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Old 02-14-2021, 09:16 AM
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Anybody power load with a roller trailer? I've got a roller trailer and have not attempted. Feel like it's possible but curious what all the experts think? I've got a grady 208. I don't mind winching the boat up on trailer just always looking for an easier way? I'm also thinking of adding guide poles to the trailer to help line up the boat when retrieving. Thoughts?
Old 02-14-2021, 09:26 AM
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Don’t power load it any faster then you want to damage something.
nose up on her and make sure all looks good, give her some gas to ease up on trailer, look around, give her some more gas. Slow and easy, should not be a problem.

FYI I have never winched a boat onto a trailer that did not have a broken motor.
I also have never had a trailer with rollers, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.
Old 02-14-2021, 09:27 AM
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Only way to do it, is to keep the power applied until the winch cable is tight. This makes it either a two-person job, or you have to leave the helm with the power up.
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I used to do this all the time... whats the issue?
Old 02-14-2021, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by TurdFerguson View Post
I used to do this all the time... whats the issue?
I don't see any. I'm asking for advice. Only bad thing
I could see happening is boat rolling back when I try to hook up winch.if I'm loading by myself.
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Originally Posted by SINGLEBARREL View Post
I don't see any. I'm asking for advice. Only bad thing
I could see happening is boat rolling back when I try to hook up winch.if I'm loading by myself.
Only issue I had was if the trailer was backed up TOO far in the water, I would scrape the front of keel on the front tubing member of the trailer. If my front 2 rollers were out of the water I was fine
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Originally Posted by SINGLEBARREL View Post
I don't see any. I'm asking for advice. Only bad thing
I could see happening is boat rolling back when I try to hook up winch.if I'm loading by myself.
leave boat in gear....I would slide back on my bunk trailer if I didn’t leave motors in gear.
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Originally Posted by Rwalker View Post
leave boat in gear....I would slide back on my bunk trailer if I didn’t leave motors in gear.
Thanks. The roller trailer is what worries me. It's not gonna hold the boat like a bunk will. But I think your right if I leave boat in gear it will stay untill I can get winch hooked up
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I do as others have said solo retrieving on my roller trailer: keep outboard just in forward as I climb down the bow and hook up the winch strap.

With my MOB+ fob, I can then cut the motor without having to climb back in to shut it off.
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Originally Posted by SINGLEBARREL View Post
I'm also thinking of adding guide poles to the trailer to help line up the boat when retrieving. Thoughts?
Can't help with question #1. But YES, you do want guide posts. My first trailered boat didn't have them so I didn't know better. Then bought a boat/trailer with. Wow - what a difference. Makes loading easy peasy.
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We're not supposed to power load at my ramp. If you are gunning your engine at the bottom of the ramp, you are eroding the bed of your waterway just where the lower end of the ramp needs support. If that is done on a regular basis, then you're going to need a new ramp a lot sooner than later. Having said that, I would say probably about 50% of the boats I see at the ramp power load. I've always associated the power loaders with the idiots who don't know what they are doing, but I guess the practice is more widespread than I thought. Maybe it depends on the steepness of your ramp and the water depth at the base of the ramp? I launch and retrieve by myself probably 95% of the time, and I don't think I've ever power loaded. I don't understand why you would have to. The key is to leave just the right amount length on the trailer line so that you can grab it and hook the boat before it falls backward too far. If you leave it too short, it won't reach the boat. If you leave it too long, it doesn't hold the boat close enough to the trailer.

Just drive the boat on the trailer while you lift and cut the engine. Jump to the front of the boat, grab the hook and hook it to the boat. Jump out of the boat and winch it on up. Obviously, wind, waves, and not centering the boat as you drive it on the trailer can leave it a little off center, but most roller trailers are pretty good about getting the boat pretty close to the center as you winch it up. Been doing it that way for 15 years, and it seems to work. I guess I don't understand what is so hard about that, especially with a little practice. Don't need guideposts and don't need to power load.

But if your ramp doesn't care about power loading, and ramp maintenance is someone else's problem, then just gun away. I don't think power loading would really help you that much if you are retrieving by yourself because the boat is just going to fall back when you cut the engine and run up to hook it up. But if you have someone up front who can hook it while you gun it, I guess that saves you from winching it, if winching it up is really that much of an issue.
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Originally Posted by SINGLEBARREL View Post
Anybody power load with a roller trailer? I've got a roller trailer and have not attempted. Feel like it's possible but curious what all the experts think? I've got a grady 208. I don't mind winching the boat up on trailer just always looking for an easier way? I'm also thinking of adding guide poles to the trailer to help line up the boat when retrieving. Thoughts?
Idle boat on to the trailer, let it settle on to the rollers and straighten out. Ease the boat up the trailer and leave throttle up. Loop your bow line around the winch stand and tie off at the front cleat. Cut throttle and climb off boat and tighten winch up to the stop.
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Sounds kinda like a nightmare.

I don't think my boat would drive on the rollers correctly. The banks of rollers all move in multiple directions as the boat is pulled up the trailer to self center and self level the boat. It is never cockeyed if I use the winch and pull it the whole way up the trailer letting the rollers do their job.

I use a Dutton Laison Strong Arm to pull my pilot house completely up the trailer. It takes 2 minutes and 20 seconds totally under winch power using my thumb to press the winch button.

That is fast and easy enough for me.
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Originally Posted by The Peddler View Post
Only way to do it, is to keep the power applied until the winch cable is tight. This makes it either a two-person job, or you have to leave the helm with the power up.
I power load on bunk trailers but with a roller trailer as soon as you take the boat out of gear it’s going to roll back in the water.

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