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Old 07-09-2020, 03:05 PM
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Default Bow stop options... V vs Roller

I have a roller stop, at times depending on the ramp angle it can be a pain to get the bow snug. The strap is run under the stop and can sometimes rub up against the roller and pull the eye at a weird angle, again depending on the ramp angle.

I typically powerload the boat.

I don't have forward bunks if that matters.
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Got like the idea of these bow catchers/stops with the strap unencumbered by the stop.

is there any reason why I shouldn't change out my traditional wench/roller bow stop to one of these?


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I prefer a V-stop, and have always had them ... the carpeted wood bunk type. Check out this style: Looking for a particular bow stop model

Which type fits your trailer and boat best is up to you to figure out. The one you show may not solve the issue. If your trailer's tow bar is long enough, you can fit the two piece style for a custom fit and better separation of the V-stop and the bow ring. Of course there's always a custom welded design if you're really into it.


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I had the same issues.Bought an Amertrail v- stop and it helps because there is no hang up between the eye and the strap.
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Have the v stop. Get it tight, pull outta water, tap breaks, strap her down
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V stops. Forward bunks. You'll never have a trailer any other way.
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A picture of your setup would help.
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The hook under the bow roller up to the bow eye keeps your boat from running over your truck in a sudden stopping situation.
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Originally Posted by Dacman View Post
A picture of your setup would help.

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I'd recommend the V bow-stop for your setup.
When I installed a windlass & anchor roller, the anchor would sometimes hang up on the V bow-stop.
I installed this version of a V and it works great.



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Originally Posted by me00351 View Post
I'd recommend the V bow-stop for your setup.
When I installed a windlass & anchor roller, the anchor would sometimes hang up on the V bow-stop.
I installed this version of a V and it works great.


I like that. I think that design would work best on my trailer.

Who made your trailer?
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
I like that. I think that design would work best on my trailer.

Who made your trailer?



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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Your setup has the bow locked down with the eye and strap under the roller.
You could reverse wrap the strap under the winch spool for a better pulling angle.
If you go with the vee stop, I would definitely run two strong rachet straps to the frame as shown in post #2.
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Originally Posted by Dacman View Post
Your setup has the bow locked down with the eye and strap under the roller.
You could reverse wrap the strap under the winch spool for a better pulling angle.
If you go with the vee stop, I would definitely run two strong rachet straps to the frame as shown in post #2.
Why would you def do two strong ratchet straps? I use a bow strap. I dont see how/why the requirement would change.
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Rachet straps here are holding the bow down to the vstop, secured

Nothing holding the bow down here , other than weight . Your relying on the transom straps only to keep it from moving forward and up on the v stops.
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Originally Posted by Dacman View Post

Rachet straps here are holding the bow down to the vstop, secured

Nothing holding the bow down here , other than weight . Your relying on the transom straps only to keep it from moving forward and up on the v stops.
I understand the purpose of a bow strap, I always strap my bow down and 10k lb ratchet strap over the stern. I was just curious why you were suggesting two ratchet straps with this particular configuration. I'll likely stay with a single bow strap.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Why would you def do two strong ratchet straps? I use a bow strap. I dont see how/why the requirement would change.
With your current configuration the winch strap running below the roller to the bow eye prevents the boat from riding up over the roller in the event you get into a rear end collision. If you replace the roller with a v-stop you will no longer have anything holding the bow of the boat down.

I changed my configuration because the anchor and bow pulpit would hit the roller when launching but I stayed with rollers to make it easier to winch the bow up far enough so it stayed tight against the stop when pulling out of the ramp.



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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
I was just curious why you were suggesting two ratchet straps with this particular configuration.
Two reasons.
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we had to cut and weld one of those cow catchers to make full contact with the hull. there was just no adjusting it to work but they are nice set ups especially if you tow often.
for a couple times to the ramp and back annually not worth the trouble
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I use a bow tie-down so this should ease the nerves of some of the trailer police.
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Originally Posted by me00351 View Post


I use a bow tie-down so this should ease the nerves of some of the trailer police.
Why would you not use the two eyes you have right there ? with two straps at an aft angle?
Nerves still twitching. Ha ha, I don’t think it’s unsafe, just why not?
A straight up angle still gives some room for forward movements.
If gunnel strapped , I get it.

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