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Old 06-13-2012, 08:09 AM
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Default teflon skids for trailer bunks

anyone use these on a heavier boat?
my boat is about 4000lbs, I have trouble getting it
off the trailer bunks because it has a ridge in the
stern and that digs in.

I would like to know if the skids can dig into and damage the bottom
or scratch the paint?

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The ones I see are certainly not Teflon, but UHMWPE (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene)

They shouldn't do any damage if properly edge-beveled and screws counterbored.
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anyone use these on a heavier boat?
my boat is about 4000lbs, I have trouble getting it
off the trailer bunks because it has a ridge in the
stern and that digs in.

I would like to know if the skids can dig into and damage the bottom
or scratch the paint?

thanks,

TWS
The ones I use are actually manufactured from recycled plastic milk jugs and work like a charm. I think most of them are made from polypropylene not teflon. My boat is about 6000 pounds and I was havinging trouble getting it off the trailer. No problem with the skids.
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If you use the Silcone spray, or the skids for that matter, don't undo your front strap until the boats in the water. I watched someone in my bass club bounce his twice down the ramp as he was backing in, boat came off and luckly ended up in the water. Just an observation.
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I'd address the trailer bunks with a professional before adding any smooth surfaces to the bunks. A boat coming off a trailer easily has always been a concern of mine. Better be confident in your winch strap and tiedowns too. I had to trailer a boat with these on the trailer for someone once and even at slow speed in a turn, the boat shifted even with tiedowns. Just be careful.
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I use spray PAM (or any other generic spray cooking oil). I can tell a difference when I put it on and it is fresh. Helps boat slip off the bunks easier (and drive on) but not so much that I am worried about it getting off to easy. I would guess my boat is around 8K-9K pounds when loaded up.
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If you want to go whole-hog, check out Wearlon products - put it on your boat bottom and on your bunks and it will all slide easily.
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i use these...solid material and can be had in custom sizes...i cant believe the difference...the service is very fast also...

http://www.surfixinc.com/surfix_trailer_bunkslides.html
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i use these...solid material and can be had in custom sizes...i cant believe the difference...the service is very fast also...

http://www.surfixinc.com/surfix_trailer_bunkslides.html
I have these too. I like them. when i had them on my 17 ft sailfish, you really had to be careful. the boat moved super super easily. with my contender, it comes off way easier than before but its not a dramatic difference like the small boat.

i still either need reverse power or a brake tap to get it off the trailer.


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Teflon spray lasts longer & is slipperier than silicone or Pam veg oil on carpet bunks. The add-on bunk skids are quite hard and can damge hulls if the angle of bunk to hull is too great when winching up with the skid mounted at the aft end of the bunks. FWIW,I saw them go right through the thin hull of a small Whaler.
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The ones I use are actually manufactured from recycled plastic milk jugs and work like a charm. I think most of them are made from polypropylene not teflon. My boat is about 6000 pounds and I was havinging trouble getting it off the trailer. No problem with the skids.
Polyethylene is what you are talking about. Thats is what most of the bunk caps are made of. Would be rather expensive to use PTFE (Teflon) for this application. Would also be so slippery that you probably wouldn't be able to keep your boat on the trailer. After drving on and going to neutral she would likely slide right back off with teflon.

The silicone spray does work very well. I carry some in the truck for those tough ramps
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i use these...solid material and can be had in custom sizes...i cant believe the difference...the service is very fast also...

http://www.surfixinc.com/surfix_trailer_bunkslides.html
Just ordered mine from them yesterday. Had them custom cut to fit vertical bunks.
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Mine wore through the gelcoat near the stern of my SeaCraft. They will be coming off soon.
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As othrs said, I use silcone spray and it works great. Keep a can in my truck as well just in case.
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+1 on the silicone spray and keeping your front strap on until shes down the ramp. Did it on my 4 bunk and haven't had an issue since.
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Silicone spray--"liquid rollers". But on a cat I did put 8' of HDPE on the front bunks. I would not use them on the rear bunks. Definitely is some wear on bottom paint--and gel coat. But acceptable--and not as much as sand! Keep the winch on until the boat is in the water. They do make a real difference.

Not sure what you mean by a "ridge in the stern" The hull should be smooth, unless someone put wedges on the bottom of the boat. As you launch, the aft part of the hull should be floating, as the bow comes off the bunks or rollers. Thus the stern should not "dig in"....
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This is another option (attached pic). When the trailer is in the water, the boat floats up off the bunks and lets the rollers in the front do their job. When on land, the bunks serve to offer better support for the heavy transom and keep the boat more secure in the event your winch strap, safety chain, and tie downs all break.
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