Originally Posted by ribraff
Can you not use the winch and put it down on to some tyres?
Wot I did.
Granted my hull at the time was covered in a 4" thick multiple layers of antifoul (slight exaggeration, but you get the picture!
) so I wasnlt too concerned about what it landed on. Next time I would use carpet. (A/F now removed & it's all shiny & polished)
On a more helpful note, there will be a point where the whole trailer will tip back, at which point you put the capet / tyres / foam / whatever under the transom, and that is the time to get a couple of tyres / blocks of wood under the hull to stop it tipping. Then as described in the previous posts.
To get it back on, the first bit is a pain, as you need to either lift the bow onto the rollers or lift the hitch to drop the rollers to the bow. Then use one hand to hold the trailer nose up, winch with the other (no real winch load at this point). Once you can't turn the winch with one hand above your head (!
) the riollers should have properly engaged with the hull, and you may find the weight of the trailer will flatten it out and lift the bow clear of the ground. Then it's a simpkle case of winching with due caution.
Spreader bar - I built one from wood for my open trailer to prevent the sides getting bent in when I carried stuff that needed weird ratchet strap angles. Bit of sizeable timber, and use a couple of ply offcuts to create "jaws" to locate the spreader on the stap.