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Witt
02-27-2006, 05:21 PM
A couple of questions...

About how deep do y'all back your trailer down into the water? Mid wheel, over the fender, way deep?

I have read the thread on the Boat Buddy system, but doesn't that require you to power the boat all the way up to the Boat Buddy to lock it in? How many of you have a boat buddy on your trailer?

Any other tips on loading and unloading the trailer? Trying to be as efficient as possible at the ramp. I like the boat buddy idea, but have read mixed reviews on loading your boat while its under power. I have also heard many people say they kill the motor when the boat hits the first roller and winch it the rest of the way. Any pros or cons....or horror stories? lol

stang67
02-27-2006, 05:58 PM
I do the same thing as Ed. Back up to where the fenders are just covered and power the boat on, locks with the boat buddy, then the ramp is free.

moombadaze
02-27-2006, 07:08 PM
i do the same-fenders just sticking out at water level--but depends
on how steep/shallow ramp is,,decide how far to back in depending
on when the boat just starts to float when unloading. with the boat buddie
on the front and boat buckles on the rear it really speeds the tie down
process up.

stacy

moombadaze
02-27-2006, 07:10 PM
i do the same-fenders just sticking out at water level--but depends
on how steep/shallow ramp is,,decide how far to back in depending
on when the boat just starts to float when unloading. with the boat buddie
on the front and boat buckles on the rear it really speeds the tie down
process up.

stacy

smokedog2
02-27-2006, 07:47 PM
9/10 times if you are in trouble loading - the trailer is too deep. The back end is floating and the front is too low, you try to get the trailer lower by pushing the trailer back and you have a mess.

SD2

Wake Master
02-27-2006, 08:03 PM
I also back in untill the fenders are just under water and power the boat up.

Witt
02-28-2006, 10:44 AM
I read somewhre about guys getting caught in a wind gust with their boat under power and getting off line and gashing their prop into the trailer...i haven't had this happen but was concerned...especially for my wife...since shes the one loading the boat!!!

stang67
02-28-2006, 12:41 PM
The trailor guide polls would stop the wind from blowing the boat far enough to the side. My girlfriend is able to pull the boat on the trailor fine.

07-16-2006, 01:54 AM
funny ringtones

JoeTechie
07-17-2006, 03:12 AM
Steep ramps = Top of wheel wells just out of water.
Shallow ramps = Top of fender just under water.

Adjust above 2 rules if you have - Dual Wheel trailer or large dropoff.

I go in slightly more, then pull the boat up by hand, takes only 30 seconds longer, and I never worry about getting sand/silt/crap/vegitation, etc sucked into engine, or missing/bending/breaking anything.

I used to winch a 22' cabin crusier up by hand, so cranking this one up the last 9 inches is really not a big deal.

-J

BensonWdby
07-18-2006, 07:45 AM
After 6 years of loading this boat I did it for the first time last weekend without powering up. I just pulled the strap over the V-Bunk and then I stood on the back of the boat while my wife cranked the winch. Cleared just fine. Fenders were an inch or two under water. Ramp was shallow. We have a sever hole in the ramp from people powering up so am trying to avoid that now.

Dave