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Old 07 June 2010, 15:56   #1
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Setting up trailer for SR4

Hi All,
I am new to this forum and you seem like a helpful bunch so I wonder if you can help please? I have just bought an Avon SR4 with a brand new Snipe trailer and I am having difficulty setting it up. Firstly, do the rollers need to be above or below the spray rails? Secondly, I cant get the snubber / winch post low enough to match the D ring. Does anyone have any advice or preferably pictures of where to set the rollers and winch post please??
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Old 07 June 2010, 16:01   #2
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Welcome to Rib.net and the Searider club

Could you post a pic of the rib & trailer please?
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Old 07 June 2010, 16:15   #3
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Hi, Thanks for the quick reply. I am new to the forum 'scene' so although I have pics on my Ipone, I am not sure how to upload. Could you advise please?
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Use the 'manage attachments' feature in the 'post reply' screen. The site will only accept low res images, so you may have to resize them.
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Thanks for the help. These are three photos of the bow problem. The boat needs to come forward 8 inches so I can ratchet down the transom direct to the rear rollers, but I am concerned at the width. The Snipe is a 3.5 500R with 4 sets of 4 rollers and its set up so they all are narrower than the spray rails. I wouls hav thought the forward ones neede to be wider. The bow setup with the winch is a bit of a conundrum, dont you think??...
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Old 07 June 2010, 17:37   #6
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Looks like the winch post height needs reducing. You may lose some of the height by tilting the post further forward.

Will the winch strap pass through the metalwork beneath the snubber?

Got any pics of the rollers?
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The winch post itself is all the way down. Can be tilted back though. The strap wont go below the snubber. I wondered about reducing the height of the wich post triangle clamp thingy by dropping it down (maybe chopping it off ultimately) then removing the snubber and setting up the lower snubber type roller as the final snubber below the D ring. What do you think?

I have also posted some other questions re the Suzuki outboard on the OB section.

I see there is a gratifying number of SR4 owners on here. Is there any other advice or specifi areas to watch for SR4 chat? I use them all the time for rescue at my club - which is why I bought this one. Its been on davits overhanging the Thames for a while so is in pretty good nick. Need to sort anchor stowage 0 where in the hell do you put an anchot in an SR4!? Also, need to get a seat back fitted, battery box, and change the controls from left to right, then I may be a little happier with her.......

Any advice much appreciated!
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Looks like the winch post height needs reducing. You may lose some of the height by tilting the post further forward.

Will the winch strap pass through the metalwork beneath the snubber?

Got any pics of the rollers?
I think you're right. That'll bring the boat forward the 8 inches or so you want too.
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Need to sort anchor stowage 0 where in the hell do you put an anchot in an SR4!? Also, need to get a seat back fitted, battery box, and change the controls from left to right, then I may be a little happier with her.......
Mollers will hopefully be here soon - he's just refurbed an SR4 and used a bit of ingenuity to resolve the storage issues you've mentioned. Check his thread out:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=35904
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I replied earlier, but I think I didnt get the save right.
I was thinking about doing away with the actual snubber. Its fixed at 90 degrees to the winch post triangle thing and the strap wont go below it. There is a smaller rubber snubber low down which may go below the D ring OK. The winch is a clamp fitting so maybe I could drop it and eb=ven chop off the bottom of the assembly to make it lower.
Its a lovely trailer but maybe a little too big. However, too big is better than too small perhaps....
The rollers are set up very narrow. Should they be closer to the skeg / planing shoe, or would they benegit from beong out beyond the spray rails? What do you think?
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