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Old 03-27-2007, 08:50 AM
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Is there a way to make the carpet on the trailer bunks more slippery?

The ease of removal/ retrieval of the boat to and from my trailer is hit and miss. Sometimes the boat slides off nice and easy. Other times it feels like the boat is glued to the trailer.
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:53 AM
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Well this should get good soon! Ric? Ric? Ric?
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:55 AM
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In all seriousness I have heard of people spraying them down with a liquid wax, 303 protectant etc. To make them slippery. Also make sure that you are completely submersing the bunks and then pulling the trailer back up to your desired height on the ramp.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:04 AM
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I found the same procedure as SAN to help. Back the trailer further into the water then pull it back out to were the fenders are just below the water line.

I also found that one of the bunks had a tear in the carpet and it would roll up and the boat was setting on the wood. I am replacing all the carpet this weekend.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:08 AM
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I feel your pain brutha!

there are many options to solve this issue

let me let you read about a few of them if you have not already.http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/sh...ad.php?t=10598
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:56 AM
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I spray mine down with a silicone spray from wally world, cant remember the name but it comes in a red can and it works great.
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Old 03-27-2007, 10:27 AM
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From what TMCNo.1 has mentioned about his previous boat, I wouldn't use 303 or other silicone based spray on the bunks. I can't recall precisely the process Harold described, but the silicone basically caused water to be trapped against the gel coat with blistering being the result.

I'll spray the bunks with wax about 2 or 3 times per year. Good way to wax that part of the boat. But be extremely careful launching if you do this. Don't unhook the boat until it's well over the water. If the ramp is steep enough, it will slide right off the bunks.
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Old 03-27-2007, 10:30 AM
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I have heard this product mentioned before.. I should probably order some up, for the new boat... since odds are I will be joining the IHMT Club ("I Hate My Trailer Club")

http://shop.easternmarine.com/index....productID=4614
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From what TMCNo.1 has mentioned about his previous boat, I wouldn't use 303 or other silicone based spray on the bunks. I can't recall precisely the process Harold described, but the silicone basically caused water to be trapped against the gel coat with blistering being the result.

I'll spray the bunks with wax about 2 or 3 times per year. Good way to wax that part of the boat. But be extremely careful launching if you do this. Don't unhook the boat until it's well over the water. If the ramp is steep enough, it will slide right off the bunks.

Correct Doug, on our first boat I used silicone spray and Armor-All and it blistered the gelcoat at the bunks. NEVER AGAIN! Do not use silicone or silicone based product, use some type non silicone spray about twice a year, right before you retrieve the boat when the carpet is dry. Be extremely careful after application, not to unhook the bow before you have backed the boat into the water or it can/will slide off onto the ramp and you don't want to wind up in the "Boat Ramp Bloopers" thread. That "Liquid Rollers" stuff is interesting, but I would like to read the ingredients first! I use wax not as much for the ease of loading or unloading, but to reduce the friction of the hull and carpet, so it will last longer.
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:50 AM
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I coat my bunks with liquid wax also. works great.
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