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Old 17 January 2010, 09:29   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: no name yet
Make: Still building it..
Length: 5m +
Engine: 115 hp
Join Date: Jan 2010
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launching no problems recovery the same

Originally Posted by rjbathgate View Post

For a while now I've struggled at the ramp getting the boat to sit straight, until I realised one of the rear guide roller/wheel sets was about 3 cm further out than it's partner on the other side, and they were actually too far apart for the width of the boat...

So now I have pulled it in a bit, and also lowered both rear guide wheel sections about a cm as bring it in made it higher.

But it's still really hard work both getting it off (needs a good strong push) and pulling up (really works the winch)... I see other boaties making it look like a baby's bottom sliding down a buttered bannister...

Looking at it now, as you can see from the pics hopefully, the boat still sits with its rear weight on the tow rear guide rollers, and about 1cm above the rear center roller,

Up front, the box weight is on the central roller.

I've heard that the weight should be on the central roller... is this the case for all trailers... ie should I lower the two rear guide rollers so that the bottom of the stern hull sits on the central roller?

So weight on central and then adjust two side guides so they are snug?

Any thoughts/advice, most appreciated...


I welded onto my trailer four upright bars.
You can if you so wish make the bars removable by fitting two plates one welded to the upright bar and the other as a backing plate 4 bolts then fix it to the frame.

EERRR in doors just brings the rib into the four bars and I hook it on and tow.

easy stuff when i launch and recover I pull the rope through the four bars push the rib right out past the end of the trailer and then just pull it in between the bars.

You can also cover the bars in foam and canvases covers if you need to .

Works for me .!!
The rib cant go either side of the trailer once it reaches the front two bars.
And is in the right towing and strapping down position every time.

I have also marked on one of the rear bars the water lever required to launch and recover..
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Old 17 January 2010, 13:26   #12
Country: New Zealand
Town: Tauranga
Boat name: Extra Pleasure
Make: Atomix
Length: 5m +
Engine: Outboard 60HP 2Strke
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yeah, i thought about side bars to 'force' it into place...

still to take it out since last post to get proper photos of it.... need some nice weather!!

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