Trucks & Trailers - Question about Bunks/Rollers
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03-16-2011, 07:01 AM
I'm should be done building a 19' lobster boat around June, and I have a used trailer. The rollers are shot, am I better off going with Bunks as opposed to Rollers. Do the bunks chew [scratch] up the bottom of the boat? Are the Rollers easier to load the boat on the trailer? The bunks sound good but I'm not quite sure.
03-16-2011, 07:17 AM
Get ready for the onslaught of preferencial posts!
Greatly depends on where you will be "putting in".
A ramp with heavy current can carry a bunk trailer under the dock before you can begin to retrieve it...trust me, i know. Rollers offer less resistance to current.
I "prefer" the rollers as i can load, and unload, my 21.5' singlehandedly. I don't like "power loading" as problems can occur quickly, so i prefer to winch it up by hand.
I would also say it has a lot to do with the hull type or design. Some hulls may not hold up well with rollers, and may require bunks. Also, more rollers is better than less, to properly displace the weight.
03-16-2011, 07:27 AM
. Also, more rollers is better than less, to properly displace the weight.
That last sentence pretty well says it. Also be cautiously of converting a bunk trailer to rollers as the forward section of the trailer may not be sized for support and could try to flex excessively while towing and cause damage to your boat.