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Marsh posted 05-14-2004 11:34 AM ET (US)   Profile for Marsh   Send Email to Marsh  
After reading somewhere on the CW about using parrafin wax on bunks to make trailer launch easier, I tried it.


My Montauk now slides off the trailer so easily, that I have to hold it in place just to unhook the bow eye strap. I formerly unhooked everything before backing the trailer into the water, but can no longer do that...the boat would slide off onto the parking lot! I back into the water, then unhook the bow eye, and the bost slides into the water all by itself. Amazing.

Retrieveal is also easier, as well.

I waxed the bunks about 10 trips ago, and they're as slick now as ever. This stuff may last all summer. Cheap, too. I used some old wax the wife had around the house left over from the days when we used to do our own vegetable canning.


Florida15 posted 05-14-2004 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
Doesn't the wax make a mess on the bottom of your boat ?
Maximus posted 05-14-2004 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
I have considered using wax or teflon skids on the trailer bunks but have opted not to. I came to realize that friction on the trailer is a good thing. Any emergency lane change procedure or hard stop could make the boat shift during towing. Does anyone have any trailer experience w.r.t. wax or teflon skitds?

As is my boat is not terribly hard to launch.

Marsh posted 05-14-2004 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
No noticable residue on the hull...I'll admit, a little more friction would be a good thing.


Salmon Tub posted 05-16-2004 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Did you use a paste, or solid. I have lots of parafin blocks at home. How did you apply it?


bigjohn1 posted 05-16-2004 05:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Sounds like a recipe for disaster in the making in a quick stop/start/lane change scenerio in traffic. I'll deal with the friction and consider it an added safety factor.
Big John
AQUANUT posted 05-16-2004 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
check out this the trailer industry, this is new trend...this stuff is awesome...not a carpeted bunk..not wood that will splinter and eventually rot..even if treated...this stuff is very dense...and strong...
am replacing my bunks on my 2004 montauks trailer with it.
it even has faux wood grain...

they use this material on these trailers,, they build next door [same building I work in...

F.Y.I. if you always strap your boat to the trailer
properly [use of tie down straps connected to lifting eyes on the transom] and use of safety hook/strap [in case winch on winch station fails] should never loose a boat

Jarhead posted 05-16-2004 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
I don't believe the added friction of untreated bunks would make a noticeable difference in an emergency situation.

There are many, many boaters, including myself, that use various products such as Teflon strips, wax and silicone spray to aid in launching and loading. I've never heard of, nor experienced myself, a load shift contributed to any of these products. And yes, I have had to lock up the brakes, make quick lane changes ect. while towing.

Use proper, well maintained, tie downs, winch straps and safety chains, drive defensively, adhere to the speed limit and enjoy your Whalers for years to come.

Oh yeah, my choice is silicone spray. WOW... :)

Marsh posted 05-16-2004 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
Salmon tub:
I used the parrafin blocks...just rubbed the bunks with it after trailer had been sitting in the sun for 4-5 hours while I was fishing. Left the boat at the dock to go retrieve trailer, and rubbed down the bunks before returning to the launch. Took all of 5 minutes. Parrafin may or may not last as long as silicone spray, and may or may not be more environmentally friendly. But I had the blocks lying around, so I decided to use them.

Go fish,

Swellmonster posted 05-16-2004 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Thumbs up to Silicone!! ;0
Salmon Tub posted 05-18-2004 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Gee, let me guess, the name is marsh, and you have parafin blocks, you must be a fowler. I also have a few blocks left over from last season, will grab one the next time out. Thanks for the response.

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