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Old 06 March 2015, 09:18   #11
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My bunks are around 120 mm higher than the metalwork of the trailer.
The sib sat on the trailer ok without a keel support.
I fashioned a bunk support out of some old wood and covered it with carpet.
The keel support really makes a difference to supporting the weight of the Sib.
I'd make one even if it is just a wrap of carpet around the box section of your trailer.

Counting down till easter hols to hopefully get back out on the brine!
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From running out of staples to shearing U-bolts, it's not 95% complete! All that remains is to finish stapling the carpet to the bunk end on the left side (ran out of staples!) And properly attach the transom saver, and a few other odds and ends and I will have a complete trailer! The uprights (the 2 at the end that slope) won't budge so I can't raise them high enough to support the transom but the bunks should be ok... I may put in a keel support as the keel rests against the trailer, but will have a look at the rest next weekend!
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If it were mine:
I would want a carpeted bit of wood down the middle for the keel (those bolt heads are going to damage keel ), and an extra metal cross beam at the front of the bunks to take the weight on the front and stop the wooden side bunks splitting due to the leverage effect on single support.
Mudguards would be a good idea.

Doing the above would remove lots of potential problems. HTH.

PS. heat the stuck bolts to free them.
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If it were mine:
I would want a carpeted bit of wood down the middle for the keel (those bolt heads are going to damage keel ), and an extra metal cross beam at the front of the bunks to take the weight on the front and stop the wooden side bunks splitting due to the leverage effect on single support.
Mudguards would be a good idea.

Doing the above would remove lots of potential problems. HTH.

PS. heat the stuck bolts to free them.
I'll second everything mentioned above.
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If it were mine:
I would want a carpeted bit of wood down the middle for the keel (those bolt heads are going to damage keel ), and an extra metal cross beam at the front of the bunks to take the weight on the front and stop the wooden side bunks splitting due to the leverage effect on single support.
Mudguards would be a good idea.

Doing the above would remove lots of potential problems. HTH.

PS. heat the stuck bolts to free them.
I will be doing the keel support next weekend, I will have a think about the bunk support and may well add it in. As for the mudguards I will get a pair and fit them. Thank you for the suggestions!
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