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Old 07-31-2018, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by UCF View Post
I wonder what the hull sits on? Cant be bare aluminum, would scratch it to hell. I cant really tell what it is on my phone.
Looks like teflon strips layed on top of the aluminum.
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I know. I was like what the hell is it sliding on.
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Regarding the trailer ; Perhaps vertical bunk boards on the interior of the boats tunnel to align the boat to the trailer and rollers to support each sponson.
How do you access the bilge plugs? Consider using ones that can be accessed both internally and externally from the boat (they exist, not sure of manufacturers name). Not that anyone would ever forget to install bilge plugs before launching as we all use pre-launch check lists.
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angled drain plug for inside and outside access - reminded myself about this earlier this month - here is a link
But not sure if it is long enough with the thick laminate schedule
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:54 AM
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angled drain plug for inside and outside access - reminded myself about this earlier this month - here is a link
But not sure if it is long enough with the thick laminate schedule
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I actually brought these up to Dave. Especially since my boat is going to be on a lift, accessing the drain plugs will be challenging. This solves the issue. Dave really liked them and was going to look into for me
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That plug is a great idea! I'm more impressed by Gem products every day.
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lessons learned trailering my cat.

I had a buddy who could not back a trailer but had some experience driving his own boat so I trusted him. There was a wind and a current.

When I'm trying to drive a boat in close quarters I don't need magpies in my ears so I gave information I know he'd have problem seeing from the helm. Updates on position. Suddenly he lost his mind and came at the trailer at a 45 degree angle. Right sponson hit the rear between the inner bunks. Then he really freaked out and hit forward instead of reverse.

Damage was minimal but still a ding I needed to repair.

I'm redoing that area so metal can never tough boat hull.

Also the inner bunks can be real tight at the front half of the boat but bend to the center in order to help aim the boat on the trailer.

Another thing I thought was to add was a couple big hoops that fit closely to the tunnel. That helps on any ramp. One locally is very steep. You can bend these from PVC in hot water and might be easier than the drawing changes so I may do that first.

No matter how idiot proof you make something somehow people with figure out a way to FFFF it up. I look at it with way. Engineering out any chance of screw up keeps you from yelling at your fishing buddy. Not teaching my buddy how to back a trailer is my fault.
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Thanks for the build thread!! Since my buddy sold his Freeman, he is looking at these and has talked to Dave already. Keep the pictures coming and thank you for taking the time to post them.
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Originally Posted by Rickster View Post
Thanks for the build thread!! Since my buddy sold his Freeman, he is looking at these and has talked to Dave already. Keep the pictures coming and thank you for taking the time to post them.
No problem. I learned alot from reading these on other peoples builds so I figured I would pay it forward. If your friend has any questions, have him reach out.
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That plug is a great idea! I'm more impressed by Gem products every day.

I agree. They take products and kind of put their own touch on it, which normally makes the product better.
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Somebody may get revolutionary in the US one day and actually make a modern designed cat trailer, this bunk stuff is obviously a left over from the mono thinking being a left over from last century. Time to step up and modernize, bunked cat trailers would have to be around 30 years behind the ball.
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Winch post/chain/hook and single bow eye is a weak point in that trailer design. Way too much chain length and if the winch gives way then there is nothing that will stop that open ended hook from straightening as she slips southward on the end of the chain. There is also nothing stopping the whole boat from coming through the back windscreen in an abrupt stop and if anybody says that's not going to happen (what you may mean is never seen it happen) then think again. These things need 2 boy eyes, separate one for winch and the other for safety chains both front and backward as most winch posts in these setups aren't all that great due to the height with 4+ tonne hanging off the back.

Pod design should also include attachment points for rear chains to the trailer which will take most of the load if the front end gives way.
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Winch post/chain/hook and single bow eye is a weak point in that trailer design. Way too much chain length and if the winch gives way then there is nothing that will stop that open ended hook from straightening as she slips southward on the end of the chain. There is also nothing stopping the whole boat from coming through the back windscreen in an abrupt stop and if anybody says that's not going to happen (what you may mean is never seen it happen) then think again. These things need 2 boy eyes, separate one for winch and the other for safety chains both front and backward as most winch posts in these setups aren't all that great due to the height with 4+ tonne hanging off the back.

Pod design should also include attachment points for rear chains to the trailer which will take most of the load if the front end gives way.
What's the every day Aussie trailer look like?
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What's the every day Aussie trailer look like?
Something like this
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Something like this
Right....well.... the magic tilt will be top notch can't wait to see it.
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