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Bow scraped on trailer loading-what went wrong? with pics

Old 05-23-2019, 11:28 AM
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Default Bow scraped on trailer loading-what went wrong? with pics

I asked this q but boat was at dealer so couldn't post pics.
Damaged occurred on bow, bottom third of boat that is white.
Recovery seemed normal, trailer was a little deeper than normal as I had issues getting boat up to roller.
Last pic is the only indication I can see of any contact mark between trailer and boat.

Dealer said he had never seen an issue with boat and custom trailer, asked if I needed a roller as folks on first thread suggested, he didn't think it would help. So, nervous about launching again until i figure out what could have happened and what a solution might look like.

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Old 05-23-2019, 11:31 AM
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Possible the trailer floated up awkwardly and you hit just the right angle? Not really sure how it would get down there though.
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by MacWilliams View Post
Possible the trailer floated up awkwardly and you hit just the right angle? Not really sure how it would get down there though.

Thats what I was thinking, hard to tell from pics.
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:38 AM
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Yes, hard to tell with those pictures. Your boats too damn shiny!!!
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Old 05-23-2019, 12:05 PM
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Is there a better angle or anything I can do for a better pic?
Im wondering if the trailer did float up, ive loaded/unloaded 6 or 7 times without incident, the only difference was deeper.

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Old 05-23-2019, 12:09 PM
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Hard to tell from the photo, but I'm able to make out some damage on the hull nose just below the lower strake. Here is my opinion, based on experience. You mention in your post that the trailer was deeper than normal. Having a trailer too deep on the ramp is often worse than having it too shallow. If your trailer is at the right depth, the trailer is designed to have the boat meet the bunks without damaging the hull. When you put the trailer in too deep, the boat is now floating freely, and able to hit the bottom on the supports or other parts of the trailer. The manufacturer has put a poly stop on the two forward spans, but with the trailer deeper in the water, your bottom hit one of the spans, or some other part on your trailer prior to being protected by the bunks. Although it is somewhat opposite, it would be similar to when you don't put a boat lift low enough in the water, the hull makes contact with the spans, before hitting the bunks. Hope that makes sense.
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Old 05-23-2019, 12:27 PM
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if the ramp you used was deep I can see where the V would hit that blue part on your trailer.. I wouldn't worry too much about it, looks to be protected pretty well..
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Are you sure it was from loading? Is it possible you have something sharp like the end of screw sticking through a bunk or debris that could have done this when launching?
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If the manufacture feels there is a need for that plastic protector, what's the rationale for not putting a rubber roller there instead?
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Can't really see the damage.

My guess is you weren't centered and rubbed on the cross member or maybe one of the I-Beams.

You aren't the first.
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Just curious, what boat is this? Looks familiar.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:21 PM
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Hey guys

Pics were after scrapes were repaired.
I do believe damage was done when loading as I’m 90% sure I heard something.
Boat is a 25’ PF Hybrid.
As I think all this through I do think the issue was trailer was in too deep. That was the only thing that was different from previous retrieved and launches.

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