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Old 29 October 2016, 04:48   #1
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Oh b***er - trailer roller trapped behind transom

Hi All,

Recovered our Searider last night after its first summer afloat on a swinging mooring. All went really well until it was pointed out to me, after we reached our destination, that I had winched the boat so far up the trailer that the rear rollers of the trailer have become caught behind the transom .

The trailer is an early model Hallmark / Indespension Rollercoaster 1, some pics of the offending rollers below.

Does anyone have any idea how I might be able to re-seat the boat onto the rollers without re-floating (this is a last ditch option but I am keen to avoid for various reasons). As a temporary measure I have used a ratchet strap to pull the bottom of the swinging crossbar towards the front of the trailer, but I dont think I can put enough tension on it to pull it horizontal.

Clearly the trailer isnt set-up properly, so I also need to think about what I need to change to avoid this happening again.

Any suggestions appreciated!

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Thanks for your time in reading this.

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Old 29 October 2016, 04:50   #2
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Should be a simple fix, move the winch post back to prevent the boat coming too far forward. the boat won't be that heavy, grab some mate and lift it back If not jack the boat up onto blocks and pull trailer forward.
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Old 29 October 2016, 04:53   #3
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To reset, take your winch strap and run it back under the axle then upto your bow eye, winch it as per normal but it will go backwards. If you have a wire be very careful or you may damage the hull so towels or sheets may help. You may be able to push that it back by hand? hook the stern eyes upto a post and drive forwards a bit?
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Old 29 October 2016, 05:05   #4
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Hi guys;

Thanks for the swift responses!

1. Moving the winch post back - yes I agree, but as per this picture I don't think I can adjust any further back as it is hard up against the frame:



2. Looping the winch strap back around an axel is a genius idea, thank you! It's a seatbelt type material strap so hopefully no risk of damage, although I will use something to protect it from chafing. I'm still not 100% sure if it will work and I think I may need to put something inbetween the transom and the roller to act as a ramp / wedge to guide the boat up and onto the roller.

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Old 29 October 2016, 05:13   #5
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I'd be using a trolley jack, jack the back up and gently push - by adding a snubber block to the front post you should be able to add a couple of inches.
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Old 29 October 2016, 05:21   #6
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If you can't move the winch post back, jack the back end up and move the rear roller cradle forward.
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Ok so I fixed this by running the winch strap back underneath the trailer and using it to pull the roller cradle forward (and level) then gently pulled the boat back and released the winch - job done! Thanks for the help!!
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nice one, glad it worked

you should perhaps try to set the trailer up to stop that though and balance it accordingly.

i suspect you need to move the rear swing forward if you have no room left on the winch post to move, unless the trailer is too big for the boat ofcourse?

once the above is done you can move the axle to get it balanced accordingly
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Hi Xk59D, thanks - it was your suggestion that inspired me to use the winch to pull the frame forward!

Re: moving things around I'm fairly sure the position of the swinging rollers is fixed. I think the first thing to try is swapping out the snubber at the front for a marginally bigger one. This issue notwithstanding, overall I think it is a good trailer for the boat and the balance seems good. In any case, at the moment it is being used principally for storage rather than for frequent towing and launching.

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If you can't move the winch post back, jack the back end up and move the rear roller cradle forward.
From the photo it looks as though lifting the snubber a couple of inches would push the boat back a bit.
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