Trailer Setup Information

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Trailer Setup Information

Postby ddaye690 » Sat May 06, 2023 11:54 pm

Hi, I'm a new owner of DS1 # 690. Trailer is not set up properly for the boat. Are there any references about relative heights of the centerline rollers and lateral bunkers? Thanks for any pointers.
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Re: Trailer Setup Information

Postby GreenLake » Sun May 07, 2023 2:16 am

Welcome to the forum.

Because you have a DS1, I normally would have moved your thread to the "DS1" section of the forum, but since you are asking a trailer question, I'm moving it to "Miscellaneous".

We've had a number of discussions of just that question. You should easily be able to scroll back a bit and find different opinions.

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This is my trailer setup. Next time I do the bunks they'll be widened, compared to what you see there. My personal setup is that the rearmost roller sits pretty low and has a V and a groove. It's meant to catch and "trap" the bow of the boat, so I put it at waterline when retrieving. The next roller sits a bit higher so the boat gets lifted out of the water. The bunks are set so that they take over the weight. As the bow rolls onto the forward rollers the hull slides on the bunks. The net effect is that the boat loads straight every time, as long as the bow makes it onto the first roller.

I am usually able to manually pull the boat about to the halfway point, after that, I need help from the trailer winch. If I need to retrieve from a location with lots of waves and / or crosswind, I tie a guide rope to the upwind stern cleat and have a crew member prevent the stern from blowing downwind.

I've set the rollers so they carry weight all the way to about the CB area, but anything aft of that rests on the bunks. (I have a DS1, so the bunks sit close to the place where the seats rise from the hull. That acts to reinforce the hull at that location. One roller is positioned so it holds the CB up. That way the CB does not need to hang from the handle during transport.

That's my take on things, and, as I mentioned, you may find other input in the archived discussions.
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Re: Trailer Setup Information

Postby Postville » Mon Jun 26, 2023 8:59 am

Thanks, your set up is much different than mine. My bunks are much longer and edge up. I plan on laying them down and using a swivel mount. There are only three rollers, I like the look of the 4th.
I will take a photo this week when the trailer is empty.
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Re: Trailer Setup Information

Postby GreenLake » Mon Jun 26, 2023 3:00 pm

The secret for bunks seems to be the wider the better. Mine extend almost to the transom, and they start close to the point the hull starts to get flat (ahead of that it would be difficult to fit bunks). Next time I have to redo them, I plan on widening mine.
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