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Old 16 August 2006, 21:19   #31
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Steven. You only need four rollers. Stop pissing about and do it. Bunk only trailers are only suitable for float on/off applications. regards. T.
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Old 17 August 2006, 05:03   #32
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Old 17 August 2006, 12:13   #33
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So there isn't really a magic solution that I have overlooked then, if you want to launch in shallow water then rollers are the only way?

Lots of money....
You could try reversing at 60 and stamping on the brakes. (Untie the boat first though) Using this technique I think you'd launch at any state of the tide.


I had a nice trailer in the states which featured a roller for the keel and side carpet covered bunks for the rails/chines. It was a true "drive on" jobby with structural hull guides. Bunks were marine ply secured with countersunk bolts covered in commercial grade carpet - glued. No problem launching or recovering and the boat was very stable towing - always went on in the same place each time. The weight was principally taken on the rollers and the bunks just touching so no great pressure stopping the boat sliding.
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As to the last post, a friend of mine was launching his boat on a Monday (I was back at work, as were most people, I presume - he claimed no witnesses other than his dive buddy.)

He backs the boat into the water, and taps the brakes to get the boat off. NoGo. Pull up a bit, back in, hit the brakes harder. Still NoGo. One more time, with a bit of speed, and everything in the back of the pickup slides out, and is floating the ramp area. Get out, recover equipment bins, several dive cylinders, a cooler (which, conveniently, has shed the weight of all the contents), a couple of duffel bags of dry clothes (well, used to be dry, anyway), etc.

Look at the boat, and realize the trailer is not sitting flat. One wheel is suspended mid-water. Wade in, and see the problem: One transom strap still attached. Release transom strap, dodge trailer as it sinks to the bottom, dodge boat as it springs back to it's normal float line, pull out and park, go diving.

Sometimes, my friends are not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

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Nice one!

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Old 17 August 2006, 17:30   #36
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I can beat that

Several years ago we were moored at one of the Marinas, adjacent to the lauch ramp, on Lake Mead ( AZ/NV). A couple in a 26ft. hard boat came in to retrieve.
He got off on the jetty while she circled the boat awaiting him with the trailer/vehicle rig ( vehicle was a $50k. Chevy Surburban) to back down the ramp. He backed it down, but not deep enough, she tried to drive on trailer but no success. He got out of Suburan and shouted "use more power you stupid B*tch. She did. Boat went right through the trailer and though the back window of the Suburban. I cannot publish the subsequent language. Wish I had had a camera. Damage to boat and vehicle had to at least $30K. We just fell over laughing and had another beer.
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Several years ago we were moored at one of the Marinas, adjacent to the lauch ramp, on Lake Mead ( AZ/NV). A couple in a 26ft. hard boat came in to retrieve.
He got off on the jetty while she circled the boat awaiting him with the trailer/vehicle rig ( vehicle was a $50k. Chevy Surburban) to back down the ramp. He backed it down, but not deep enough, she tried to drive on trailer but no success. He got out of Suburan and shouted "use more power you stupid B*tch. She did. Boat went right through the trailer and though the back window of the Suburban. I cannot publish the subsequent language. Wish I had had a camera. Damage to boat and vehicle had to at least $30K. We just fell over laughing and had another beer.
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