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I need to do some repairs to the boat trailer (replace boat bunks and fender covers), and I'd like to work on it in my garage where I have my tools. The boat is not overly huge or heavy, 14' fiberglass boat. How do you go about removing the boat off the trailer?

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Unless you have of these available ~ 

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You may be taking your tools to the boat ramp.

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A-Jay

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4 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

Unless you have of these available ~ You may be taking your tools to the boat ramp.

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A-Jay

Yeah was hoping there was some kind of roller hack someone has thought of. Closest ramp to me is about 30 mins, and it's always busy. Not having the right tool there would be a PITA.

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We did the bunks to my dad's trailer in his driveway.  His boat is a 28' Blackfin that we did some serious repair work too this past year.  We used a lot of boat jackstands and inched the trailer forward little by little.  It was a very tedious process, you can start out on the stands but need to add and remove them as you get to a horizontal trailer brace.  Its the same process when you put it back on the trailer.  Had we been able to float the boat and work at the ramp it would have been much easier.  Take your tools to the ramp.

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I have changed my bunks by jacking up one side of the boat at a time.  I put one of the new bunks under one side and put the jack under it.  Jacked it up enough to replace the bunk on that side then did the other side using the old bunk I just removed.  That was pretty easy for replacing bunks.

 

I also removed a 17ft Aluminum Tracker from the trailer one time using two long nylon slings and four Come Alongs attached to the crossbeams in a barn.  

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You could do what I did. I started at the back of the boat. Using a floor jack and a few boards I lifted the rear of the boat up and supported it with two jack stands.   I then moved my jack forward and lifted it up a little above the trailer. As i did i rolled the trailer forward. I then adjusted the trailer wheel up so the trailer tilted up in the front and down in the back. With a little more work I had the entire boat lifted up and setting on wood and jack stands.  I like to use 2 by 6 wood for support.  I wheeled the trailer out, did a lot of trailer work and rolled it back under.  Tat was a 17 foot aluminum bass boat.

 

 

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Could get a friend go with you to the boat dock unload the boat and you go fishing and let him replace the bunks lol. Then take him fishing when done lol

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I just read this same question on another site and they made reference to a UTube video showing how to remove the boat, but not how to access the video.

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I am not sure how I did it, but I tore a small rip in one of my bunks that is about 9 months old. I have been formulating a plan for when It gets severe enough that I need to act.  It seems that my bunks are just 2x4’s wrapped in carpet and held on by 3 or 4 bolts. I was just thinking I could buy a couple of 2x4’s, cut them to size, carpet them, take them to the lake with me, launch my boat, and switch them out really quick before I head out on the water. It seems like it should be pretty straight forward.  Can anyone see any flaws in the plan?

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43 minutes ago, Happybeerbuzz said:

I am not sure how I did it, but I tore a small rip in one of my bunks that is about 9 months old. I have been formulating a plan for when It gets severe enough that I need to act.  It seems that my bunks are just 2x4’s wrapped in carpet and held on by 3 or 4 bolts. I was just thinking I could buy a couple of 2x4’s, cut them to size, carpet them, take them to the lake with me, launch my boat, and switch them out really quick before I head out on the water. It seems like it should be pretty straight forward.  Can anyone see any flaws in the plan?

I'm actually going to remove the wood bunks and replace them with these:

 

https://www.easternmarine.com/self-centering-bunk-glide-ons-86162

 

Removing the old bunks will be easy, I will just have to check the hardware when I get the new boards in to make sure they work with the braces. I think your plan is fine, but I think the same issue will be having the right hardware on the new bunks on your boat to make it a smooth replacement.

 

But it's the fender covers that I think will take more McGuyvering...

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How much does your 14' glass boat weigh less engine?

The simple method for lighter weight boats is tie a strong rope to the stern tie downs and around a tree. Put 2 old auto tires on the ground under the stern and foreward under the bow. Hook up the trailer, disconnect the wench and slowly pull the trailer out from under the boat so it ends up on the tires. You may need some help to make sure the tires are in the right places and when reloading to pick up the bow to start the boat back on the trailer after wetting the new bunk carpets. Wench the back onto the trailer.

It all depends on the boat weight you can handle.

Tom

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What WRB said except build supports instead of the tires.

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