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adaps4 posted 08-10-2003 06:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for adaps4   Send Email to adaps4  
I need some help. I finally purchased a new trailer for my 13, and I want to know if the setup looks ok. It drives well, and feels ok, it just rides really high in the front. The bumper is right up to the bowstop, and I don't think I can get it lower. Also, the bunks do not go any further to the side. I would like the boat to ride a little lower, but can not see a way to do so without seriously modifying the new trailer. Please check out the photos and see if you have any ideas. Thanks for the help as usual.

http://community.webshots.com/album/85136388sZcajS

Sal DiMercurio posted 08-10-2003 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Your bunks seem to be hanging out the back to far, like 6" & they are to far out.
If you mount a transducer, it's gonna get broken on a bunk.
The bunks need to support the transom, not 1/2 a ft beyond.
They need to be turned end for end so they are at least 1' closer to the center.
The bunks are only for ballance, not support, as the keel rollers are the main support & the bunks just keep it from rolling over or tilting.
Sal
adaps4 posted 08-10-2003 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for adaps4  Send Email to adaps4     
Thanks for the quick reply Sal. I was thinking of flipping the bunks to get rid of the length, or just cutting and folding the padding. Do you think I should bring the bunks in closer to the skegs? That would give me more stability inside. I have seen several trailer setups on this forum with the bunks supporting the very outside, and this is what I was hoping to accomplish. As for the transducer- that is my next step. Right now, I have a bilge pump on the outside that is a feed for the livewell. If I don't take it off, it gets wrecked. Luckily it is an easy release of a switch to get it off.
jimh posted 08-10-2003 10:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would invest in a wider keel roller for the one at the stern. A Stoltz 12-inch would be fine. You will need a new bracket for it.

If you are a salt water boater get stainless steel roller axles and pack them well with grease.

I would move the bunk position inward and try to align it with those bottom strakes, setting the bunks just outboard of the strakes, if possible.

I can't tell if that axle is easily moved or not. Fit the boat on the trailer, then move the axle to adjust the tongue weight.

If the axle is fixed, then you have to move the boat to get the tongue weight correct, then fit the bunks, etc.

Over the LINE posted 08-11-2003 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Over the LINE  Send Email to Over the LINE     
Follow the good advice above.

I resisted adding bunk guides/ guide posts for a long time, "don't need them on a small boat". Now that I have them I would not be without them.

Where's the spare tire?

Good Luck

jstachowiak posted 08-11-2003 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
Security chain from trailer winch stand bottom to bow eye.

Get yourself some 3/8" or 5/16" galvanized chain and a couple of screw type links and a hook. Loop one end of chain around and through the base of the winch stand and the hook on the other end. Hook through the boats bow eye after winching onto trailer.

lhg posted 08-11-2003 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The trailer is fine for the boat, but I think the little keel rollers that came with the trailer are worthless. Like JimH says, even for a 13, the rear roller should be 12" wide, and the other two should be 8" rollers. The "Vee" notch in them will align the boat perfectly each time.

The boat can only go as low on the trailer as the fenders will allow, but it looks like the bow can go way down. The winch platform can be lowered on the winch stand as needed.
Instead of the vee bow stop pad, get a 3" or 4" bow stop roller, and winch the boat bow eye right up under it for proper adjustment.

Use just the keel rollers to adjust the boat's position on the trailer first, keeping the bunks down an inch or so while doing this. Then, when the boat is sitting on the rollers as you want it, set the winch stand and winch platform to lock in & prevent the boat's forward travel. Finally, adjust the side bunks up to stabilize the boat laterally. Boat should roll freely on the rollers for launch and retrieval. On a thirteen, the side bunks only need to be about 2' long. This routine may involve launching and retrieving the boat several times to get it right, but it's well worth the effort.

When retreiving the boat, only back the trailer in far enough so that the rear roller is just below the surface.
Pull the boat on to the roller, hook up the strap and winch it up. If you plan to float it on, you will need the vertical guide-ons, but this seems hardly necessary.

Only last thing I noticed is lack of an eye bolt in the pre-drilled holes by the taillights. Put a 1/2" eyebolt in there, and use them to attach the over-centering transom staps for security. If the tongue is too long on your trailer, it's easy to shorten.

adaps4 posted 08-11-2003 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for adaps4  Send Email to adaps4     
Thanks for all the help everyone. I will get to work, and repost when done. I guess that $500 price on the trailer is a bit deceptive. Still needs about 60-100 bucks more, from the sounds of it. Thanks.
lhg posted 08-11-2003 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
But that's still an excellent deal.

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