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Old 09-13-2017, 08:12 AM   #1
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Default Lining my trailer bunks....

I have a float on trailer with bunks for my 24' outboard. Since I have recently worked on my bottom to fair it and barrier coat it, I want to give it a bit of protection on the trailer. The bunks are made of hard plastic and I was thinking of lining them with with something like carpet to cushion/ protect the hull. The first thing that comes to mind is some kind of cushioned artificial turf. I haven't even started to look but I thought I would put it out there in case anyone here has some good suggestions about what to use, where to get it, and how to attach it. I'm thinking contact cement, but I don't think I have used that for anything that goes underwater. Looking forward to hearing from anyone on this.

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http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...-x-12L&i=71847

The above link is just for example, there are MANY options for bunk carpet and ALOT of people offer it. Bass Pro, Cabela's, West Marine and a blue million options on Google. I'd not recommend astroturf, that stuff just wont stand up and the strands/blades of "grass" will come off with each use. The designated bunk carpet is padded and tough, built for the job! I'm not a fan of the newer "skins" you'll see and hear about as well. My glass repair guy sees the results of that stuff and he's just not sold yet. I've been using good ol bunk carpet for over 30yrs, never a problem. The only roller bunk trailer I have is my lil 16' aluminum fishing boat that I'm not worried about. My larger glass boats and even my 22' aluminum deckboat all ride ONLY on carpeted bunks!
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Maybe I'm wrong...but I thought most Folks cover carpeted bunks with HDPE glides ("hard plastic") to make it easier to retrieve/launch boat.


You are the first I heard that wants to do the reverse?!

I covered our new trailer bunks with glides this spring after one (difficult) launch. The difference was night/day with the glides...
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Maybe I'm wrong...but I thought most Folks cover carpeted bunks with HDPE glides ("hard plastic") to make it easier to retrieve/launch boat.


You are the first I heard that wants to do the reverse?!

I covered our new trailer bunks with glides this spring after one (difficult) launch. The difference was night/day with the glides...
One could definitely make an argument that the fibers in carpet will hold dirt particles that would act like an abrasive to the bottom of the boat. The more you trailer the boat the bigger the problem will become.
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I pulled all the old carpet on my trailer and replaced it with HDPE strips. Way better, I will never go back to carpet.
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I put Hpde on mine also. I would never use carpet again. So much easier to load.
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Maybe I'm wrong...but I thought most Folks cover carpeted bunks with HDPE glides ("hard plastic") to make it easier to retrieve/launch boat.


You are the first I heard that wants to do the reverse?!

I covered our new trailer bunks with glides this spring after one (difficult) launch. The difference was night/day with the glides...
Hatchirluvr.. said it best.
The plastic bunks and slides are definitely slicker. There are cases where they may be the answer, regardless of scuffing.
However, there is a cost. Any sand or silt in the water around the ramp area will add to the friction between the hard plastic and the boat bottom. These hard points, just like tiny irregular sand paper, are there at all times the boat is on the trailer.
With carpet, the sand and silt can at least hide below the carpet fibers. At times we can even clean it out. Carpet provides a softer cushion for any abrasives picked up along the way.

I tried the covers and went back to carpet. It is just less abrasive.
I have been wondering when this scuffing and scratching would be noticed. Hatch has an observant boat repair guy.

Good luck out there.
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