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Old 04 February 2015, 13:40   #11
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We must be thinking of different things:


Although it would lubricate the bunks I suppose!
It's a USA product... composite wood stuff.
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Although it would lubricate the bunks I suppose!
Do they still make that

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It's a USA product... composite wood stuff.

So is Trex
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Trex is far superior to pressure treated wood in so many ways. The chances of wearing Trex out or it breaking without doing something stupid is slim. "Do it once, do it right, and never do it again". It tends to be a slightly slippery product so it makes winching a boat easier, as it slips up the trailer. Not quite as easy as rollers, but that is good in other ways as the boat won't slide around as much, and the contact surface is larger. Never would I move a Trex bunked trailer on a slope though without the bow strapped down. (I have loaded and unloaded many boats by just driving them on and pulling the truck/trailer out of the water, to later strap the boat down, but they all had carpeted bunks. The trailer is only in the water for 20 seconds, so it keeps the tow vehicle line moving.) Trex makes launching easier as you just give it a push, or a little reverse, and it slides off the trailer.


Explore Trex Decking, Railing, Outdoor Furniture & Lighting - Trex

I am sure they have a similar product in the EU.
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Old 04 February 2015, 14:30   #14
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They do indeed — we use it at home. Weird stuff, like a cross between snow and fat, but it fries a decent egg .

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Thanks .

We once tried some blocks of green plastic — possibly HDPE — but it was too narrow and made it difficult to get the boat off. It was much improved by the addition of wooden tops about the size of that Trex decking. That looks like it'd do the same job in one go, although we've gone back to rollers since replacing the launching trolleys.
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There is little wrong with the trailers design all that is required is to drop the bunks a little so the weight is on the keel rollers too,this will spread the load throughout the hull

We store our 8.5tonne cruiser ashore & it is supported on a set of blocks at the front of the keel & a set at the rear & 4 stands at the outer edges of the hull
The keel is the strongest part of the boat & most boats will support their own weight on their keels. take a look around a few boat yards & you will see many boats sat on minimal keel blocks & props
No need to start over complicating things & modifying a perfectly adequate trailer
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"No need to start over complicating things & modifying a perfectly adequate trailer"

Agree with that! Its the same trailer that the boat has been on for years so cant be that bad...plus, i am fast running out of dosh to do any major mods what with having to buy radios, new seats/upholstery, RYA courses, the list goes on........
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There is a big difference between a boat stored on blocks in a yard, and one bouncing down the road going airborne at times. Light trailers bounce off the ground, plan for it, and strap the boat down.

I will agree it is a light boat and doesn't need to much, just make sure the transom is supported.
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If it were my trailer, I would be looking hard at replacing the bunks with something far longer. Since it is a hard hull, some Trex bolted on (No need for carpet and the boat will slide on and off easier), with maybe one new stanchion forward on each side would do the trick. Just doesn't seem like the hull is well supported enough. They should extend out from under the transom too to support it. A twist would have to be put in the bunks to follow the curve of the hull.
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I was thinking the same thing. Those bunks appear too short to be supporting the weight of the hull properly. I'm not fond of rollers in general, but since you've got them, the majority of the hull weight should be spread across them, rather than on the last 1/3 or so of the trailer (where the bunks appear to be).

BTW, "Trex" is a recycled plastic composite "board" material that can be cut and utilized like a wood board but is impervious to water, since it is plastic. It also tends to be more slippery than a carpeted bunk, helping get the boat on and off. Wood-plastic composite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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