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  1. #1
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    Default Problems launching boat and trailering ?

    Does anyone ever have problems when launching or trailering the boat back up ? What I mean is, when launching it seems as if my 99 Outback LS drops off of the rubber mount on to the V-Blocks making a crashing sound and seems to put stress on the eye. Other boats look so smoothe when launching. Am I pulling my boat to far up on the trailer when taking out of the water ? Should the boat sit on top of the rubber rolling boot ? Then when putting the boat back on the trailer, I noticed that it sits higher then the V-blocks. I would think the boat would want to sit flush on those ? I have had to replace a set of V-blocks already because the eye had ripped the carpet and splintered the block.

    Any help would be appreciated.
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    Last edited by Stanny; 01-18-2011 at 12:38 PM.

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    I would question how deep you are placing the trailer on the boat ramp. If it takes a lot of power to back off you are probably to shallow. Back the trailer down a little farther and ideally you should feel the boat start to float.

    Normally, I back down to where the tops of my fenders are just barely out of the water. On shallow ramps I have had to fully submerge the fenders, sometimes backing my explorer out into the water. If this is your problem I would try to find a steeper ramp.

    Also make sure while loading/unloading that any passengers are in the back of the boat or better yet not in the boat.

    Later,
    Jonathan Hamilton
    '99 Outback LS
    Jonathan Hamilton
    '99 Outback LS w/Ballast & Tower

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    The eye on the front of your boat should be under the front roller. The winch strap goes under the roller where the front of the boat is sitting on the roller then winch it up until the eye is just touching the roller. I agree with jonathan when unloading my trailer fenders are just under water. I use this same trailer position to load also.

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    Does your boat sit flush on the V-blocks ? Mine seems to sit slightly off of them.
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    Last edited by Stanny; 01-20-2011 at 05:05 AM.

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    Default 99 Ouback ( not LS, same hull though )

    The winch hook acually jams against the front roller on ours, such that the eye just about touches the roller.

    The V pads just contact the hull.

    If we don't winch exactly to the max, then the V pads don't contact the hull and the boat can actually be rocked up and down at the bow.

    To assist on loading, we generally have the driver power on till about a foot short, clip the winch, and have the truck driver winch the boat while the driver applies a little power. Have launched and loaded at least 150 times and this works best for us.

    On launch, with fender tops just showing by about an inch, I can power off fairly clean. But, in my experience the bow actually drops and the front keel hits the front lower roller.

    Sometimes I launch really deep ( 3 or 4 inches above fenders ) and push the boat off. It still drops down with the nose hitting the roller and usually the keel seems like its still hitting the front lower roller. ( Just took another look under the trailer and have found that the front keel roller is almost completely worn through ---- this will make the nose drop even further when launching )

    Frankly, I wonder if better-conceived bunks and rollers could make this process smoother. Your set up might be off just a little, though, if you have damage occuring. Seems like 1/2 inch of V block elevation might help. Also, wonder how your bunks are set-up. If you want to take a bunch of measurements we could all compare...

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    Hey Catdog,

    Yah I have the same problem when launching. Its as if the boat drops off of the boot roller and slams onto the v-blocks. I have actually gotten the eye hook stuck behind the blocks as it fell down. It's almost like as if the boat sits up too high off of the blocks.????????????

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    Default Launching and V-bunk

    What I have found is that the flaw is really in the V-bunk. My thoughts on this are that there should be a gap in the deepest part of the V-bunk so that the bow eye can pass through the bunk without shredding it. I find that my 99 Mobius wants to be in the water about an inch over the fenders or deeper if needed. Then we power off in reverse. The temptation is for truck driver to lift bow up as boat backs up. The problem with this is that when the bow will drop suddenty and pin your fingers between the bumper rail and the front roller. Trust me - that hurts....

    I am currently looking for V-bunks right now because of this same problem, but may build my own with the forementioned gap if they do not exist without predrilled holes.

    My 2cts.
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    I have a 2001 Outback, no matter which ramp I go to I just back down until the truck tires are in the water a couple of inches. Unhook the bow and the boat floats off, it doesn't drop at all.

    Brian

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    Default Launching

    I would love to see a picture of that. I don't think my main bunks would even be completely in the water if I only backed in that far. Maybe the configuration of the trailer has changed over the years? And possibly the bassic hull design as well?

    What really counts is getting the darn thing in the water and one way or the other we always succeed.
    If you believe something to be true, it will be - in it's consequences.
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    1999 Mobius - DD - 5.7L Carb - Perfect Pass

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    Um, Benson.....you did see that I said truck, not trailer tires? Maybe we have extra steep ramps here in Clermont? With my back tires in 2 inches of water, the entire trailer is submerged except the top of the trailer guides.

    Brian

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