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Old 09-16-2013, 09:35 PM
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Replace boat buddy with roller

I have trashed two boat buddies and have a nightmare of a time getting the boat all the way up to the pin correctly. I would prefer to just get it close and then winch it up and forget the whole boat buddy. Please dont respond with telling me how to correctly use the boat buddy, I am throwing in the towel.
Anyway I found this roller, but not sure what else is involved. Can someone else that have done this project explain any parts or pieces that I am missing? As far as I know all i do it take the boat buddy off and put this directly in its place using a similar bolt.

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...2&merchID=4006

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 09-16-2013, 09:53 PM
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you are correct - many here have removed their boat buddy - I like my boat buddy at this point.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:56 PM
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Selling old boat buddy?
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:24 PM
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I have no problems getting boat buddy to work. But what do you guys do to keep it from marking up the bow or at least best way to clean marks off. I would replace with a roller also but I like the security of the pin in addition to the strap.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:59 PM
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I have no problems getting boat buddy to work. But what do you guys do to keep it from marking up the bow or at least best way to clean marks off. I would replace with a roller also but I like the security of the pin in addition to the strap.
Add chain for additional security when using only winch w/o boat buddy.
Use transom straps as well.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:21 AM
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Add chain for additional security when using only winch w/o boat buddy.
Use transom straps as well.
This. I ditched the boat buddy early on in my MC stewardship. Nonmarring bow roller is the way to go. Use a backup chain and you're good to go. You won't miss it.
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This. I ditched the boat buddy early on in my MC stewardship. Nonmarring bow roller is the way to go. Use a backup chain and you're good to go. You won't miss it.
Does it automatically latch like the boat buddy or do you have to get out and flip that trigger switch?
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:54 AM
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Does it automatically latch like the boat buddy or do you have to get out and flip that trigger switch?
No. It's just a chain that is used as a fail safe for the winch. With my current boat, I don't drive on the trailer. I float on and winch it tight. It doesn't take long to hop out of the truck and hook up the boat. My old boat had an open bow. It was easy to drive it onto the trailer, walk up to the front, and hook up the winch strap and chain.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:13 PM
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Any pic's of how to put a chain on the trailer for the bow eye? First rig that I've owned without one. It seems creepy..............
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:07 PM
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Did anyone have to adjust/space up the carpeted V that holds the bow? I'm replacing my broken BB with a roller but when the boat is fully forward the eye is right in the middle of where the roller will go.
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