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Old 12 September 2012, 14:18   #51
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Old 12 September 2012, 20:28   #52
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Old 13 September 2012, 00:10   #53
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It did at first but then it dropped out. Must have been overloaded
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Old 13 September 2012, 02:40   #54
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It did at first but then it dropped out. Must have been overloaded
Yeah, thats a shame its no longer working, there were some great quotes in there.... Im sure we would have all benefited from His vast experience... :-)

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Old 13 September 2012, 16:57   #55
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I went to my local council tip to use their weighbridge today.
I was shocked to find that the boat and trailer combo weighed 910kg!!!...AAAAAAAARRRRGH!!!!!
My car can only tow 750kg, which is currently what jeepster must weigh on its own!
So it means unless I can get jeepster to go on a crash diet and lose at least 150kg I can't legally tow her at all!
It might be possible because she is right lardy ass at the moment...Apparently the boat was orginally designed to take a 50hp max but the guy I bought it off said it used to have a 90hp on the back! To allow it to do this safely the transom is heavily reinforced with steel beams. The one in the splashwell is 100x100x10 steel angle over a metre long...That weighs 15kg per metre so I could get rid of that and save about 20kg straight away...There is even heavier looking stuff inside the transom under the splashwell. The U/W of the trailer is currently about 150kg but by drilling largish holes at regular intervals along the sides of the side rails and I frame members I could probably lose 50kg there whilst keeping it just as stiff as before. The only other option is to fit a towbar to my ex's Ford Focus 1.8 TD and borrow that when I want to use the boat because that can tow 1200kg.
And no, she wont swap cars with me permanently..Dont even go there!
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Old 13 September 2012, 17:01   #56
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Have you considered getting a mooring?
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Old 13 September 2012, 18:10   #57
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Get drilling that trailer, sounds like a right idea!! NOT!!! Boats full of wind arn't a bad idea after all !!
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Could you not have kept the 150kg on the tow hitch where it doesn't count?
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Old 13 September 2012, 18:46   #59
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Even without drilling holes in the fecking side rails that rectangular section tube is probably just on its strength limits and you want to go and weaken it even more!... Think about it, at the moment you have nearly a quarter of a ton bouncing up and down a meter or so either side of the fulcrum ( the axle) ... !!!

Honestly, stand at the back of the trailer and look down the length of those side rails and tell me there not significantly bending under the weight.... When i say significantly i mean anything more than a10mm deflection down its length.

If you let me know exactly what the rails dimensions are and what distance from the axle mounts the swing beams connect to them, l will work out how much weight you put though it....better safe than sorry..

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I was shocked to find that the boat and trailer combo weighed 910kg!!!.--- My car can only tow 750kg, ---- lose at least 150kg I can't legally tow her
maths still not your strong point?

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The U/W of the trailer is currently about 150kg but by drilling largish holes at regular intervals along the sides of the side rails and I frame members I could probably lose 50kg there
have you actually worked out how big and close together the wholes would need to be to loose 50 kg? Common sense says that is 1/3rd of the weight, but your weight includes the axel, the hitch and the wheels; so probably more like half the mass of the rails/beams.
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whilst keeping it just less as stiff as before. The only other option is to fit a towbar to my ex's Ford Focus 1.8 TD and borrow that when I want to use the boat because that can tow 1200kg.
which will need to be braked. What is your tow car that can only tow 750kg, but can tow this unbaked?
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Have you considered getting a mooring?
Any suggestions what he could use as a home made sinker?
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