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Old 24 June 2016, 07:31   #11
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try the metal store they have galv box & hand rail my docking arms are made from that cost was 60 for both and deliver prompt carpet from Shakespeare boats or better still use HDPE sheet from direct plastics for the keel bunk or cheaper still composite deck board from B&Q one side is astro turf.

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Old 24 June 2016, 07:42   #12
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Once again Jeff, thanks for taking time to respond. I did see your setup (not that I realised it) on one of my many searches and it just highlights the direction I want to take. My trailer ends short of the transom but a central bunk sounds like it will alleviate the problem.

On another related note. I see you trailer is raised on the axle. I was thinking about that too. My van has slightly raised suspension and that has an obvious effect on the trailer of tipping the rear down a bit. Is that a Jeff mod or out of the factory like that?

Sorry I will stop whinging on about trailers at some point!
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Old 24 June 2016, 07:53   #13
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(Sorry to hijack the thread, but)
what type of trailer do you use for your F-RIB and do you dismount the engine when trailing, or.....
do you stow the F-Rib in your car?
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Old 24 June 2016, 08:29   #14
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Hijack away Brian...

I know I am becoming a real bore but I've had yet another look. It's a bit like the measure twice cut once approach. But I have another thought, and I know it'll upset the weight distribution a little but not sure its going to be that bad.

However the post that holds the front pad can be adjusted so its lower, if I do this the boat will come forward by about 40cm and the pad will sit under the tube and on the front of the floor level with the keel. Doing this will mean that the rear pad will be under the transom and would just need to be raised. This is obviously the easiest mod to do but my question is. Is the pad OK under the front tube where the floor is?

I promise the trailer droning will stop once sorted. Honest...

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Old 24 June 2016, 08:39   #15
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Once again Jeff, thanks for taking time to respond. I did see your setup (not that I realised it) on one of my many searches and it just highlights the direction I want to take. My trailer ends short of the transom but a central bunk sounds like it will alleviate the problem.

On another related note. I see you trailer is raised on the axle. I was thinking about that too. My van has slightly raised suspension and that has an obvious effect on the trailer of tipping the rear down a bit. Is that a Jeff mod or out of the factory like that?

Sorry I will stop whinging on about trailers at some point!
ah see what you mean my trailer is an indespension vario it has leaf springs giving it height two schools of thought its higher yes good for
clearance over rough ground, but needs deeper water to float the boat off.
if you have the tow ball too high buy a drop plate for your vehicle tow sure or similar will have than dont forget you need longer bolts.measurment should be about 16 inch to the ball top from memory
your not whinging its advice your seeking and thats what this forum is about we all need help from others if its only a what do you think.

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Old 24 June 2016, 08:49   #16
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so what your saying is if you pull the boat forward it will line up as it should with the transom block, then the bow will rest on the winch post pad which it should.[spot on] get a cheep winch 20 to help pull the boat back on fitted to the post, looking at it the winch will pull down slightly [spot on] so spending/work wise minimal.
just a tip if you do use the winch you should have three bow rings one in the middle one each side slice a piece of rope tight to each ring so when you pull the boat on it shares the load on all three.
launching arms are good too if you retrieve on your own it line the boat up on the trailer.

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Awesome Jeff and spot on mate, that's exactly what I am saying! That's it, I'm doing what you say. My mum is great at the ole splicing game so she'll be very pleased to splice up a brace for me.

Right, hopefully my further posts will be show and tells of what I have done.

Thanks again for all the advise chaps.
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when you measure up and splice deflate the front tube to get it tight
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when you measure up and splice deflate the front tube to get it tight
Excellent. I've looked at your pics and I see the rope setup so will copy that.
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Winch ordered, oddly excited about making these changes to a trailer
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