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Old 11 January 2008, 11:03   #11
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Question for all you chaps that use the long rope method - what keeps the nose of the trailer off the ground? The jockey wheels I have seen (and the one on my trailer is fairly strong) are nowhere near man enough to take the sideways strain of rolling along like that, they'd bend over and/or break off.

Somebody here who uses the method has an old Land Rover wheel hub welded onto the side of the trailer for "roller launching" but I just wondered what others use?
I have always wondered that as well...........
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Old 11 January 2008, 11:05   #12
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I just pull. The little guiding wheel usually digs in sand and makes a trail.
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Old 11 January 2008, 11:28   #13
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No problem with the jockey wheel. Its quite a sturdy one with a pneaumatic tyre so does the job well.

I've seen these as cheap as £18 at boat jumbles but they go quick at that price.
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I suppose it's down to loading - the less nose weight the better!!!
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Old 11 January 2008, 12:43   #15
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I keep the nose weight right down - which also helps to launch (just lift the front of the trailer and the boat rolls down .. none of that hard pushing stuff for me!), and I use the biggest pneumatic jockey wheel I can get. Try to keep the pull straight, but I still go through several jockey wheels over a season.
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For low tide shallow beach retrievals I use a rope in conjunction with the adjustable launching wheel bogey that I made. It works really well. The wheels can be removed in 20 seconds as they are fixed to the axels with "R" clips. I leave them on permenantly tho as they dont get in the way of anything.
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For low tide shallow beach retrievals I use a rope in conjunction with the adjustable launching wheel bogey that I made. It works really well.
That looks like a good system

My trailer (home made by first owner of the boat) has quite a cunning system where the spine of the trailer which the keel sits on is a bit of box section steel about 100mm square which runs the full length of the trailer. The towing eye attaches to another slightly smaller piece which slides inside the outer "spine" so you can actually extend it by about six feet or so by taking out two bolts, pulling the middle out and popping them back into a different set of holes. Trouble is as the noseweight is about 300kg I think it would be almost impossible to do it with the boat on the trailer without uncoupling so I have never tried it... I don't usually have trouble launching and recovering at most states of the tide so it is a "round tuit" job
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That looks like a good system

My trailer (home made by first owner of the boat) has quite a cunning system where the spine of the trailer which the keel sits on is a bit of box section steel about 100mm square which runs the full length of the trailer. The towing eye attaches to another slightly smaller piece which slides inside the outer "spine" so you can actually extend it by about six feet or so by taking out two bolts, pulling the middle out and popping them back into a different set of holes. Trouble is as the noseweight is about 300kg I think it would be almost impossible to do it with the boat on the trailer without uncoupling so I have never tried it... I don't usually have trouble launching and recovering at most states of the tide so it is a "round tuit" job
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300kg noseweight is far too much, or was that a typo.?
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Old 11 January 2008, 15:23   #19
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I was looking at my trailer at making a telescoping extension, it is box steel and would be easy to make. Only thing one would want to remove it occasionally so salt would not seize it in place. I was joking about losing the boat with the rope method But the biggest problems is the chimes catch the rollers when you are winching the rib on. Do they make a convexed roller that the edge of the chime would roll up and on. The rollers are where they need to be for travel. Boston Boat show is this weekend so I going down to check because I have not found any online
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For low tide shallow beach retrievals I use a rope in conjunction with the adjustable launching wheel bogey that I made. It works really well. The wheels can be removed in 20 seconds as they are fixed to the axels with "R" clips. I leave them on permenantly tho as they dont get in the way of anything.
Awesome idea!!!
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