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Old 08 September 2003, 04:17   #1
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Yes or No

Hi chaps, a quick poll if I may ! I've followed the last thread on trailers with interest but would welcome a quick yes no answer to the following question.

"Would you be put off buying a 5 metre rib with a 75 hp on the tail if it were sat on a non roller-coaster trailer, i.e the standard flat railed bed trailer"? Yes or No ... Thanks.
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If you mean on a "bunked" trailer with carpetted bunks then given that the RIB, Engine and trailer were in good condition and the price was OK I would be NOT put off by buying the rig.

Bunked trailers are perfectly straight forward to use - you will find a majority of hard sportsboats use 'em. You can also get roller sets to replace the bunks should you so desire at a reasonable cost. My old Scorpion (Richard B's boat) trailer had this done and was a doddle to launch and recover.

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Thanks Alan - yes I mean a bunked trailer.
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I guess if the boat is 5m then it should slip off without too much grunting and shoulder work. So a cautious yes.
You could always upgrade later if you wanted to anyway-couldn't you?
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Old 08 September 2003, 05:03   #6
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No problem with a bunked trailer. I must say though, as an alternative to carpet, which invariably wears out pretty quickly, take a look at one of the trailers I imported from South Africa. Instead of carpet a white, incredibly strong 2 inch thick teflon sheet is screwed on to the trailer which is quite slippery and incredibly robust. I found this to be a fantastic alternative. Gentle on the hull, slides off and on remarkebly easily and lasts forever.
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Dont be put off. I had carpet bunks on my first boat which was a 5.5m Humber with a couple of 50hp on the back.
I used to reverse the trailer until the back of the car was at the waters edge and hit the brakes. 9 times out 10 the boat just slides off. One time in ten you discover that you are still tied onto the trailer! Obviously be careful on slippery slipways. You dont have to be going very fast, walking pace should be fine.

When recovering the boat, just drive in it on. With a bit of practice you will get it all the way on. There should be a nice big rubber roller in front of the winch to catch the bow.
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Bed Trailers (its a warren thing)

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A bed trailer is simply better for people who have expensive holiday homes in chesire on sea, such as your self. The reason being when your tractor driver puts the trailer in the water for you and you drive on (without getting wet or anything) your boat doesn't slip off again.

But if you did wan't to swap it to rollers it would'nt be a big or expensive job.

By the way did you catch anything at the weekend? sorry i didn't have time to stop.
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As the majority of boats spend more time on their trailer than they do in the water, a "bunked" trailer is far better and kinder to the hull than a rollered trailer. Most rollered trailers that come into my workshop are set up incorrectly, one or two of the rollers being adjusted too high, resulting in damage to the hull. On a new moulding, this can result in a hook due to the mouldings not being completely cured. IMHO of course.

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PS, Charles, What is the boat in the photo that you have posted. Would I be correct in thinking it too is South African, the nice detail of Chopped Strand and Gel Finish points me in that direction!!
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Absolutely correct DD. I have always said (hence my arguments with Manos) that South African boats/ribs have a long way to go when it comes to QA. BTW, this particular multi-hull rib came second in the Trans Agulhas as it was the proto-type.
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