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Old 30 January 2008, 09:42   #1
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Trailer loading

Could i please have some informative help on securing the rib to the trailer in that when i moved mine it came forward and ran up the bow snubber leaving the last set of rollers behind the transom. I had the bow ring fast to the winch and a strap over the rear from side to side. What am i doing wrong or what should i do thanks.
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Old 30 January 2008, 10:52   #2
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Don't brake so hard?

Seriously though, the best way to stop it moving forwards is to take a second rope form the bow eye back under the boat to something solid on the trailer chassis.

Problem with strapping ribs down with the traditional strap over the back is that the tubes will never be solid enough to actually hold it down, even with the biggest ratchet you can find. You would be amazed just how little slack a strap or needs for the bouncing to move it to a place where it's even slacker.....

So, Rope from your bow eye aft to the chassis, and a strap (or two) to a solid point on your transom to stop the stern bouncing. (most have U- bolts handily placed for this)

It;s the unfortunate thing with roller trialers - the frictionless ease of launch & recovery becomes it;s own worst enemy on the road!
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Old 30 January 2008, 11:10   #3
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Thankyou for your swift reply should the bow eye be level with the winch and also how do i get it reversed back on to the trailer properly cheers.
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To get the boat back over the rollers, try a floor jack and some timber. You need to raise the stern of the boat enough to take the weight off the front set of rollers on that arm. On a solid surface (smooth concrete would be best - easier to roll the jack) you should be able to drag the boat along with the jack.

Alternatively, jack up the back of the boat, and run your winch strap back around one of the trailer cross-members. Cranking the winch will then pull the boat backwards.

Luck;

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Old 30 January 2008, 11:24   #5
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Thanks i will give the second one a go as i have no smooth ground to work with, i was half expecting someone to say accelerate up a hill.
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if it happens again, move the back rollers farward slightly, we did it with our searider, and that helped a lot
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You need to be careful doing this but....jack the boat up with a trolley jack (be careful of the gel coat), then behind the outboard prop leg use a padded block of wood to brace against the trailer and carefully using the hydraulics of the power tilt, pull the boat back (trim in) onto the trailer. This works very well - but be careful and ensure the trolley jack can freely move (i.e. no grip under the wheels).

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Old 30 January 2008, 15:34   #9
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why don't you just float it off
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because he aint near water probably
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