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Old 07-02-2012, 10:01 PM
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Crazy loading and unloading ritual

I have a new to me 94 190 and factory trailer with a boat buddy. Here is the deal; The nose of the boat seems to not want to clear the boat buddy and I am worried about gel damage. I have my ski partner sit on the transom to raise the nose when loading and the same when unloading. If driver is in the driver's seat, the nose will actually go under the boat buddy when loading. When unloading if his 240 lbs aren't on the transom, it drags off hard instead of floating above it. What gives? Private ramp in a gravel pit, so it is far from exactly level or the same each time but no matter what aggle I try the issue is the same.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:14 PM
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On my 197 it does the same thing if the trailer is in the water to deep. Try leaving the trailer a little further out of the water so the boat rides up on the bunks further pushing the nose up on top of the boat buddy. Good luck
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:17 PM
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If your nose dips below the Buddy or Roller if would indicate your trailer is in too deep. Depending on the degree of the launch a general rule of thumb is to show the tops of the wheel fender. Adjust the depth of the trailer into the launch form there.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:35 PM
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94 190 works really well with fenders just out of the water. The boat buddy should line up fine.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:59 PM
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I may be too deep. I will try the fender gauge, but also wondering if my ramp is just steep and partially to blame. Very good input. I will be out again on Thurs. and let you know how I did.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:57 PM
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I have owned three MasterCraft boats that all had the Boat Buddy! I replaced two of them and in the end NONE of them worked correctly! Lose the Boat Buddy and replace it with a nylon roller!

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Old 07-03-2012, 08:31 AM
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I have owned three MasterCraft boats that all had the Boat Buddy! I replaced two of them and in the end NONE of them worked correctly! Lose the Boat Buddy and replace it with a nylon spool!

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Well I don't think that would solve his problem. The problem being that the bow is under the boat buddy so it would also be under the roller too.

I agree with you might be too deep on the trailer.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:55 AM
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One other thing to look at is your hitch height. do you have enough drop on your receiver hitch? I had that problem with my last tow rig, but it had a 6" suspension lift and big old redneck tires...
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:33 AM
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+1 for too deep / too steep. If its too steep,I like the idea to lower the trailer hitch. Let us know how it works. Love that boat
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:46 AM
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+1 on being too deep. I used to gauge my '83 S&S by my trailer fenders based on how steep the ramp was. On a fairly flat ramp top of fender barely showing with boat rear starting to float but a steep ramp have water level between fender & tire (the air gap between top of tire and bottom of fender).
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