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Old 22 April 2006, 01:50   #11
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Stephen;

This may be an easier solution, assuming your problem is getting the boat on and off the trailer:

http://www.surfixinc.com/surfix_trailer_bunkslides.html

There are a bunch of products that are similar, ranging from screw-on strips to bunks made from a similar polymer material.

Personally, I like the support that bunks afford (though with an aluminum hull, it's not quite so important to me.)

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Old 22 April 2006, 07:38   #12
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jky, that looks worth investigating, would be really easy to fit on to my trailer too, just take the current wooden runners off.

Do they make a big difference on yours?

Getting the boat on yesterday was easier than I expected (first time) somebody else backed the trailer into the water for me, nosed gently into place until it was resting on the trailer and then a few quick squirts of the throttle which shifted it about a foot each time until it bumped against the front of the trailer, mate drove vehicle out, job done. Getting it off was a lot harder, it seemed "stuck" to the trailer and lots of reverse thrust in shallow water just fills the boat up!

If I go for rollers I may just get keel rollers and lots of them, and leave the solid supports for the sides of the hull - with a few small rollers putting pressure on small areas of the hull it will get a tough time on the roads here which are very rough.

But I like the idea of those slides, it appeals to the lazy person in me who is looking for an easy solution not involving too much work


Edited to say: do you know if there is a UK supplier? getting stuff from the US to here is nigh on impossible. can't see anything on the website about UK agents.
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Old 22 April 2006, 08:46   #13
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Just buy a sheet of 8' x 4' polypropelyne - really slippery stuff and hard wearing.Cut it into strips with a circular saw or jigsaw and use reccessed countersunk ss screws.
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Old 22 April 2006, 10:13   #14
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10mm or 22mm polyprop or fomex ever so cheap .amari plastics or william cox, will have off cuts lying around in there ware houses i bet,

i betya i have some in my factory to,
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Old 22 April 2006, 15:18   #15
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They have just had a load of bankrupt stock in from indespension, might be worth a look?
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/CAN083/
GL - how do you know they are indespension

(An indespension owner needing some bits...)
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Sorry, Stephen;

Didn't mention that I have regular carpeted bunks. I don't have too much trouble launching and recovering, and there are rumors of the bunk slicks being *really* slippery (enough so that the standard warning is to leave the winch connected until the boat is well over the water.)

Might also try a silicone spray on what you've got; some people say it works well.

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Sorry, Stephen;

Didn't mention that I have regular carpeted bunks. I don't have too much trouble launching and recovering, and there are rumors of the bunk slicks being *really* slippery (enough so that the standard warning is to leave the winch connected until the boat is well over the water.)

Might also try a silicone spray on what you've got; some people say it works well.

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The main support on mine is a painted length of about 2"x6" timber which runs the full length of the keel, it is quite hard to get the boat off that unless you are in very deep water (or put the vehicle in the water) which limits launching options. Really slippery would be good - then I can do what a friend of mine does with a home made roller trailer, hitch a long line on to the bow loop, tie it to the trailer, back into the water and brake suddenly, boat rolls off trailer into water, drive vehicle/trailer out, pull boat in to shore, hop aboard
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You could always tack some carpet to the wood and wax it-that'd make it easier.
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Old 26 April 2006, 07:27   #19
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You could always tack some carpet to the wood and wax it-that'd make it easier.
what sort of wax do people usually use for this? melted candle, wax furniture polish, ... ?

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what sort of wax do people usually use for this?

i yewse fairry likwid. itt maiks de bunnks slippiryer thann a imoc raydio an woshis de bote att de saim tyme

downt revv de enjin too mucch getin orf de trayler orr yool disapeer in a clowd ov bubbuls

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