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If the winch is capable, is it safe to pull a heavy boat by the front eye?

Old 05-29-2019, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by SplashFL View Post
Despite a factory lifting ring the yard used the eye.
That's Legendary Marine in Destin. We get 40'ers loaded like that there.

In the Jacksonville port, they put a 4x4 under the ring and lift the boat with a fork lift. That'll scare you.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:22 AM
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Marykate "Liquid Rollers" . Seriously, no joke. Stuff is amazing. Not greasy or oily. Spray on let dry. You will be amazed how much easier you will winch your boat up.

Caution, if you use it make sure you keep your winch and safety cable hooked up before backing down the ramp!
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Old 05-30-2019, 01:20 PM
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If you ever have the chance, watch a SKA tournament finish - they back, load, and leave with big CCs in a wonderful ballet. It is like watching a bass tournament load up, on steroids! Every boat is “power loaded”, to the stop, and out so the next rig can use the ramp. Damn, they are good!
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:12 AM
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Use Gulf wax on the bunks, instead of silicone. It lasts a lot longer. All you have to do is rub a brick over the hot carpet before you retrieve your boat.
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Old 05-31-2019, 05:48 PM
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I like dish soap on the bunks. When it's dry it's not so slippery (on the road).
My boat is over 9,000 lbs and I can almost winch it up to the stop in the back yard using a doubler...



Then, with the addition of an electric winch, there's no problem.




If your bow eye doesn't hold, you've got bigger problems...although my original bow eye wasn't up to the task...





In either case, the hull itself was never the problem.
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Old 06-01-2019, 05:44 PM
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Have you considered getting a longer ball mount? They are available in at least 2 lengths. You could get your trailer back in the water 6" or more that way and keep your truck more out of the water. Or, you could get a short hitch extension if you're really that concerned about getting the truck wet. Depending on the weight rating of the extension you might need to unhitch and change to the regular ball mount for the tow home.
I used to use a 48" hitch extension to tow my boat behind my truck camper. It was rated for 12,000 pounds if you used a weight distributing hitch.

That is one sweet Chevy. I love that body style.
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by jeffnick View Post
I like dish soap on the bunks. When it's dry it's not so slippery (on the road).
My boat is over 9,000 lbs and I can almost winch it up to the stop in the back yard using a doubler...



Then, with the addition of an electric winch, there's no problem.




If your bow eye doesn't hold, you've got bigger problems...although my original bow eye wasn't up to the task...





In either case, the hull itself was never the problem.
Got a source for that doubler?
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:32 PM
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Buy a can of silicone spray and spray the bunks. It will make a difference.
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:48 AM
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Some progress. Pulled the boat out yesterday. Changes I've made definitely helped. Experimented with trailer depth and sprayed the main bunks with silicone before loading. Both helped. Still unable to get all the way to the bow stop and keep it there (it's on the stop but lifts away when the stern settles on the main bunks) this may be unavoidable on such steep ramps. The new winch helped, too. (3200# hand crank).

After looking at many, many setups, I'm thinking a separate bow stop, either on it's own post or extended away from the winch post may help.
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Old 06-04-2019, 05:11 AM
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I like the idea of coating the bunks with something to help prior to retrieving, but is anyone worried it will remain slick after the boat is on? My cruiser is about 17,000lbs, so I do want to try something. Of course, I use large commercial ratchet straps on transom, safety chain up front, commercial ratchet strap down to trailer from bow eye, and commercial ratchet strap from bow eye to winch stand. But still, Id rather the boat not be on a slippery surface towing 100's of miles back home.
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Old 06-04-2019, 08:09 AM
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That's why I like dish soap on the bunks. It's much less slippery when it dries.

And now that I understand the problem, this is the fix...Run the strap over the stop then down to the eye. Now when you crank, you're lifting the bow rather than just pulling it forward.



Pulling from the lower winch I have the same problem you do.

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