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Old 22 April 2014, 05:51   #1
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trailer bunk material

Want to replace my twin bunks on each side, with a single full length bunk on each side, as the 2nd bunk gets stuck in the step of the hull.

What would and what carpet shall i use? Or could I use a plastic to stop any risk of blistering and make it slipy

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Old 22 April 2014, 05:55   #2
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Generally I think it's waterproof automotive carpet, easy to find. But often thought 'AstroTurf' or similar would work well and be slippery too?

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Old 22 April 2014, 06:44   #3
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I had carpet on mine from the factory and the boat would be pretty hard to get on and off.

After Googling the US sites I decided to try a plastic wood product and it has made life a lot easier.

The downside is that the boat will slide around the trailer if you forget the strap, but overall a great upgrade for me.
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Old 22 April 2014, 10:52   #4
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I replaced the bunks on my trailer with clear cedar 2" x 8" x 10'. Used outdoor carpet (which wore through pretty quickly. I have an aluminum hull so I don't really care.)

The bunk slides are usually HDPE strips; probably cheaper to buy from a plastics supply place than a marine trailer shop. The ones I've looked at are about 1/4" thick by an inch or so wide; you use 2 per bunk (though no reason you couldn't use more if you want more support.) Countersink the screws in and you're good to go.

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