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Old 26 March 2006, 16:42   #1
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Finally....

Just managed to get her on the water for the first time yesterday. Long list of stuff that doesn't work but there you go...
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Old 26 March 2006, 16:46   #2
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but, does anyone know why this is happening, the boat was like it when i took delivery, and i can't get it to sit right. whatever i try, the bow is always off centre. Is it possible the whole trailer is bent??
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Old 26 March 2006, 17:39   #3
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I have this same trailer and mine is fine - my first guess would have been a wonky winch post but after studying your photos it looks bang on.

My second guess would be that your front set of rollers are not equidistant from the centre of the swinging arm or the whole arm its self is not perpendicular to the cradle.

I would whizz round the trailer with a tape measure and check the trailer is symmetrical - its unlikely to be bent - more likely badly set up.

If that's the case id get on the phone to mark at ribcraft or just adjust it yourself.

In my opinion my trailer had far too much nose weight when I collected my boat - i have since moved the axle forward and its now just how i like it.
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Old 26 March 2006, 17:42   #4
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Most boats sit off-centre on the trailer due to the engine offset.
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Old 26 March 2006, 17:46   #5
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Just been looking at your pictures in your second post again.

Cortrect me if im wrong here but.

In picture 4 the back looks nice and square and fairly centred on the back rollers
In picture 2 the winch post looks dead square with the rest of the trailer.
In picture 3 the keel looks fairly central on the roller.
In picture 1 the winch post looks off centre and the roller looks tilted noticably to the right.

Is it therefore just the top half of the winch post not squarly inserted into the bottom half.
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Old 26 March 2006, 17:47   #6
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Most boats sit off-centre on the trailer due to the engine offset.
that causes the boat to heel over slightly but not have the bow nearly miss the winch post
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Is it possible the whole trailer is bent??
might not be the trailer...
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Old 26 March 2006, 18:12   #8
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don't even think that richard, there's enough wierd stuff on the boat already.... I now think it could be the rollers on the swing arm. That would offset and also heel the boat, which wound account for the keel being slightly off centre, and the stem much more.

Yes, the nose weight is too heavy, a72kg empty, 90 with 3/4 tank according to Ribcraft. They moved the boat forward on the trailer to fit it in our shed but i don't think they moved the axel.
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Old 26 March 2006, 18:17   #9
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I'm sorry to hear you have had problems with your boat. Anything serious.

Have you reported them all to Ribcraft - I have always found them more than happy to help. I'm sure they will offer to sort out any issues you have.

Apart from my trailer being a bit nose heavy and a bung that was a bit hard to undo - Ive had no problems with mine since i picked her up in October.
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When i had my little humber i had the same problem, for me all the rollers, especially the back ones were not quite centered or positioned so that they run down the hull. The back roller in my case offcentered the front as your is
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