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Old 18 September 2007, 17:25   #11
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it is also helpful to have the rollers set up tight so they dont swivel or float too easily, mine are quite stiff to move which is great so they dont get moved by the waves when beach launching or recovering, it can save you a lot of heartache and gouges
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it is also helpful to have the rollers set up tight so they dont swivel or float too easily, mine are quite stiff to move which is great so they dont get moved by the waves when beach launching or recovering......
I think this nobber means the roller axle mountings, not the rollers

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...... it can save you a lot of heartache and gauges
I haven't a clue how his trailer set-up affects his Smartcraft clocks
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I think this nobber means the roller axle mountings, not the rollers



I haven't a clue how his trailer set-up affects his Smartcraft clocks
i am sure you are correct
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yes pigs tits spelt gauges instead of gouges, never mind
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Bungee

I've used bungee to ensure rollers / gunwhale supports on a dinghy trailer "fell" the right way, then as the hull rolled up across them, the rollers could easily follow the contours.

You'd probably need to replace the bungee once a season, 'coz the rubber takes offence at being dunked so often and then held in tension while the boat is sitting there, but it's not expensive and does help line things up!
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I've just done the reverse - rollers were set so that they would always catch the chine rail on one side or the other, and pull the boat lob-sided onto the trailer - I've moved them towards the centre line by approx 2" both sides, last time it took me and daughter approx 45 minutes to get the boat retrieved and straight on the traioler.
then moved tham and it came out straight first time
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re:Trailer rollers ... how far apart are yours

About 60 miles apart for two of 'em relative to the rest of the population

I doubt there's any hard and fast rule about wider or narrower as the amount of V and several other factors mean trial and error is the only way to optimize your trailer. There have been several good points made on what to watch for when moving the rollers but it might also be worth checking none of the rollers are binding as that will slew the boat as it comes on to the trailer. Just see if they all spin freely next time you have the boat off.

I widened the swinging rear rollers on a Rollercoaster 5 trailer last year and found I had to add a keel roller on the axle to protect the keel during launching/recovery. Mountings seem to be provided as standard for just this purpose.

If you do find the boat misaligned on the trailer, I've found you can make a small correction using a ratchet strap sideways off the ski eyes or even the bottom of the engine transome mount. Works best when the rig is still wet and be careful you don't pop rollers off with brute force. Apply the strap, tension it and then even a fractional bounce the boat on the trailer should move it across. Use any natural slope in the car park in your favour too.
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