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Old 10 December 2010, 04:27   #1
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Idea for protecting your boat whilst recovering it?

Right, I`m with a dive club that owns 2 x 6.5 meter Ribs, which are always towed down, launched, recovered everytime we dive. Sometimes conditions are not idea to recover the boat and they end up getting the jel coat scratched around the bow from the end of the trailer - very annoying.

Anyway i was wondering if anyone has thought about covering the exposed metal ends of the trailer with rubber or something to minimise the damage on those occations that the boat will scrape down it? anyone done anything like this?

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Old 10 December 2010, 05:04   #2
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My old trailer built by the first owner was like this and had a mixture of bits of rope and heavy rubber hose on it to protect the hull from any exposed metal - photo attached.
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Old 11 December 2010, 03:15   #3
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Oh yes i see what they`ve done there, thanks for that, but our trailers are quite different to that one, we have big bramber trailers and there is unprotected metal petruding on the side out of the back as far as the first base rolller, I was thinking about using a bike tyre to go over the end and act like a sock? anyone done this sort of thing?
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Old 11 December 2010, 03:58   #4
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Instead of the trailor why not but a keel guard on the boat?
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Old 11 December 2010, 09:02   #5
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Right this isn`t the actual trailer, but it`s the closest thing i could find. you can see the metal parts either side at the rear, i know your boat shouldn`t ever touch these but having a club of 150 members thing don`t always work the way you want, it only take a side wind and a shore dump and you have no control over where the 1 and a half tonne boat wants to go.
Anywho anyone got a trailer like this and covered them up? any ideas?
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I would have thought that mounting a set of wobble wheels vertically on the end would do the trick. If the boat does hit, then it'll just roll along and hopefully off again.
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Idea for protecting your boat whilst recovering.

Hi,get a mini tyre or equivalent,cut into two half moon pieces with a jig saw (metal cutting blade) using washing up liquid as lubricant.Fit over the protruding ends,tie wrap into place,wrap tape around to seal a banana type shape,then fill with builders foam.This locks the tyre into position and gives even & firm protection.Remove tape if desireable.
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