Archived Trailer Guys Questions
I have been trailering for many years and never dunk my trailer. I backin until the water is just below my hubs. I use a power winch to load. (saltwater) Most people I see at the ramps submerge their trailers to load and unload, even with tailers not designed for drive-on use. Who is correct? Note:The trailer for my 16 foot Dolfin Superskiff (Seminole)is still in good shape after 28 years of service. Thanks Mike Kodroff MD
Guys, need you expert advise. Just picked up another boat. The trailer isa heritage trailer with two rollers on the bow stop. The question is where does the bow strap go. Between the two rollers with the bow eye in between the rollers or under the bottom roller with the bow eye under the bottom roller. Sorry I'm so lame about this but I just can't remember and I've tried both ways and neither one looks right. So I'm going to the experts. Thank you.
Hi there! We have a 29 foot cruiser that we trailer. It is often difficult loading and unloading the boat at the ramp due to the large size. We were thinking about widening the span of the bunks to lower the boat on the trailer hoping that would make life a bit easier. Is there a recommended width for the bunk spans?
I'm new to Boating and took my 'Used' Boat out to see what the dealer didn't tell me when he sold it "as is" found a lot of work to do. Trailer had some a Major Rust Spot, now cut out and replaced + Reinforced. Besides that when I trailered the Boat after the test run, I saw how Rusty the Hitch actually was and that the lock was in bad shape. To make the story short, the boat slipped back on the Trailer. Luckily I chained the Boat from the Anchor Ties also to the trailer, because that's what kept her on. My Question, is it possible to move the Boat up further on the Trailer without going into the water again? (30 minute ride I'd rather not risk to reset the trailer). I do plan to pull this manually 'rusted' Hitch and replace it with an electric one. Sincerely, Lou
I have a 94 larson 220 Hampton Cuddy. My question is regrarding bow eye/ bow fiberglass strength. The launch that I that use is a bit steeper than I would prefer, making it seem that there is quite the strain in the bow eye and winch strap. The trailer is a Shorelander with rollers. The concern is I can get the boat on the trailer with no issue, the pulling of the boat/trailer up the ramp is where the strain comes into play. Is there any reason to worry about boat damage during this process? Thanks
What do you think about backing the boat and trailer down the ramp at a slow speed and then jamming on the brakes and letting the boat slide off? I've done it and people have come up to me and said it's not a good thing to do. I've never had a problem. J. Krulwich, Fairfield, CT
I've been boating for a few years and had a friend tell me when I launch my boat the exhaust pipe of my truck is in the water. He was laughing and saying I'm a "bubble launcher" and said this isn't good. Is it OK to do? I've never paid attention to it if truth be told. K. Williams, Topeka, KS
Does a trailer hitch extender work and, if so, under what circumstances would I want to have one? I ask because I launch in shallow water and want the trailer to sit farther back from my truck. G. Washburn, California, MD
I want to add a front "tow hook/ring" to the front of a 1969 Chris Craft Commander 27' that never had one, so that I can trailer it occasionally. Where can I find some heavy duty hardware to do this and is it POSSIBLE to do this without damaging the integrity of the bow?