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Boat Trailering Guys:,
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
Answered on: 7/2006
Other than a dead lift from a crane, the bow eye should be installed in such a manner that it can handle pretty much any situation that you will find yourself in. If you can access the interior of the hull in the bow area you should see that there is a backing plate installed on the bow eye bolts and tightened down with nylon lock nuts. It is also a good idea to periodically check the fiberglass in the area of the bow eye for cracking and splitting. If cracking is evident then there is definitely an issue of stress on the hull.
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