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Old 12 January 2008, 08:27   #1
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new de graaff trailer

hi am in talks with de graaff but cannot decide which trailer would be best , my rib is a 5.4 avon sea rider , the trailer i want is either the sb1300 2 or the pa 1300 2 the pa has keel rollers but the sb doesnt , as the sb as no keel rollers as the rib is comming of the rollers wont it catch on the rear sing beam . please give advise as i dont want to buy the wish id bought the other trailer, thanks very much andy.
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Old 12 January 2008, 08:37   #2
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I have an indespension roller coaster that my 5.4 is on, and it has never caught on the swing beam, very easy to launch and recover with.

If you are worried, ask them and they could probably attach a centre keel roller to the swing beam, not sure if it would do anything though or maybe it would be in the way with the boat loaded (i.e. hold the hull above the swing rollers).
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Old 12 January 2008, 09:30   #3
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thanks for that info , ive never had a roller coaster so dont know how it loads or sits on .
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Old 12 January 2008, 11:10   #4
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I would get the one without keel rollers - I've had several roller trailers without and you simply point the boat in the middle of the trailer and drive it on - the rollers will guide the boat into the right place. I've got a DeGraff with keel rollers at the moment and it's a pain as you have to get the boat in exactly the right place when you first hit the trailer otherwise the boat won't go on right. If you are worried about the hull hitting the swing beam (which it shouldn't) get them to put a flat piece of rubber on the top of the beam - I had a snipe roller trailer which had this just in case.
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Old 12 January 2008, 12:05   #5
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Have a look at the dixon Bate, 24 rollers and the searider sits superbly, very easy to self launch and recover,
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Old 12 January 2008, 17:07   #6
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Have a look at the dixon Bate, 24 rollers and the searider sits superbly, very easy to self launch and recover,
It may cost more than your boat though...
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Old 14 January 2008, 08:28   #7
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OI DOWNHILLDAI i live up north and dont get paid half as much as you sothern lot, im happy with it and so are others with seariders, if youve nowt better to say other than critisize other peoples gear , then keep to your self please , you would'nt like if i slagged of your set up.
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Old 14 January 2008, 11:25   #8
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OI DOWNHILLDAI i live up north and dont get paid half as much as you sothern lot, im happy with it and so are others with seariders, if youve nowt better to say other than critisize other peoples gear , then keep to your self please , you would'nt like if i slagged of your set up.
Errrrm.... He's not. Dixon-Bate are very expensive! Bloody good though.
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Old 14 January 2008, 11:42   #9
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For what it's worth my new trailer is going to cost approx twice what I paid for the boat.

On the plus side, I noticed DeGraaf on Ebay at lunchtime - dozens of trailers at approx "no vat" prices. ....except of course, the size I need......


Back to the original point of the thread tho' - my old SR4 was on a keel roller / bunk trailer - nightmare to recover in anything other than flat calm on a steep slip. Helped a friend recover on a Dixon-Bate Swing beam / roller. I just stood there & winched. Boat rolled on, all nicely centred and secure. I also thought his bow would smack the metalwork, but the rollers were close enough together that the bow lifted before it got anywhere near the solid bits.

My plan is either a DeGr or a Snipe Swing beam (I need to be slightly choosy as not all will fit through my garage door!)
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Phone them up and ask for a price, mine was bought direct at ebay prices with extras by calling them direct and buying over the phone.......
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