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Tongue or Bunks?

  • Extend Tongue

    Votes: 15 93.8%
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  • Dump it and buy a new trailer

    Votes: 1 6.3%

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MrGiggles

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I'd say your bunk placement is pretty good. Further apart doesn't hurt as it helps keep the boat from rocking, but you are limited there by the width of the trailer.

Before you paint, make sure you've got some kind of eyelet set up for your rear straps.

I would also suggest adding a couple keel rollers. They don't need to (and shouldn't) support the boat, but when you're loading on a steep ramp they will keep the bow from slamming into the trailer, and keep everything centered. I think one tapered roller about halfway up, and one at the very back would be fine.

Some side bunks wouldn't hurt as well, a lot of guys like the tall guide poles, but I've found a couple of short 2x4 bunks to be sufficient. Just need to be careful and not back in too far so that the boat can float over the top of them. Keeping that boat floating over the trailer in even a slight crosswind or current is not going to be easy.

As long as the bunks are far enough apart to not hit an outboard (and yours look to be fine) you're good.

It's the little things like this that make all difference in how easy it is to load/unload. A poorly setup trailer can be a nightmare.

Lastly, I think every boat should have a safety chain for the winch. So while you've got the drill bits out...
 
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I'd say your bunk placement is pretty good. Further apart doesn't hurt as it helps keep the boat from rocking, but you are limited there by the width of the trailer.

Before you paint, make sure you've got some kind of eyelet set up for your rear straps.

I would also suggest adding a couple keel rollers. They don't need to (and shouldn't) support the boat, but when you're loading on a steep ramp they will keep the bow from slamming into the trailer, and keep everything centered. I think one tapered roller about halfway up, and one at the very back would be fine.

Some side bunks wouldn't hurt as well, a lot of guys like the tall guide poles, but I've found a couple of short 2x4 bunks to be sufficient. Just need to be careful and not back in too far so that the boat can float over the top of them. Keeping that boat floating over the trailer in even a slight crosswind or current is not going to be easy.

As long as the bunks are far enough apart to not hit an outboard (and yours look to be fine) you're good.

It's the little things like this that make all difference in how easy it is to load/unload. A poorly setup trailer can be a nightmare.

Lastly, I think every boat should have a safety chain for the winch. So while you've got the drill bits out...

I think every point made here is well worth paying attention to. Great advice.
 
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I'd say your bunk placement is pretty good. Further apart doesn't hurt as it helps keep the boat from rocking, but you are limited there by the width of the trailer.

Before you paint, make sure you've got some kind of eyelet set up for your rear straps.

I would also suggest adding a couple keel rollers. They don't need to (and shouldn't) support the boat, but when you're loading on a steep ramp they will keep the bow from slamming into the trailer, and keep everything centered. I think one tapered roller about halfway up, and one at the very back would be fine.

Some side bunks wouldn't hurt as well, a lot of guys like the tall guide poles, but I've found a couple of short 2x4 bunks to be sufficient. Just need to be careful and not back in too far so that the boat can float over the top of them. Keeping that boat floating over the trailer in even a slight crosswind or current is not going to be easy.

As long as the bunks are far enough apart to not hit an outboard (and yours look to be fine) you're good.

It's the little things like this that make all difference in how easy it is to load/unload. A poorly setup trailer can be a nightmare.

Lastly, I think every boat should have a safety chain for the winch. So while you've got the drill bits out...
Excellent post!

Your line about the little things making all the difference is exactly why I am doing my due diligence now so I won't have problems in the future!

There are already 2 holes in the rear of the trailer for the eyelets and I do have a safety chain for the winch. I have a "v" keel roller all set up and ready to bolt on once I can paint the trailer. I also have a stern roller as well.

Thank you for all your suggestions!!
 

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Excellent post!

Your line about the little things making all the difference is exactly why I am doing my due diligence now so I won't have problems in the future!

There are already 2 holes in the rear of the trailer for the eyelets and I do have a safety chain for the winch. I have a "v" keel roller all set up and ready to bolt on once I can paint the trailer. I also have a stern roller as well.

Thank you for all your suggestions!!

I thought I had my trailer dialed in pretty good until I was trying to load the boat today. We continue with the drought. Lake is now down to that dreaded place where the ramp ends before the trailer can be backed in far enough. Concrete ends and drops off to some kind of large aggregate. Trailer sits lower on one side by so one side bunk is underwater and the other is about where it needs to be. Pretty hard to get the boat loaded. Fortunately I had some help. Not sure what I would have done if I was buy myself. What a mess. We need some rain.

OK, enough of my whining and back to the main programming.
 
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I thought I had my trailer dialed in pretty good until I was trying to load the boat today. We continue with the drought. Lake is now down to that dreaded place where the ramp ends before the trailer can be backed in far enough. Concrete ends and drops off to some kind of large aggregate. Trailer sits lower on one side by so one side bunk is underwater and the other is about where it needs to be. Pretty hard to get the boat loaded. Fortunately I had some help. Not sure what I would have done if I was buy myself. What a mess. We need some rain.

OK, enough of my whining and back to the main programming.
Oh man that sucks. Yes, rain is needed everywhere!! We are not that bad here in the Midwest, but I know water levels have dropped a bit as well.
 

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Oh man that sucks. Yes, rain is needed everywhere!! We are not that bad here in the Midwest, but I know water levels have dropped a bit as well.
A few years back, when everything was flooding it was blamed on "climate change" , now that it is dry, also climate change!! Next thing you know, ED issues will be due to climate change !!
 

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A few years back, when everything was flooding it was blamed on "climate change" , now that it is dry, also climate change!! Next thing you know, ED issues will be due to climate change !!

The whole premise behind climate change is that it makes weather more severe on both ends of the spectrum, not one or the other.

No matter which side of the argument you stand on, I think it's important to understand the counterargument from the other side.

You can't really deny climate change, the causes of which seem to be what spark the debate.
 

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The whole premise behind climate change is that it makes weather more severe on both ends of the spectrum, not one or the other.

No matter which side of the argument you stand on, I think it's important to understand the counterargument from the other side.

You can't really deny climate change, the causes of which seem to be what spark the debate.

"No matter which side of the argument you stand on, I think it's important to understand the counterargument from the other side."

I agree and also the need to understand what is being done about it. For me, the voters already approved billions for water projects, and yet years pass the billions are spent and we have no new dams. Just a bunch of rich consultants.

Well, this thread is taking a turn that LostButHappy probably didn't expect. Haha.
 

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Hello All

I have a quandry...My boat is 14' long and my trailer is 14' long as well. As it currently sits, the transom hangs off the back about 2'.

What is best practice in this situation?

1) Extend the tongue 2' (bolt on) and move the bow mount forward
or
2) Leave the tongue and bow mount alone and just extend the bunks rearward?
or
3) Dump the trailer and get a new one :lol:

I am currently tearing apart the trailer and painting various items and I will be purchasing new tires/wheels, bunks etc and figured I would get this sorted first before I go and procure said wheels and bunks.

Thank you kindly! :mrgreen:

A couple of pics for reference

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I had a similar situation with my trailer. If you search this forum you will find my thread.

What I did:
I purchased a 4' piece of square metal tubing (3"x3"x0.125) and also purchased a Fulton swing away coupler. I ended up making the added tongue 3' and it now swings off to one side. I had the metal powder coated to match the trailer. You could do the same with a galvanized tube to match your trailer.
No welding required....coupler is bolt on and I shortened the tubing with my metal chop saw.

Once the tongue was added, I could then move the bow stop forward so bunks extend 2" beyond rear of transom. I'm going change bunks from 5' to 7' as I want more of the hull supported. The added 2' will extend forward.

As mentioned, be sure to achieve the 10%-15% of TW for best towing and safety. Perhaps a combination of tongue extension, moving bow stop forward, and longer bunks will help to achieve this.
 
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"No matter which side of the argument you stand on, I think it's important to understand the counterargument from the other side."

I agree and also the need to understand what is being done about it. For me, the voters already approved billions for water projects, and yet years pass the billions are spent and we have no new dams. Just a bunch of rich consultants.

Well, this thread is taking a turn that LostButHappy probably didn't expect. Haha.
LOL No worries. Ill throw a couple of memes in on this subject...

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