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Old 06-21-2005, 01:04 PM
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I recently bought a 17' runabout I/O with a galvinised Karavan trailer with rollers. The boat was on the trailer a little crooked when I bought it. after taking it out I tried to put it on straight. I tried without success 3 times. The next time I tried adjusting the roller locations with no luck. Anyone ever hear of this problem or have good trick to fix it? Also The boats a Glasport anyone ever hear of them? Or know anything about them. I cant find a thing on the internet. Thanks.
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I do not know if this will help but I have found that if I put my trailer to far in the water ( just above the wheel fenders ) I am always crooked where if I go a little shallower ( top of the tire ) Which involves more cranking it goes on straight every time.
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Buy a set of guide ons put the boat on the trailer my guide ons touch both sides when I'm on but if not cleat the boat in the center of them an pull out This is best way period If it still doesn't sit right you know that you need to adjust your bunks
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Old 06-21-2005, 03:43 PM
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I found the same thing as ndallas in my trailering days. At first I would always back in too far, and hte boat would be crooked. Later on I figured out that I could back in to put the keel roller just under the water, and then drive the boat so that the bow would gently nudge the keel roller. At this point, I would leave it in gear, and spinning the helm one way or another would kick the stern from side to side. As soon as it was lined up I could goose the throttle a bit and drive the boat up on the trailer.
If you back the trailer in too far, the boat is floating for too long and is far more difficult to line up.
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great advice thanks guys.
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Here's another view. My first bunk trailer was a Karavan and had centerline rollers... loaded right every time. The keel line's up on the rollers and boat comes on straight. My next two trailers, an EZ Loader roller and then bunk trailer, did not have centerline rollers. If the boat is leaning off center in the water(even just a few degrees), it will load tilted to the right or left (if the boat is not making contact with centerline rollers). Guide-ons would not help, I tried em. Now, I simply make sure the boat is sitting balanced (port to stbd) in the water before I winch it on the trailer. I will stand in the center of the boat at the dock, and slide the cooler left to right until the boat is level. Without a cooler, try turning the wheel left or right to level the boat. It loads perfectly like this. Give it a try. Adjusting the bunks into some wierd a$$ed unsymmetrical configuration is not usually the answer. I would make sure the bunks are symmetrical. By the way, my boat is a 20 degree deadrise. Balance should have lesser effect with lower deadrises.

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