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JOHN W MAYO posted 08-17-2002 06:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for JOHN W MAYO   Send Email to JOHN W MAYO  
What is the proper procedure for installing and adjusting keel rollers. I have a 19 Revenge and want to change the rollers from the small ones (about 5 inch) to the 12 inch. on the tandem trailer.

Now the boat is hard to get off the trailer,..hopefully this will help.
Thanks in advance>

jimh posted 08-17-2002 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In the Reference section there is a 5-part series on Trailering. The information you are seeking is contained in the first article.


skred posted 08-26-2002 03:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I'm posting this FWIW:
I got my used Whaler 15 with a Continental 1700 lb trailer which was not set up for the boat. It has 4 of the Stolz rollers for the keel, and a 6' side bunk on each side. With the boat on the trailer, I carefully loosened each of the bunks, and lowered them as far as I could. I then loosened the rollers and let the boat settle down till all rollers were bottomed out. Then, with an automobile scissor jack, I raised the rear roller to the desired ideal height, and tightened it. I moved forward and did the same with the rest of the rollers. with the boat resting completely on the rollers at the desired height, I leveled the boat and tied off each side to the trailer to keep it from tilting out of level. I then raised the bunks one at a time till they just touched the hull, but didn't move it. Tightened the bunks down, and now the rollers take all the boat's weight, and the bunks keep the boat level and tip-free. the boat rolls off the trailer so well that I sometimes have to use a safety rope to slow the entry into the water.
Granted, it's slow and dirty work under that trailer, but it's great to have such and easy launch/load....

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