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Old 03-02-2017, 07:41 PM
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I've got a power winch on my trailer, which loads the boat onto the trailer just fine. My problem is that the boat always slips back a few inches from the bow stop while pulling the trailer up the ramp. In the past, I've normally just used the power winch to winch the boat on up to the bow stop once I'm on flat ground. I have had a few occasions, however, when the winch couldn't move the boat at all. So I've had to hand crank it up to the bow stop. Not an easy task. So I want to find a better hand crank for those situations.

I've seen ratcheting handles, which should help some. I've also thought about handles that are longer. That should help. But I'm not sure how long the handle could be, as I'm not close to the boat right now to get a measurement. Any other ideas?
Old 03-02-2017, 09:00 PM
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If you can load the boat without backing down as far it will reduce or eliminate the boat coming off the stop.
Old 03-02-2017, 09:53 PM
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You backed in to far. Back of boat floating then settles when pulled up ramp.I have done this. Got to have some tension on strap or cable. I assume bunk trailer. If hard to winch on put on those plastic slides. They make a big difference.
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My anchor hits if I don't have the trailer backed in just right. But I'll try it with the trailer up the ramp a bit more. I understand what's going on with it. I may also try to raise the winch stand a little bit to see if that helps.

But as far as the winch handle, assume I'll still have the problem. Which winch handle will be the easiest to use if I do have to crank manually? It's nearly impossible to crank it with the handle I have.
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Obviously, a longer handle would give you better leverage. I wohld go with that first before l start looking at gear-reduction wenches or other "cute" stuff.
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Get a two speed boat winch. Switch to low gear to crank up the last few inches.
Old 03-08-2017, 09:31 AM
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I need a handle, not a new power winch!

Someone suggested using Liquid Rollers on the bunks before putting the boat down the ramp. How well does a spray like that work? Someone else recc. installing 5" wide x 10" long pieces of starboard (with the edges rounded) on the bunks. Sort of like those slick strips they sell for bunks I guess. Has anyone done that, and if so, how well does that work?

I'll try changing the position of the trailer on the ramp first. But I'm pretty sure I have a very narrow margin as far as the trailer position on the ramp vs the anchor hitting the bow stop. My anchor is mounted underneath my bow pulpit. I may try removing the anchor and see how close the bow pulpit is to the bow stop. But that would be a bit of a pain to move the anchor every time.
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Winch the boat on, then secure with a bow strap. Winch is not meant to "hold" the load.
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The slick strips do work well. I had a trailer that did not fit boat very good. Previous owner just used it for winter storage. I went to Capp's trailer sales on Rt.70 near Kinston. They fixed my problems and suggested the black slick strips. Boat loads and trailers very well. You may want to run it up to Capp's. Jim is a true professional when it comes to boat trailers.

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