", and yes your port and starboard reference is correct. This is a aluminum float on trailer which has been discussed many times before with no rollers. The boat is a 89 Montauk with a 2000 90 HP Evinrude. The set up is the same as they are delivering new Montauks in Greenville, Columbia, Charleston and Georgtown SC. I have over 3000 on this combination.
Dick posted 03-28-2001 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I agree that transom tie downs are the way to go.
When choosing your tie downs consider several things:
1. The investment you have sitting on the trailer.
2. The strength and quality of the tie downs.
3. The ease of putting on and taking off.
4. Lastly the price.
One more comment. Bunks do break or come loose tie downs should go between the boat and the trailer frame.

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