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Old 07 June 2010, 18:41   #11
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DHD, I saw the Moller Mobile earlier. Looks nice. The trailer offers very little support I thought. I have damaged so many hulls over the years trailing, that I am maybe a little paranoid about getting it right. The Snipe has loads of support and I guess the SR$ is a much hardier hull than I am used to.
Anyway, going to turn in now and will talk tomorrow. Look forweard to any of your advice - or that of your friends - tomorrow.
Thanks again for the reassurance on the engine.
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Old 07 June 2010, 18:45   #12
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A bit of modification with a hacksaw and some adjustment and your current winch post will be fine. You may have to change the snubber itself, but it's not an expensive job to sort out.

Don't be tempted to use the roller further down as a snubber-it'll move.
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Old 07 June 2010, 18:50   #13
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You should be able to set up the rollers to span the spray rails. Take care to place them so the hull doesn't hit the frame/axle as it's being winched forward. It isn't crucial where the hull sits on the rollers, but avoid the spray rails. If the rollers are too close together at the keel, then you may have trouble driving the boat onto the trailer, as you'll only have a small target to aim for and the keel may end up riding onto the axle of a pair of rollers rather than down the middle.

Photos would be good
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Don't be tempted to use the roller further down as a snubber-it'll move.
And it's too low to stop the hull moving forward. It could ride over that roller and cause trouble.
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Old 07 June 2010, 18:57   #15
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Not sure how I can mod the snubber. Its fixed 90 degrees to the wich post but will go back a bit. If the winch post stands up straighter, then its all still too high. Getting more conbfused now! How do you or Nos suggest I do that?
Will do some under hull / roller shots tomorrow, but I think you have answered my question re the rollers, just need to sort the bow out......plus all the other things!.
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I'd cut down post 1 at the bottom then rearrange the bolts on the side plates and lower them so the cut down post can sit lower.


Might be a neater job to make a solid winchpost up with an adjustable snubber that you can u-bolt on though.
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Old 08 June 2010, 13:31   #17
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Evening All,
I have taken some shots of the trailer roller setup as the previous owner left it. The rollers are almost touching each other at the skeg / planing shoe. I think the guy was unsure about the swing beams and what they do. I feel it all needs widening out. The shots are a bit dark in places but you may get the gist of the problem. If anyone can advise me I would be grateful.
Have a look......
There are 4 sets of 4 rollers with absolutely loads of adjustments available, and I am inexperienced with this type of multi roller pivot beam trailer.
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Old 09 June 2010, 09:41   #18
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Jumping back to the snubber, might be worth giving Mersea trailers a call - they now do the Snipe range, and they may be able to provide you with bits to do it slightly differently - I have garage length issues and wanted a braked trailer, so I've doubled my snubber bar up as the brace. the Snubber bars i nthe pic are hollow section about 3/4 x 1.5 (more likely metric equivalent)!


If you could get them to supply a set of them, you could spin the whole lot round so the currnet snubber bars become the brace, and replace them with a couple of totally adjustable snubber holders,which because they sandwich the winch post you can pass the strap through. Plenty of parts out there to play lego with!


I have since packed my winch out on a lump of 2" thick hardwood, so it does now pull forward horizontally instead of vertically down in the last couple of handle turns as in the photo.




And yes, best bet is to move those rlolelr sets outuntil the outer roller is jsut outside the spray rail, the inside roller should hopefully then miss the inner rail.
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Old 10 June 2010, 06:26   #19
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Hi All,
I cant move the rollers out, because if I do the skeg will hit the trailer!!
Also, I am fed up with the winch post issue now so I think I will change the roller trailer for bunks. Less maintenance and they support the boat better in my opinion. I may get it swapped for no cost as the roller one is brand new. Any comments?
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Ah, yours only go sideways, some have an up / down adjustment as well......

Having said that, if you spread the ones under the rear of the boat out you'll still have tons of room for the keel. You might want to add a keel roller for that initial foot or so where the bow gets there first but the rest of the hull isnlt there on the rollers, even if it doesn't rest on that when fully on.

By the time it meets the front rollers, it's gone as flat as it's going to go, so then it's just a case of spreading them until the keel still doesn't touch metal and the roller isn't on the spray rail.

- if you spread the rear & leave the frot rollers, the baot wil lsit at a slight angle, and may solve your winch post problem as well........

Other option is see if they'll trade the rear roller set in for a 6 or 8 roller set. less chance of hull -metal contact with more rollers.

Another option is that you replace the front rollers with short widely spaced bunks, and use the rear swing beam as is now (narrow tro prevent bow damage) to assist with getting it off & on?
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