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Old 07-20-2019, 07:03 PM
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SO after finding my trailer carpet was literally burnt and melted from the friction of loading the boat, i decided to replace the bunk carpet and added some liquid rollers to the carpet. At the time I replaced the carpet and applied the Liquid Rollers, I only had time to spray the bunks right before retrieving the boat so I didn't really expect it to work too well, since the directions say to allow it to dry before using the trailer.

Fast forward to today - Backed to the ramp unhooked safety chain about 5' from the water. Left the winch strap attached. Switched the winch to reverse and rolled out some slack so I would be able to unhook once she was floating. Well.. i forgot to flip the winch back to forward so it didn't unspool.... Buddy goes to hop in truck while I attempt to board the boat for the ride down the ramp and launch. As soon as I go to pull myself up the winch starts it's telltale tick tick tick and the boat unloads itself right there 5' from the waterline. Thankfully it landed on the skeg and stopped the boat from fully unloading itself onto the ramp.

I have to say my Merc 75 must have the toughest skeg ever. I've dragged it through some sandbars in the bogue sound at Emerald Isle, caught it on the driveway, and now dropped the entire ass end of my boat on it . Zero cracks and laser straight still. Couple chips in the bottom edge are all the damage she took . AMAZING.

I have seen the warnings about the liquid rollers and not unstrapping too soon. Can't believe I forgot the winch, and left it in reverse...

Amazing stuff.
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Pics or this is bs
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Wow. You were lucky. Liquid Rollers are a product that really works, have used it for years. Warning: your bunks likely will stay slick for the rest of the summer. It kind of gives me the creeps using this stuff, but it’s so much easier to load the boat.
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I took zero pics of the incident. I did just shoot a pic JUST FOR YOU of the skeg, but I've already filed the edge so you either believe or you don't. BTW the boat is only 16' so it didn't really pack alot of punch.

I also jammed the SH*T out of my toe when I did the dumbass "I can stop a 1200lb boat from sliding off the trailer" maneuver. Once I realized what was happening I was yelling NO NO NO tried to step and push and folded my big toe under my sandal and somehow stepped on my own big toe!

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Old 07-20-2019, 07:18 PM
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I'be got guide sliks. When I first installed them I almost launched on the ramp pavement but friction has built up. Its been 15 years I've had them. I'm tempted to try the liquid rollers, maybe on just a half of the bunks might be a good way to try it.
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Thats what I do. I just do about halfway up to the front guides. Leave some of the bunk closest to the water untreated. The water alone will help it slide some and the forward part thats been sprayed will do the rest.
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Despite hearing stories like yours I was almost victim to a serious embarrassment and insurance claim. My typical ramp is quite level and I have problem with carpet sticking so the liquid rollers used sparingly has helped. Well last year mini season we are putting the boat in at a much steeper ramp. I didn't really think anything about it and per my usual routine we backed the boat down and I unhooked everything and jumped in the boat. My dive buddy backed me down and instantly the boat starts slipping, I could feel it and hear it sliding. Pucker factor but luckily my buddy gave it a little gas and popped me in water deep enough that it was no issue. I had so much momentum the boat floated out past the end of the dock and I had to power back in....

This was on mini season around 5am before the crowds started showing up at the ramp. I was thinking how embarrassingly bad the day could of been sitting there waiting for help as about 100 boats passed me by. Lol.

So the lesson is liquid rollers is for real. So now I back the boat down pretty far before unhooking her.

How do you even get a boat back on the trailer? Do you have to get a crane or just let her scrap her way back in the water and deal with the fiberglass later? Someone on here must of seen something like this happen before.
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The first time I launched after applying it I headed the warnings and tied a rope from the bow cleat to the winch post just in case..... and I am glad I did as the boat slid off way before the water but the rope caught it and kept it up on the trailer. Now I don't unhook the winch until I am in the water but I have noticed that after 6 launches or so the liquid rollers started to wear off. I hardly notice a difference now but I have launched probably a dozen times since I applied it.
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Kind of like Armor All on a motorcycle seat?

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Stuff works very well I have used it on both my trailers and it has made a huge difference. Don't even think about unhooking the winch.
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I saw something like this happen with an aluminum boat and the guide sliks. What ends up happening is the boat stayed in place but cranking the winch the trailer slid under the boat. Of course this required the coordination of a driver in the truck as well.
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your timing couldn't have been any better, I'm about to replace the carpet and was interested in that product. The way my trailer snugs my boat I would have never thought that it could potentially slip off if that product works that good, you just saved a grown man crying at the boat ramp. Thanks for the heads up brother....
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Originally Posted by hensleyfish View Post
your timing couldn't have been any better, I'm about to replace the carpet and was interested in that product. The way my trailer snugs my boat I would have never thought that it could potentially slip off if that product works that good, you just saved a grown man crying at the boat ramp. Thanks for the heads up brother....
Ditto Ditto Ditto!
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I have a small "M Hull" boat that's a booger to load on the bunk style trailer even with recently added pole guides. Our ramps are not steep at all so I'm ordering a can of this stuff!
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why do you guys unhook the chain before you get to the water? I've seen too many ramp mishap videos so I am just paranoid/cautious to unhook chain until I"m ready to pull it off. All my boats, I just wade into the water and unhook/hook up there.
This weekend, we launched then retrieved the pontoon. My wife's car has the electronic emergency break. I hate that. Put a rock under the tires.

Do you have to spray that stuff on before you put boat onto bunks?
Does it work on the plastic bunks?
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I've got the guide sliks which was a HUGE improvement over the carpet. One of the best things I've done for the boat. At first they were very slick and made it way too easy to launch but as you say you NEVER want to unhook your boat until you are ready launch the boat. I suspect that the spray stuff will not stay with the guide sliks, with carpet the spray stuff soaks the carpet. Now the only problem I have is that on shallow ramps I have to back a bit deeper than I'd like causing me to get my delicate feet kinda wet getting in and out of the boat.
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Keep in mind it does the same thing when you hit the brakes!! That boat wants to keep going, check your chain and straps.
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Good thing you got a safety chai.........never mind you unhooked it.

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