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I have been experiencing issues taking my 14' boat with a roller guide type trailer out of the water. I want a way to not get wet. I use mostly gradual boat ramps. Couldn't find much online. Thanks

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Chunk the rollers & install bunk boards!

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10 hours ago, Further North said:

Have you been driving the boat on the trailer?

 

occasionally with my transom trolling motor

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9 hours ago, Catt said:

Chunk the rollers & install bunk boards!

I totally agree with this. Roller trailers are a pain.

my first boat was a 16ft Jon boat on a roller trailer.

it took all of two fishing trips, to get rid of the rollers and install bunks.

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2 hours ago, Quarry Man said:

 

occasionally with my transom trolling motor

So...no gas motor?  Or you haven't used the gas motor to drive onto the trailer?

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6 hours ago, Further North said:

So...no gas motor?  Or you haven't used the gas motor to drive onto the trailer?

 

Power loading is against the law at all of the state operated and maintained ramps in Massachusetts.

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3 hours ago, Fishing Rhino said:

 

Power loading is against the law at all of the state operated and maintained ramps in Massachusetts.

So nobody does it? ;)

I didn't know the OP was from Massachusetts.

...you can still run the boat onto the trailer at speed, just kill the motor just before you get to the trailer...

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I have a 14' tin boat and fish lakes with gradual ramps as well. My boat is light enough that I'll pull my boat back 2-3 so it's hanging off the end of the trailer. This seems to help a little.

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Thanks for the info guys! I am in PA, but fish in MA most of the time. i have no outboard, only a tm.

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Several things help. Install bunk boards but do not use carpeted bunks. Install the new style bunk board materials. I have the white stuff Bass Pro sold, it covers the entire bunk using two pieces on e each bunk. I think it is made of a teflon type plastic material. I used it on my electric only rig and when it gets wet itis like ice.

 

Also install a walking plank on the trailer. Mine was made of aluminum with the black non slip tread material. It went from just behind the vertical capstan to just about where the trailer Ys out.  I ran the boat on as far as possible and then "walked the plank" to the truck and dry land.

The longer side boards help because you can put the trailer in deeper and the boat will still stay lined up correctly even though the back of the boat is not sitting on the boards as much.

If you need pictures I can send a few to you of that boat and trailer setup.

 

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10 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Several things help. Install bunk boards but do not use carpeted bunks. Install the new style bunk board materials. I have the white stuff Bass Pro sold, it covers the entire bunk using two pieces on e each bunk. I think it is made of a teflon type plastic material. I used it on my electric only rig and when it gets wet itis like ice.

 

Also install a walking plank on the trailer. Mine was made of aluminum with the black non slip tread material. It went from just behind the vertical capstan to just about where the trailer Ys out.  I ran the boat on as far as possible and then "walked the plank" to the truck and dry land.

The longer side boards help because you can put the trailer in deeper and the boat will still stay lined up correctly even though the back of the boat is not sitting on the boards as much.

If you need pictures I can send a few to you of that boat and trailer setup.

 

 

Sounds like a good idea! Are those teflon bunk covers from bass pro expensive? And pictures would be great if you don't mind

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On 8/20/2017 at 9:49 AM, Quarry Man said:

I have been experiencing issues taking my 14' boat with a roller guide type trailer out of the water. I want a way to not get wet. I use mostly gradual boat ramps. Couldn't find much online. Thanks

 

What type of tow vehicle?

When you back in the trailer are you stepping into the water directly out of the vehicle?

If so, you may need some type of waders.

 

On shallow ramps I'll load the boat > step on trailer tongue climb into either the bed of the truck or the back of the SUV that I have left the tailgate up and put down the rear seats. So not the best way but it works for me when I dont want to get wet.

 

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6 hours ago, BassNJake said:

 

What type of tow vehicle?

When you back in the trailer are you stepping into the water directly out of the vehicle?

If so, you may need some type of waders.

 

On shallow ramps I'll load the boat > step on trailer tongue climb into either the bed of the truck or the back of the SUV that I have left the tailgate up and put down the rear seats. So not the best way but it works for me when I dont want to get wet.

 

 

Ford F-150

No, my dad backs the trailer in, while I am in the boat or on the shore.

I do have waders and bring them in the winter.

thanks for the advice!

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