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Old 06-27-2013, 09:36 AM
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Default Need advice...best material for trailer bunk

The carpeting on my trailer bunk is shredding. Is there some other material available better than carpet? Thanks.
Old 06-27-2013, 09:53 AM
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I have been researching the same question and there is a lot of good information out there and on THT. I am thinking about going with Starboard or similar material this time to cap the bunks but will probably recover them anyway because I think they will look better that way.

Look around and you will see many different products and opinions.... from good quality marine grade carpet to bunk caps, starboard, etc.
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I recovered my bunks with a very high quality berber. It was a remanat. ( it still cost more per yard than what I have in my house!)

My boat weighs 10,000 lbs and the bunk carpet would last maybe one loading of the boat. I tried starboard/bunk slicks and that did not go well,Scraped my hull. The berber is in it's third year and still looks good.
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I can honestly say that what I did is working out fantastic. I bought some 2x6 green board from Lowe's and came across some HEAVY DUTY office carpet used to make hall runners and such.....I figured what the hell. It has held up AWESOME and it was relatively inexpensive. I purchased some spray adhesive and used my friend's electric stapler. So far so good and it was 1/3 the price of real bunk carpet and twice as thick!!
My boat is fairly heavy (Chaparral 24' deckboat) and not an ounce of wear on the bunks yet and it is friendly to the bottom of the boat.
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You want something that drains easily and that wont retain moisture against the hull... A good quality outdoor carpet will do the trick...
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I took off the bunk covering on my trailer and replaced it with long strips of HDPE material. It is super slick and lasts forever and does not absorb water. Out in CA we have a problem with zebra and quagga mussel infestations (thanks to boats with live wells importing them from the Great Lakes) and so the bunks have to be perfectly dry before you are allowed entry into most uninfested lakes and reservoirs - exceedingly tough in Lake Tahoe where the boat and trailer need to be inspected and disinfected.

HDPE is great stuff. I have used in many projects on my boats and it has replaced teak for the most part.
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Here's what I did for my Tolman.

I used 4x6 Douglas Fir and ripped the appropriate angle to match the bottom of the hull. Then I capped the tops with 1x4 cellular PVC, adhered with PL Premium adhesive. Rough up the surface of the PVC with 80 grit before clamping it to the wood.

No fasteners are needed. I've been using this for 2 years with no problems. The PVC is a bit slippery and does not trap water like carpet.
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Indoor/outdoor carpet at Home Depot. It's cheap, and very tough. When installing I use monel staples and I do not cover the bottom of the wood, just top and sides. This will allow it to drain. Carpet is 6' wide and costs $5 a foot. Black
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On my last boat I noticed that the carpeted bunks were leaching salt all week between uses. All the bolts and surrounding aluminum where the carpet leached salt were corroded badly. Noticed the same thing on everybody else's trailer at the ramp. So I threw the carpet away and went with bare wood bunks. Surprise! No salt leach, no scratches on the bottom of the boat. The reason is, when the wood gets wet it's slipperier than owl snot. And when is the boat moving on or off the wood bunks? When the wood is wet, launching or retrieving!
The only problem is, it's so slippery that when you're retrieving by yourself the boat wont stay forward on the bunks. So you'll have to leave it in gear while you hook it. BUT - no more gel coat scratches and no more corroded trailers.
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My bunks are 4"' x 8" x 11', 9 or so years ago I used indoor/outdoor but it was heavy. It trapped water and the bunk boards have rot, about 1 to 1 1/2 inch deep on the bottom. The trailer has sat outside in a storage lot. The trailer dealer quoted $150ea for new bunks.
I plan one of two options:
1. Cut 1" off of the bottom, rip a 2X6 to match the width and spread 2P-10 Poyl between the boards.
2. Take 2 each 2x8" x11' and use 2P-10 and marry them together.



I'm using Home Depot carpet but will not cover all of it all around, but leave an inch of wood .

Any comments or suggestions?
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It may be difficult to find but the best I ever used was fire hose.
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Gatorbak - Boat Trailer and Watercraft Lift Synthetic Bunk Covers this is what I used to build my trailer
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I have fire hose on my bunks right now and it is truly awesome.

There is the rubber layer for the inner hose-the part that the water touches/runs through, and then there are the two outer layers and these layers are tough, tough yet soft as they are fabric.

I put it on with monel staples and both the staples and firehose have been holding up incredibly well the past 4-5 years.

I got incredibly lucky as there was a firefighter who had lived down the street from me and had left a coil of it on the curb one night.



Like the others, I have only covered the top and maybe 1/2 day down to the bottom of the bunk.

Do not let anything get between the bunks and the brackets. I used to have galvanized brackets and the saltwater that would soak in the carpet was causing the brackets to rust, so much so that I had to replace all the crappy galvanized L-brackets for nice, H/D S/S L-Brackets.
If I ever needed more, I'd just buy it on eBay. There is tons for sale on eBay.
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Some bunks are "too" slippery. I like some friction 'cause I dunk by myself and need everything untethered from the trailer before the splash. I prefer carpet. Fire hose would be the best choice.
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Just a thought for those of you in areas where the zebra mussel is, like where I'm at, the fire hose should be a great or not so great place for them to attach themselves, thus spread. The zebra mussels have been in our area lakes only a couple of years and it is amazing how fast they are establishing themselves.
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I’m trying bare Cyprus bunks. We’ll see how they treat the bottom of the hull ....
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Originally Posted by Hossharris View Post
I’m trying bare Cyprus bunks. We’ll see how they treat the bottom of the hull ....
Really? Cypus is soft and my original bunks were made of Cyprus, but bare?

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