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Old 29 June 2012, 10:08   #1
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Is my trailer configured properly??

Hi All,

Nervous Nelly back again with more question

So, i finally got the boat and trailer hooked up and everything!



I'm taking it out for the maiden voyage tomorrow with my 5 year old daughter. The lake is about an hour away, so want to make sure i got everything configured properly. The place I bought the trailer from (Sheltered Cove Marina, NJ) was useless.

Bow roller






  • Should I replace the bow roller with a different type (one that is more flat)?
  • I positioned the bow handle so it rests just behind the roller. Is this correct?
  • The instructions for the Zodiac said not to attach the wench to the bow handle, but to use the tow rings instead. So i connected the tow rings to each other using a small cable, and connected that to the wench. Is that correct?
  • Generally speaking, does this look correct?
Keel roller


  • Should I replace the keel roller with a different roller
  • Generally speaking, does this look correct?
Bunks







  • Are the bunks underneath a good part of the boat?
  • I left overhang at the end. Is it too much or too little?
  • I raised both bunks as high as they can go, and centered the boat perfectly, yet one tube is resting slightly on the plastic fender. Is this OK?


Also, the tongue weight appears to be only about 25 pounds or so. I can’t move the boat any more forward. I took a ride around the neighborhood, and got up to around 50MPH, and it still felt OK. Is this safe?

Thanks so much for all the good advice. If it was just me, and 20 years ago, I’d feel invincible and not be so worried. But it’s going to be me and my daughter, and last thing I want to do is take any chances.

Thanks again!!!
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Old 29 June 2012, 10:17   #2
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Generally I would say all looks OK. But I think the tubes could do with some air in them. Also, I'm not sure as it is a little hard to tell from the photo, but you may want to try the bow strap to the ratchet, running over the top of the roller, and then tying down the bow, using the bow eye vertically down on to the tow beam.

Hope that makes sense, and your daughter is bound to have a great time.
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Old 29 June 2012, 10:27   #3
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Yes...I'm glad you said that.

the instructions for the trailer clearly say not to run the cable over the roller.

But i did buy some 6 foot ratchet straps to tie down the transom in the back (using the motor plate), and the the bow handle vertically down on to the tow beam like you said. that makes it feel much more secure. it's just not in these photos.
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Great - hope you have better weather this weekend than we are expecting!
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Looks good Just remember your safety gear, life vests, kill cord, waterproof cover for your phone e.t.c. and DO NOT let anyone swim or be in the water around the props, it is DEADLY and easy to make the mistake when picking someone up out of the water.

Also look at the boat and imagine you have been thrown out of it and are in the water, do you have the capability and a plan to haul yourself back in, if not prepare for that, you just never know, have a great time
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Looks good Just remember your safety gear, life vests, kill cord, waterproof cover for your phone e.t.c. and DO NOT let anyone swim or be in the water around the props, it is DEADLY and easy to make the mistake when picking someone up out of the water.

Also look at the boat and imagine you have been thrown out of it and are in the water, do you have the capability and a plan to haul yourself back in, if not prepare for that, you just never know, have a great time
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Yes...I'm glad you said that.

the instructions for the trailer clearly say not to run the cable over the roller.

But i did buy some 6 foot ratchet straps to tie down the transom in the back (using the motor plate), and the the bow handle vertically down on to the tow beam like you said. that makes it feel much more secure. it's just not in these photos.
I was about to say ratchet from the transom
Don't forget your orange prop cover (whilst writing realising this may not be law in the states)...

Also check your lightboard is working, brakes and indicators... Tie down anything loose in the SIB especially rope, a loose line can whip into other vehicles...

To be honest though you look like you've got it all covered, nice little rig
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Do you have a spare wheel? if so have the right spanner for the nuts. I guess if you are in a lake it is fresh water, if in salt water with a light rig like that a rope can be used from the tow bar to the trailer to save getting the bearings salty and extend their life

Also go around the trailer and test all the nuts, also check tyre pressures. If you are travelling with the outboard up, sometimes a block of wood is handy to jam between the engine and transom to relieve some pressure when it is jumping about if you have speed humps or similar there.
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If you are travelling with the outboard up, sometimes a block of wood is handy to jam between the engine and transom to relieve some pressure when it is jumping about if you have speed humps or similar there.
Sounds like the bitter voice of experience there
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