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 Post subject: Trailering 18
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2004 12:02 pm 
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Joined: Mon May 17, 2004 12:51 pm
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Location: Riverside, CA
I have an 18 that the trailer has been modified. I need to move the front and rear supports on the trailer. Is there any specific points that the hull should sit on the supports. Does it matter how far forward of the front boat crossbar that the trailer supports are located?

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 7:58 am 
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Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 10:00 am
Posts: 383
Location: Long Beach, CA
Ideally you would like the boat to be sitting with the same weight on each of the cradles. That means that you would like to have them forward of the balance point and back the same distance. You can determine this by where it sits on the catwheels balanced. Then, whether you go 2 ft or 6 ft forward and back from there you will be equally distributed weightwise. Now, if you image putting your boat on the trailer and sliding it forward you would like it to sit on the front cradles before it gets nose heavy. Otherwise you will be crashing the bow into the trailer or the ground before it is sitting properly. The back and front cradles should not be separated by more than about 8 ft. While the boat is balanced on the catwheels measure from the cradles to the front of the boat were you would like the cradles, on the trailer, for catching the bow. That is a great way to determine the distance for your boat. Hope this makes sense.


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