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Old 27 August 2007, 05:00   #11
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We have a De Graff and it is built like a tank! They are also great value.

Ours is quite old and I have needed help from the makers who have been superb. They even sent me some washers free of charge! The farm is interesting.

I would not hesitate to reccommend De Graff. The only issue is that the boats sits a little higher than on some traliers which means that you need to go in a bit deeper before the boat floats free.

He sells on ebay and is very willing to do great deals.

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Old 27 August 2007, 18:24   #12
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the deciding factor when i last bought a trailer was getting hold of it and delivery costs .
the de graff was the one i wanted and the price right , but getting it delivered to Cornwall was what pushed the cost up . No dealers down this end

I ended up getting one made locally
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Old 06 August 2008, 09:23   #13
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Any views then Bunks v Rollers? I believe that the boat sits bettter on the bunks when being towed. But easier to put on to the trailer with rollers?
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Old 06 August 2008, 13:56   #14
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Can you go for both, rollers on the rear and short bunks on the front?

Rollers are great, but if your happy with bunks, then go for that instead
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Old 12 August 2008, 16:55   #15
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Any views then Bunks v Rollers? I believe that the boat sits bettter on the bunks when being towed. But easier to put on to the trailer with rollers?
On a 4.8 RIB either will be fine. Rollers tend to show their advantage for larger, heavier craft, or when recovering in a cross tide.

Bunks can be a problem if the trailer is submerged too far into the water, on recovery, which makes aligning the hull difficult. I always used to back my old bunked trailer in until the aft roller was about a foot below the surface, then simply manhandle the boat (14' ski boat ) so the keel rested on the roller, snap the winch hook on and winch away for around 20-30 seconds: job done.
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Hi - In the end went for a full galv trailer with bunks - though might add some rear rollers next year - will see how it works first of all. Will post a picture before I put the rib on. Best bit was the price 200 + my old trailer (broken!) in exchange. Ok it was serious mates rates!! Only bit missing is the trailer board extension - just need to work that bit out now.
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That's no way to treat your mate
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Old 04 September 2008, 14:50   #18
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That's no way to treat your mate
He wanted the old trailer! He's going to use it as a yard trailer to store one of boats on so no issues with it self shortening..... Just glad to get a new trailer exactely the way I want it. Also got loads of spare bearings for it tucked away in the boot of the 4x4. Just waiting for the spare tyre to arrive now.
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In the good old days of lightweight boats and unbraked trailers, I used to carry a spare hub, with new bearings fitted and packed with grease. When (not if ) the old bearings gave up, it was a 20 minute job to change the hub at the side of the road. Also found that a place selling complete hub assemblies for a tenner, while some would charge 12 for a set of bearings

BTW, you won't need that rear set of rollers - the bunks will be fine
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In the good old days of lightweight boats and unbraked trailers, I used to carry a spare hub, with new bearings fitted and packed with grease. When (not if ) the old bearings gave up, it was a 20 minute job to change the hub at the side of the road. Also found that a place selling complete hub assemblies for a tenner, while some would charge 12 for a set of bearings

BTW, you won't need that rear set of rollers - the bunks will be fine
I mean the quad keel roller (wobble) at the back of the trailer just to aid getting on the trailer as the current keel roller is a bit small.
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