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Old 10-30-2020, 11:20 AM
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I've experimented with trying to get my boat up on the bow roller all the way. I can drive the boat all the way up to the roller and the bow will touch the roller. But when I pull out the bow of the boat pulls away from the roller. I tried different points of backing the trailer into the water, but the picture shows about as close as I can get it after the boat is pulled out and the bow pulls away from the roller. I'm thinking that the trailer set up is in need of adjusting. I may take it back to the dealer to get it adjusted, but I wanted to see, if any of you guys here are well experienced with trailer set up and can tell me, if it's set up properly and if not, what recommendations you have to adjust it properly.



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Are you power loading? If not, try having the trailer a little farther out of the water and drive up to the roller. Crank the winch tight. Should stay put.
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That happens a lot - hit the brakes once you're off the ramps to move the boat forward, tighten the winch strap, and be on your way.
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Originally Posted by ktroyer2265 View Post
Are you power loading? If not, try having the trailer a little farther out of the water and drive up to the roller. Crank the winch tight. Should stay put.
I do drive it up to the roller.
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Originally Posted by starbright55 View Post
That happens a lot - hit the brakes once you're off the ramps to move the boat forward, tighten the winch strap, and be on your way.
Never had it happen on my last two boats. Having the boat slide up to the roller when I hit the brakes hard won't hurt the bow? Also, it's a 25 foot boat, will it actually, move up from the speed coming out of the water and stopping hard 100 yards away?
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I’ve never had luck with that method. I crank the winch so tight that it sounds like it is going to break apart and kill me. That usually keeps the ring down by the roller when I pull up.
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Never had it happen on my last two boats. Having the boat slide up to the roller when I hit the brakes hard won't hurt the bow? Also, it's a 25 foot boat, will it actually, move up from the speed coming out of the water and stopping hard 100 yards away?
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Why don't you just crank the boat up the last inch or two after you pull it out? That's what I've done for years. When you pull the boat out the ass end goes down and the trailer end comes up. That's what happens.
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You describe a common scenario which may be remedied by powering the bow up to the roller twice. Once as you're now doing, and a second time after pulling the trailer forward just enough for the stern of the boat to settle down a bit, and the bow to rise up away from the roller. It's a PIA as a one man show, but with a helper on the ramp, it's a piece of cake.
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Trailer might be in too deep.
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Don't be afraid to crank that sucker tight. Crank it to get that last click out of it.
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Usually it's that the trailer is too deep and the back of the boat is floating when you winch it up. When the boat settled the trailer acts as a fulcrum and the boat pivots (not moves) on the trailer creating the space.
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What am I missing here? In the first photo it looks like the bow is tight up to the roller
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Originally Posted by Clinker View Post
What am I missing here? In the first photo it looks like the bow is tight up to the roller
Its about 3 inches from the roller.
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Just keep trying new ways of loading. You'll find the way that pisses you off the least
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My boat does that all the time. If you have a bunk trailer just spray some liquid rollers on the bunks and crank those last few inches after the boat is out of the water and on more level ground. No big deal you need to apply tie down straps anyway and possible block the motor up.
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Originally Posted by FloLife View Post
Just keep trying new ways of loading. You'll find the way that pisses you off the least
Don't count on it. I pretty much stay equally pissed at everything.
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Originally Posted by jerryclaybrook View Post
My boat does that all the time. If you have a bunk trailer just spray some liquid rollers on the bunks and crank those last few inches after the boat is out of the water and on more level ground. No big deal you need to apply tie down straps anyway and possible block the motor up.
Do you have a link to the product you use?
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Originally Posted by Eightofnine View Post
Do you have a link to the product you use?
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Originally Posted by Eightofnine View Post
Its about 3 inches from the roller.
Good grief. Crank the winch another turn and a half when it’s out of the water so snug it up. I routinely do this on my 27’ whaler. No problem.
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Originally Posted by jfbetz View Post
Good grief. Crank the winch another turn and a half when it’s out of the water so snug it up. I routinely do this on my 27’ whaler. No problem.
Just like I said! Been doing the same thing on boats for years. Or. let us know what the Dealer says when you take it back? I'm dying to hear his response.

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