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Old 11 February 2006, 09:22   #31
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Originally Posted by CJL
I had to break so hard that the rib snapped the pathetic ratchet strap and rolled up the roller coaster trailer towards the minibus.

Possibly over the top but it tows very well like this and I'm reassured I wont lose anything.
My plan is very similar to what you sketched out, except using two straps in an X pattern across the transom. That's primarily because I can't go straight down from the stern eyes to the trailer due to the positioning of the SmartTabs. Haven't purchased the straps yet. Based on your experience, I'll spend a touch more for heavier duty straps than I had planned! That forward force under heavy braking is what concerns me. I don't expect to be accelerating with enough force to slide the boats backwards off the trailer.

There's bound to be a lot of opportunity for things to go wrong in a 4500 km trip, hauling a 2 boat trailer with weighing ~1000 kg... I'm trying to plan ahead to avoid problems! The wife's Saab estate needs a bit of TLC in advance as well.

There's a blizzard expected here tonight and tomorrow, so the trailer shop didn't have time to see me yesterday as they were buried in work on snowplows. I'm itching to get the trailer ready to carry the sailboat. I hope I'll be able to get it out of the snow to them this week! Forecast is for 12-14 inches by Sunday evening.

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Old 11 February 2006, 14:04   #32
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Originally Posted by dctucker
I don't expect to be accelerating with enough force to slide the boats backwards off the trailer.
You mean to say you don't have a ferrari to tow with????

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Old 19 May 2006, 15:24   #33
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I am surprisd this thread didn't carry on a bit further as it should have given the excellent guide that started it!

so here's some thoughts as always in random order!

advise carrying spare 2 stroke oil (not needed for 4 stroke Johnnies)

suggest regular users of two stroke engines inspect the plugs on a tri monthly basis.

Possibly suggest the use of multifunction components on small boats. e.g. you can get a paddle and boat hoak combined and a funnel/bailer cuts down clutter on the small boats .
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Old 20 May 2006, 00:17   #34
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Yeah good ideas.

I was wondering about expanding a lot on this and selling it on ebay as an e-book.
I probably will when I get a couple of days spare to do it.
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