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Old 23 September 2008, 18:36   #11
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Yes almost everyone uses rollers. It could be because of our dodgy conditions - sometimes the sea is nearly 1 mile out and you have to drive across a beach and launch into surf!!!
Not just that .. we are a little more advanced
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Old 24 September 2008, 09:23   #12
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This should help out

http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/launch_and_recovery.aspx

For what its worth, I'm a big fan of bunk trailers having owned both rollers and bunks in the past. Much kinder on the hull because the weight is spread out over a large area. Also the boat sits lower on the trailer so more stable when towing and the boat gets into the water quicker when launching.
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Old 24 September 2008, 11:54   #13
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This should help out

http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/launch_and_recovery.aspx

For what its worth, I'm a big fan of bunk trailers having owned both rollers and bunks in the past. Much kinder on the hull because the weight is spread out over a large area. Also the boat sits lower on the trailer so more stable when towing and the boat gets into the water quicker when launching.
Yep I'm thinking bunk may be the way forward for me too
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Old 24 September 2008, 12:59   #14
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I've never used bunks, but with the fact that I can winch the rib onto the trailer from the sand if needs be, and that it self aligns nearly every time, on a properly set up trailer with rollers, I think thats hard to beat, which is also handy when its windy, or if there are currents running . How does the alignment go with bunks then, surely it would be a bit hit and miss ?
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Yep I'm thinking bunk may be the way forward for me too

I can see how bunks could be an advantage on your dolly.
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Bunks are fine.
Generally bunk trailers have a single keel roller at the aft end under the transom of the boat, but they can also have a pair of twin rollers which makes initial alignment of the hull easier, on recovery.
There doesn't seem to be much difference in price between bunks v rollers these days, probably due to the increasing price of steel in recent years.
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How about those Pneumatic tyred trailers I've seen. They have no swinging arm as far as I can see and the tyre flattens out where the boat sits to give a wide contact area. I saw one of the Honda Four Stroke boats using one.
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So do most of you on that side of the pond use roller trailers?

Bunks are more common here, at least from personal observation.


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the coast line of the uk is very varied from long sandy very flat beaches that can be only a few feet deep even over a mile out ,to very steep beaches that can put you in very deep water within a few yards of the shoreline ,harbours that are deep all the time to harbours that dry out at low tide so nearly every area has some different way or tradition of launching ,thats why years ago the local traditional fishing boats would be of totaly different designs within perhaps
40miles of each other.
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When beach launching dress to get wet because you WILL get wet!
Not necessarily

I always launch on a beach (admittedly a sheltered one) and I never get wet, it is down to the setup you are using. If I get it just right I can launch single handed, without getting the tyres of the 110 wet, wearing only a pair of shoes (well ok some clothes as well!) and not even get wet feet, though that is pushing my luck a bit, a pair of wellies makes life easier!
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I have double bunks on each side, and the chine on the haul sits nicely between them. When I recover the boat, I only put the trailer part way in, so that about 2/3 of the bunks are submerged. Once the boat is lined up and against the bunks, I give 'er the gas and drive it right up... it just finds it's way in nice and straight. If the ramp is a shallow angle, I need to tilt the engine way up to avoid buffing my prop!

I can see the advantage of rollers if you need to winch the boat up... Once mine is on the bunks, you can't move it at all with the winch...
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