Originally Posted by whackywoody
If a used roller coaster trailer needs to be purchased separately for a rib what criteria needs to be considered to ensure boat and trailer a compatible?
1.) Trailer weight rating must be greater than boat - what % safety factor should be considered?
2.) Obviously the ideal scenario is to ensure the bow stubber to the last roller at the end of the trailer supports the whole hull length however this is not always possible when but buying a used trailer. I was advised that a shorter trailer could be used but with a maximum of 3ft from last roller to transom is the limit with a 250hp engine / transom been unsupported? Does they seem right / good advice?
3.) Any other factors should be considered?
1. All depends what your carrying.
I would suggest working out the weight of the boat full to the brim with fuel and your normal gear and adding 15% minimum.
If the boat is currently on a trailer take it up your local sand/ballast suppliers.
I gave them a £5 when I did it and used the weigh bridge.
2. I would ensure the back rollers go as near to the stern as possible to support the engine weight.
I once bought a brand new boat and trailer, I refused to have it partly because the trailer was too short.
Saw it 3 years later with stress cracks exactly where the trailer support stopped!
What a coincidence!!
3. I had a new roller coaster about 4 years ago. Even though the boat was 300kgs underweight it was useless and 'bending' over the axle.
To be fair the dealer upgraded it to the next model up for an extra £50.00!
Which was great.
Also if buying secondhand make sure the brakes are all ok.
If the shoes have been taken out it's about £150 per wheel just for the parts! (May be more now)
My friend was stopped in a police check and had his impounded because he threw them away.