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California Whaler posted 05-01-2003 12:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for California Whaler   Send Email to California Whaler  
Want, no need to replace boat trailer bow rollers/stop. Is polyurethane worth the additional cost. I do know I end up cleaning black marks of the bow with the rubber rollers. Advantages/disadvantages?
kingfish posted 05-01-2003 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
-lasts longer
-no marking on boat

-costs more

This is one fairly small roller; the difference in cost to upgrade should be fairly small. Try it out and see what you think. If in the end you feel it wasn't worth it you're not out much (though I can't imagine you'll not find they are a world better).


PSW posted 05-01-2003 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for PSW  Send Email to PSW     
Go with the Poly it will be worth it. One of the first things I did when I got my Montauk.


California Whaler posted 05-03-2003 01:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for California Whaler  Send Email to California Whaler     
It's one bow roller and three keel rollers on my ezloader trailer. Best price I found was 20.00 for each keel roller and 10 for the bow. I ordered them tonight. I will also replace the bolts with SS. Should last for the life of it.
kingfish posted 05-03-2003 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

You'll not be sorry.

What kind of Whaler do you have, and what is the configuration of your EZ-Loader? (Straight or V cross members, full bunks and keel rollers or just minimal bunks, etc.) The reason for the question is I have an EZ-Loader for mu Outrage 22 and had to do quite a bit if renovation to be able to add keel rollers. And I'm just naturally curious.


California Whaler posted 05-03-2003 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for California Whaler  Send Email to California Whaler     
A 87 Montauk rides on it. The crossmembers are curved and brackets are installed for the rollers. Bunks are about 6 1/2' long. Trailer is great. Fits boat to a T. I guess I can just lower the brackets to remove the old rollers and install new and removing the boat is not neccesary to change them out?
kingfish posted 05-03-2003 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

If you can get your hands on a small hydraulic bottle jack or axle jack, you can tighten the bolts on the new brackets finger tight then carefully jack the bracket up and tighten it so the rollers are carrying most of the weight and the bunks are just stabilizing the load. It might take some adjusting and going back over a couple of the brackets until you get the feel for it, but it's not a big deal. If the new rollers are the same diameter as the old ones, you can mark the bracket locations on the cross members before you move them. Probably a good idea anyway.


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