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oysterman posted 08-14-2002 12:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for oysterman   Send Email to oysterman  
I'm wondering what kind of trailer guides some of you have used. Every now and then I wish I had them on, especially when the winds up and the boat launch audience is looking at us. What works with a 2001 montauk?
whalersman posted 08-14-2002 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
I have always used the side bunks, about 5 or 6 feet long. I launch and load in rivers with a small to moderate amount of current and the side bunks sure make it easy. The boat always goes on straight.
I wouldn't have anything else.

Some people like the side roller guides, but I still see many of the trailers with this setup still lets the boat get blown around crooked in the wind and/or current. Some also use 2 side roller guides (midship and aft) which would help stop the swing of the front of the boat and help keep it centered.

My preference, Side Bunks.

Taylor posted 08-14-2002 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Check out the reference articles at particularly the 'two schools of thought regarding loading and unloading.
skred posted 08-15-2002 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I agree with Whalersman. I've used the side bunks on my 13's and on my Montauk, and they've never failed to give me a squared-up takeout - even in a brisk wind or current.

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