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Old 18 May 2014, 13:57   #1
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Washing trailered Sib

Added a galvanised steel pole the same diameter as my trailer jockey wheel to the Sib inventory.

Makes life a whole lot easier when washing sib out after a day's
sea fishing.

Home built trailer has wheels well to the rear so it can be elevated to a decent angle to facilitate drainage.

Works a treat. Just hose out and leave elevated to drain/dry.
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Old 18 May 2014, 14:49   #2
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Or get your wife to hold it up and tell her it will help with the old 'bat wings'...
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Or get your wife to hold it up and tell her it will help with the old 'bat wings'...


My wife is 5 ft and 7 stone so not much help with holding the Sib up.
I'm sure if I mentioned her bat wings she'd summon up the strength of an ox and give me a (bat) tering
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Hmm...I just back "down" my driveway, and unhook the boat. It drains pretty well. I guess there is a plus to living on a hill.
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If you can move the trailor's axle further rear, engine on transom and sib well strapped onto trailer won't need the pole. Will make a perfect wheely while rising tongue with just 2 fingers. A matter of perfect ballance betweeen sib/engine/trailer isssue.

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If you can move the trailor's axle further rear, engine on transom and sib well strapped onto trailer won't need the pole. Will make a perfect wheely while rising tongue with just 2 fingers. A matter of perfect ballance betweeen sib/engine/trailer isssue.
Well, your physics are backwards (you'd need to move the axle forward to get the rig more tail heavy), but aside from that:

Up until you start towing it... Insufficient tongue weight is a recipe for trailer sway.

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Even with 51 kg tohatsu 20hp main and 13 kg suzuki aux on the transom the trailer is still fairly nose heavy.
I made the front portion of the trailer from 5 mm thick 50mm box section with 6 mm thick u section bolted on top.
Damn thing nearly as nose heavy as my 22ft caravan lol!!
It does tow ever so well though.
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Well, your physics are backwards (you'd need to move the axle forward to get the rig more tail heavy), but aside from that:

Up until you start towing it... Insufficient tongue weight is a recipe for trailer sway.

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Yep, you're right, move axel forward. Trailer sway is relative to what's being towed. Been towing a 430 rib with engine living at back transom. Total rib, engine, trailer combo weight 350 Kg for the past 4 years with a compact size car with no issues. My tongue weight does not exceed 15 Kg, that's why can lift my trailer and stay that way with just 2 fingers.

If yo have too much tong weight while driving a compact car will end frying both rear shock absorbers and tires, not asn issue if towing with a Suv, 4 x 4, Hummer.

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Two problems with too much tongue weight: excessive squat (on the tow vehicle), and a possibility of reducing traction on the steering wheels.

As stated, less than 5% of the total trailer/boat in tongue weight may cause the trailer to sway (sometimes quite violently.) An of example:

Car Loses Control From Fishtailing Trailer | Video | Break.com

No video of it, but I once saw a largish flatbed truck towing a cement mixer which was fishtailing hard enough alternately to lift the wheels off the road. I suspect the guys were towing with a full load of mix in the can (axle was fairly far forward on the trailer/mixer thing.)

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Luckily for us towing small to medium size sib/rib light inflatables at controlled safety speeds will not be an issue, providing that you have a suitable transport to tow it properly.

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