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Boat Trailering Guys:,
I am new to boating and I have been having some problems loading my boat onto a trailer. I know that it is importaint to ensure that the boat is centered as much as possible. My trailer only has one set of bunks in the rear, a bow support made of pvc in a Y formation, and a bow stop and winch combo. I have seen other boats with bunkers positioned vertically in the back with a slight angle that help center a boat and I have also seen trailers with a second set of bunkers towards the bow. I think it is supposed to push the keel as the trailer comes into contact with the boat. I have a 23ft vessel that seems to act like a sail when I am trying to load the boat.
Answered on: 8/2007
Here are some tips on how to make your launching and loading experience better. First let's address your bunks. Since you make reference to vertically mounted bunks on other trailers I assume that yours are horizontally mounted. Take a look at your bunk brackets and determine if they are fixed or pivoting. I prefer pivoting as they conform to the shape of the hull when loading and help center the boat. Also look at the position of the bunks under the hull. If you hull has chines (ridges) you should position the bunks so that the chine rests up against the bunk. This will also help the hull find the center of the trailer. I would highly recommend the installation of trailer guides. There a few different styles; the most common being the white pvc poles that stick up on either side of the trailer and extend beyond the rub rail of the boat. You will also see bunk board and roller styles that are positioned on each side of the hull. Any one of these styles will be a big help on centering your boat on the trailer, especially on a windy day.
Boat Trailering Guys: Mike