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Old 16 December 2005, 15:38   #31
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Tie-Down Engineering Disc Brakes

Check out disc brake conversion kits for boat trailers, Tie-Down Engineering (http://www.tiedown.com/) is a good place to start researching. Drum brakes have too many parts that corrode and fail in the marine environment. Washing your trailer and boat with fresh water after every use will also extend the life of your investment.

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Old 16 December 2005, 16:04   #32
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I also like to wash my "investment" with fresh water every time after use. I then like to rub in a little oil, stand back and admire it.
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Old 16 December 2005, 16:08   #33
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I tow from Penryn to Falmouth, about 3 miles tops, as i am lazy i dunk the trailer both on launch and recovery. Most times i jet wash the boat and trailer on the way back although often not.

Sometimes the brakes have seized a little and only once have i needed to jack it up and give the drums a tap. Normally a push pull with the car is enough to sort it quickly.

I always launch and recover with cold bearings.
I never park the trailer with the brake on.
I always pull forward a few inches after reversing.

Now when checking the boat and always the day after use, I move it an inch or to each way- just enough to move the wheels i don't even have to remove the clamp. Since doing this there is never any sign of seize at all.

I always try the brakes gently every time i use it, and all seams fine.

The trailer is a Hallmark Roller Coaster 1.

The above works for me, i know i should do a lot more but thats life.

How come you live in PZ and tow the boat from Penryn to Fal. Where do you practice the black art of marine electronics? Do you know the infamous Greener?
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Old 17 December 2005, 18:11   #34
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Hi, I I've only got a running mooring in Pz but can keep the rib on the trailer at penryn. Launching at falmouth is easy with no tide or weather to worry about and can always find somewhere calm to fish. You can get far more days in from falmouth than in mounts bay.

At the mo I'm working for a company called Marine Electronics who have a shop in Waterside House, next to the BMW garage, they also have a shop in Fowey and yes of course I know Kevin

Hopefully the boat will be coded in the spring and as i'm self employed i'll try to juggle the two.
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