A 'floor' or a trailer? What would you do?

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A 'floor' or a trailer? What would you do?

Post by griz » 12 Mar 2019, 16:58

hc803 wrote:Idea: do the work with the boat in the water and give us all periodic updates of what's fallen overboard. This is the most entertaining choice (for us, not you).
I have considered this as well. Let me just attach floaties to all my tools....and I've dropped them all.

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A 'floor' or a trailer? What would you do?

Post by LDUBS » 12 Mar 2019, 22:18

I would opt for a used trailer because it will give you the most utility over time. Assuming that is you have a decent place to store the trailer.
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A 'floor' or a trailer? What would you do?

Post by FishinFitz » 12 Mar 2019, 23:19

Griz, I have a trailer that that might work for you if interested. I’m about 2 hours from you? It’s not pretty but is tagged and road ready.
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A 'floor' or a trailer? What would you do?

Post by griz » 13 Mar 2019, 08:21

FishinFitz wrote:Griz, I have a trailer that that might work for you if interested. I’m about 2 hours from you? It’s not pretty but is tagged and road ready.
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I'm down in Houston a lot so you're not so far away. It looks like it'd work to me. Are you thinking sale, rent, or borrow?

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Post by FishinFitz » 13 Mar 2019, 10:54

If you just need it temporarily borrow would be fine.

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A 'floor' or a trailer? What would you do?

Post by BillPlayfoot » 17 Mar 2019, 07:42

I would borrow that trailer.

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Post by griz » 20 Mar 2019, 10:31

I borrowed FishinFitz's trailer (thanks Fitz).

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Post by griz » 23 Mar 2019, 12:28

It looks like Fitz's trailer isn't going to work. I still appreciate the chance to use it though. Thanks Fitz.

I just thought "maybe I should measure things first" and it looks like the boat will be 3 feet longer than the trailer. Given that it's the transom with an outboard sitting out past the bunks, that's a little too far I think. Aren't the bunks supposed to be at least to the back of the boat typically?

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Post by richg99 » 23 Mar 2019, 16:47

Since I am old and slow, it would take me some time to get the deck installed.

That being the case, and assuming that you have someplace to put the boat to work on it...could you #1 run the boat to the nearest ramp. #2 position some rollers (see above) and your truck at the ramp. #3 have a couple of 2x6's at the truck to help you get the boat onto the truck. Some large, brawny types of helpers would be good.

Back truck in; position the 2x6's; tie them together or nail a couple of 2x4';s to hold them in place; drive boat up as far as it will go; use the suggested come-along and rollers to move the boat all of the way up into the truck's bed.

Take her to the work place and slide her down the 2x6s and work there. When done, reverse the procedure.

a post here, and maybe on a local fishing network might net you a trailer to use for a few hours, free of charge.

Obviously, it is easier said than done. I've done a lot of work at boat ramps, usually on my trailers.

Also, Harbor Freight sells an inexpensive, put-it-together yourself boat trailer.

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Post by griz » 24 Mar 2019, 13:07

I've got the standard, 6 foot bed which is maybe 8 tops with the tailgate down. The 1542 would hang out 7 feet. I don't know if I can make that work even if it does go in outboard-first so the weight is closer to the cab.

Maybe I can fasten some longer bunks to Fitz's trailer. I think I'll look in to that...

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Post by richg99 » 24 Mar 2019, 13:14

Clearly, a trailer, any trailer, would be the easiest solution. Longer bunks would be fine for a short while, while you work on the rig.

If the bunks don't fully support the transom, then, over time, you could develop a "hook". But, you said that the boat is hung on straps most of the time, so a tempory trailer should do the trick.

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Post by FishinFitz » 25 Mar 2019, 23:08

Griz, thanks for the burger, it was great to meet you. If you need to mod that trailer to make it work go for it. Maybe replace those covered 1x4 with longer sturdier bunks. Cover the bunks with gutter downspouts like Richg99 has described before.

My understanding the key is weight distribution, too much weight behind the axles and the trailer might fish tail. Has happen to me with a Boy Scout equipment trailer, not fun. There’s no that much weight to these boats, the majority of the weight is the motor. Might consider trailering with the motor off the transom?

If I can do anything to help let me know.

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