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Old 09-15-2018, 08:39 AM
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When I load my boat onto my trailer, the front roller obviously rubs pretty hard on my boat, and leaves a good bit of its material on the boat.

After each trip, I clean the material off using a solvent. This can't be good for the glass, and is a pain to do every time. The pic shows how much material comes off of the roller on each and every boat loading.

For what it worth, I notice the "roller" is on so tight that it doesn't roll. I'm not sure it's an option, but maybe just loosen it?
Change roller to a different material? Suggestions?
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The trailer is a Sportrail if I recall correctly.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:52 AM
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Maybe its time for a new roller. That type of roller should be non marking, yours appears to
be sun damaged. I have several trailers with this set up. They have a locking nut on the thru
bolt, which allows the bolt to be loose enough so the roller assembly can spin as the boat is retrieved.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:56 AM
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It gives your boat some character.
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Yes it need s to turn and yours is dry rotted.
Stoltz bow stop roller and a new rod would be my choice.
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Just replaced mine for same exact issue. Price matched at WM for smith rollers $15 ea. Got the yellow non-marking.

Make sure to keep the old hardware, sometimes trailer builders insert different spacers/length bolts to accommodate trailer design.
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Why is your bow eye mounted so low on the boat?
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Thanks for the replies, I'll look into that Stoltz.

"Why is your bow eye mounted so low on the boat?" That's where the manufacturer put it.
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by themossman View Post
In my uneducated opinion it looks like the boat is struggling to get that chine over the roller. Perhaps you could look at mounting your roller arm higher so that it meets the boat where you're currently seeing all the rubbing occur. Base on my limited experience...it seems that most boats trailer roller meet the boat somewhere between the rub rail and the chine...not below it.
i agree, but some boats (Everglades 243 comes To mind) just have weird bows, and need to be loaded a certain way. Trailer way deep.

OP, yes it should spin and yes it needs to be replaced. Banging those stupid caps on the rods is a huge PITA, buy a couple of them they're cheap.
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I had the same issue with my old boat. I replaced the roller and no more problems. I believe it wears it down and the sun eats a way at it. I feel that the outer lay of that roller has a protected layering but once worn it leaves marks.
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Splash some water on the roller before winching it up, will reduce the transfer onto the gelcoat.
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