Originally Posted by Mark Halliday
2 bits of plate bolted on with the bumper mounting bolts.
50 x 50 x 3 box between them. 2 off 50 x 25 x 3 drop to a 75 x 75 x 5 angle.
Bolt the ball to that.
I plan to put 2 30 x 30 struts back to the lower steering box mounts to stiffen it fore and aft, but it is strong enough for launching as it is.
2 hours work, and it cost about £15.
Bolting the ball to the bumper will make it too high, and risk grounding the back of the boat.
This ball is exactly the same height as the rear ball, and only sticks out about 50mm beyond the bumper, which is just enough to drop on the hitch.
My Range (1978) has some short of space in the middle of the front bumper where there is a pin going throught it and this is where I was thinking to do the 'operation'.
I'm in the UK right now for a few days so have no photos (having hired all the boats out for the week and the apartments thought to get back here and cool down a bit
been 35-38 C in Greece).
Will be in Greece on Saturday and will try to fix this on the Range Sunday. I have ordered the ball for 3-4 pounds and hopefully will have it here before I go.
I understand your point regarding the hight of the ball and the possible problem with the trailer, but my trailers are quite high I think.
I will have to re-check it though and see whether it fits there as it is or will have to do your type of mounting.