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Old 30 January 2008, 09:42   #1
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Trailer loading

Could i please have some informative help on securing the rib to the trailer in that when i moved mine it came forward and ran up the bow snubber leaving the last set of rollers behind the transom. I had the bow ring fast to the winch and a strap over the rear from side to side. What am i doing wrong or what should i do thanks.
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Old 30 January 2008, 10:52   #2
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Don't brake so hard?

Seriously though, the best way to stop it moving forwards is to take a second rope form the bow eye back under the boat to something solid on the trailer chassis.

Problem with strapping ribs down with the traditional strap over the back is that the tubes will never be solid enough to actually hold it down, even with the biggest ratchet you can find. You would be amazed just how little slack a strap or needs for the bouncing to move it to a place where it's even slacker.....

So, Rope from your bow eye aft to the chassis, and a strap (or two) to a solid point on your transom to stop the stern bouncing. (most have U- bolts handily placed for this)

It;s the unfortunate thing with roller trialers - the frictionless ease of launch & recovery becomes it;s own worst enemy on the road!
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Old 30 January 2008, 11:10   #3
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Thankyou for your swift reply should the bow eye be level with the winch and also how do i get it reversed back on to the trailer properly cheers.
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To get the boat back over the rollers, try a floor jack and some timber. You need to raise the stern of the boat enough to take the weight off the front set of rollers on that arm. On a solid surface (smooth concrete would be best - easier to roll the jack) you should be able to drag the boat along with the jack.

Alternatively, jack up the back of the boat, and run your winch strap back around one of the trailer cross-members. Cranking the winch will then pull the boat backwards.

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Old 30 January 2008, 11:24   #5
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Thanks i will give the second one a go as i have no smooth ground to work with, i was half expecting someone to say accelerate up a hill.
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Old 30 January 2008, 14:32   #7
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if it happens again, move the back rollers farward slightly, we did it with our searider, and that helped a lot
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You need to be careful doing this but....jack the boat up with a trolley jack (be careful of the gel coat), then behind the outboard prop leg use a padded block of wood to brace against the trailer and carefully using the hydraulics of the power tilt, pull the boat back (trim in) onto the trailer. This works very well - but be careful and ensure the trolley jack can freely move (i.e. no grip under the wheels).

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why don't you just float it off
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because he aint near water probably
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Yep I strap mine down like that
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This is very true Martha i have not even had the pleasure of launching for the first time yet.
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This is very true Martha i have not even had the pleasure of launching for the first time yet.
where are you going to launch from ?
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Old 31 January 2008, 04:07   #14
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This is very true Martha i have not even had the pleasure of launching for the first time yet.
I notice your from Lincoln. If your looking to come to the coast (cleethorpes) i'll give you a hand. Just let me know.

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Old 31 January 2008, 05:05   #15
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should the bow eye be level with the winch
Not necessarily. If it's level or above, put an extra downwards pulling tie to stop the bow lifting, like the phots at the beginning of the thread. I guess it will depend on your bow snubber design- some have rollers, some have two pads that land either side of the bow eye, and winch position can change on some of them depending how you have it set up so without a pic it's difficult to say. On my old SR trailer the bow eye ended up level with the winch, but the snubber arrangement meant it was a good 8" 'tween the eye & the winch, so I took an extra rope (the painter) vertically down to stop it lifiing as well as the E-stop catch rope as discussed before.

The thing to remember is unless you have a VERY powerful tow vehicle with traction control etc etc the braking forces pushing the boat forward off the trailer will be much bigger than the acceleration forces pushing it off the back. Especially (perish the thought) if you hit something.
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Old 31 January 2008, 11:35   #16
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Thanks 9D280 the snubber i have is a solid bit of rubber with two wings, the force coming forward has split the left wing. My bow eye is about 8" above the winch so as when i get nearly fully on the winch is pulling down, this seems to put alot of strain on the eye this is why i asked the question. Am i right if i put a tie from the snubber to the bow eye it will stop the boat rising up the snubber therefore stopping it from coming forward.
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High Chris is there a good slip at cleethorpes i should like to loose my launching cherry as soon as i can. The rib is almost ready for the big day just need to get my gps going.
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High Chris is there a good slip at cleethorpes i should like to loose my launching cherry as soon as i can. The rib is almost ready for the big day just need to get my gps going.
I launch from the Humber Mouth Yacht Club which is just up the road from cleethorpes. It has tractors to launch (3), club house with all the facilities to clean your rib with;including changing rooms, showers and a kitchen so you can make your own food/drink when you've done. A full bar at the weekends. All for 160 year which includes annual boat storage (space permitting) in a locked compound. With you being close and if you've got a family its well worth you considering joining as it makes it all very easy

If you like, i will give you a tractor launch and save your car from getting dirty first time round on the beach.

There are other public launches on cleethorpes seafront, which are also beach launching and you will need to register you set up with the Beach Safety Guys and buy a gate key for the year for 35, but there's no facilities and you will need a 4x4.

If you want a launch this saturday or any other weekend, give me a call, ive pm'd you my number.

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High Chris is there a good slip at cleethorpes i should like to loose my launching cherry as soon as i can. The rib is almost ready for the big day just need to get my gps going.
Just a quick one, what size outboard do you have fitted ?
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