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Old 11 April 2011, 09:44   #11
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I have one keel roller on mine (basically to afford some protection where the drawbar ends), which as described, squashed nicely & made it a pain to move. All I did was jack up the entire bow roller assemblies by abouit 1/8" so the keel roller didn't squash. Suffce to say I fitted an emergency "catch" wire to the winch post soon after!

What are your rollers made of? My Keel roller was squashy rubber, my beam rollers have a soft plastic "skin" so they hold their shape better.
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Old 12 April 2011, 12:50   #12
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The main rollers are soft enough to deform when the boat's on them but it also has a hard nylon keel roller that has previously damaged the keel of the boat. Reading you post has made me wonder if there is simply too much weight on the keel roller and the main rollers are acting as guides and not allowing it to move properly.
Think I'll see if I can replace the U bolts to allow lifthing the boat off the keel roller and see if it moves. Thanks all - might just have a solution
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Old 30 April 2011, 02:59   #13
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The main rollers are soft enough to deform when the boat's on them but it also has a hard nylon keel roller that has previously damaged the keel of the boat. Reading you post has made me wonder if there is simply too much weight on the keel roller and the main rollers are acting as guides and not allowing it to move properly.
Think I'll see if I can replace the U bolts to allow lifthing the boat off the keel roller and see if it moves. Thanks all - might just have a solution
When I first got my 38ft Cigarette, it was a PITA to get off the multi roller trailer. Replacing a broken roller improved it but the real gain was made when I adjusted the rollers.

The way I adjusted it was to get a car jack under each group of rollers, loosen the nuts and then jack it up till I got some resistance. Some of the rollers had to be adjusted over an inch.

Not sure if this is the right way, but now my 38footer is now a one man launch and recover boat.

I am about to go through it all again with the Ribtec 890SX as I have just purchased a new trailer.
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Old 01 May 2011, 08:42   #14
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I've placed an order for a full set of U bolts so I can cut off the badly corrodded ones that are holding the Roller assemblies in place. Once replaced it'll be a car jack and some gentle re-positioning so that the centre roller is only lightly loaded and the rest run on flat surfaces not getting cut up by the chines.
Thanks for al the good ideas, it'll be a couple of weeks but I'll post again when completed.
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