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Old 11-25-2019, 12:20 PM
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Default Is soemthing wrong with my Winch strap set up?

Hey:

I'm having a challenge getting the bow of my boat to pull snug up to the roller.
Im not sure if I should have the strap over the top of the roller?
Its just about impossible to use the winch to pull it forward/down, and I feel that if i back my trailer in any more im risking grounding issues.

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Old 11-25-2019, 12:25 PM
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Good on you for using the safety chain. Can you zoom out? YMMV... but I'd want that roller to end up above the tow eye so that it'll catch the tow eye and boat doesn't launch itself... that increase in height may help straighten our your tow strap as well judging by the pic.
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Thanks, here are a couple more pics




Old 11-25-2019, 12:35 PM
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The roller should be above the boweye.

The winch strap should be horizontal (flat).
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Need to raise winch assembly 6 inches. As long as supports will support boat underneath
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looks like it should go over the top
Old 11-25-2019, 12:42 PM
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Roller should be on top of bow eye. If you raise the winch, you'll have to move the base towards the rear accordingly, otherwise you'll end up pulling the boat a few inches further forward.
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Move the winch assembly higher on the post, boat will contact roller higher than bow eye and the strap will go under the roller to the bow eye for a straight pull.
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Originally Posted by mgd View Post
looks like it should go over the top
If the strap goes over the top then the bow eye can go over the roller as well and hang up and the boat won't come off the trailer. My Mako has had the same setup issues. My buddy after pulling the boat from the water give the brakes a big stomp and the boat slides tight to the roller then he winches the strap a couple clicks. Might work for you OP, but I say yeah, raise it up as noted 6" or so.
Old 11-25-2019, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by limey940 View Post
Thanks, here are a couple more pics



Raise the winch some; it looks like it has slid down from your picture. Notice the color variation and the scratches where it appears it once was.
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Old 11-25-2019, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by SDH View Post
Raise the winch some; it looks like it has slid down from your picture. Notice the color variation and the scratches where it appears it once was.
Good eyes, Sir, just went out and checked, you are correct.
So, if I raise the winch, the strap should still go under the roller?
So I can raise the winch enough to ensure the strap remains horizontal going under the roller, correct?

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Originally Posted by limey940 View Post
Good eyes, Sir, just went out and checked, you are correct.
So, if I raise the winch, the strap should still go under the roller?
So I can raise the winch enough to ensure the strap remains horizontal going under the roller, correct?

thanks again.
Yes, but then you will have to move the whole winch stand back towards the boat. With the boat sitting on the trailer, make the adjustments to where the roller is making contact above the bow eye and the winch strap is straight.
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Thanks everyone, really appreciate it.
Does this look better?

I did try and crank it down, but no go, assuming when loading from water i will be able to.

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No, still does not look right.....you want the roller to contact the bow above the indented line above the bow eye. You want the winch strap to come under the roller and be straight, flat, level or whatever term you choose to use from the winch to the bow eye. Then you need to move the entire winch stand towards the rear of the trailer so the roller is in contact with the bow as it is sitting on the trailer, now in your driveway. Te winch strap is not designed to pull down, it is designed to be a straight pull so it can assist in pulling the boat forward the last few inches when loading and then hold it in place.....if it is at an angle, it will allow the boat to slide backwards as you pull up the ramp.
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While were picking apart the way you have your winch set up, it would be my preference to have the safety chain attached around the winch stand or trailer beam...they way it is now, just being held by that long bolt. If it were truly needed in case of an emergency, you could snap that bolt. Bolts are designed to have a linear pull strength, not a side load.
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Originally Posted by limey940 View Post
Thanks everyone, really appreciate it.
Does this look better?

I did try and crank it down, but no go, assuming when loading from water i will be able to.

thanks



Needs to go higher.Looks like when the roller touches the boat your strap will be straight
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So, i moved the whole assembly back, and it seems to work better with the strap over the roller.
I'm close to horizontal on the strap, and when cranked down the tow eye will be above the roller.

Sorry for all the notes and pics, and thanks for y'alls patience, really appreciate the help.

Diverboy - thanks, i will look at relocating the safety chain.
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Move the winch and bow stop asy. up on the winch stand. the roller should be above the bow eye and the strap should go under the roller.
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Originally Posted by limey940 View Post

So, i moved the whole assembly back, and it seems to work better with the strap over the roller.
I'm close to horizontal on the strap, and when cranked down the tow eye will be above the roller.

Sorry for all the notes and pics, and thanks for y'alls patience, really appreciate the help.

Diverboy - thanks, i will look at relocating the safety chain.
Wrong. Reread diverboys post again
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Strap should be under instead of over the wheel.
You want the winch to pull the boat down on the roller

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