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Old 04-28-2013, 12:39 PM
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So, I was taking my '86 to the lake yesterday and was pulled over by a state trooper who informed me very seriously that "you are living on a hope and a prayer". He ordered me out of my truck and showed me that I "did not have 3 points of contact" on my boat holding it to the trailer. I almost laughed at him but didn't think that would go over very well. The boat came from the factory in '86 with only the front tow hooked up the bar on the front of the bow. I explained this to him and that I have been towing this boat like this from the factory for 26 yrs. and if it was going to move or fall off it would have by now, but he didn't buy it. He gave me a warning. Any similar stories or insight on this? P.S. I looked up the state statute on this and in WI it does say that a boat must be secured on a trailer at the bow and stern to prevent shifting but I don't believe there is a way on an '86 to do this without putting a strap all the way around on the back which would rub on the boat, ......... NO GOOD!
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:07 PM
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Sounds like a little bit of an overzealous trooper.

No transom lifting eyes on your '86?
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:09 PM
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Yeah you do not want to be flexing the top of the boat by putting a strap over it. It is not designed for a (potentially) heavy load like that. You don't have stern eyes? I got my boat (an 84) from the original owner and they did not have stern straps (although the boat has stern eyes and the trailer has rings to connect to). Looking at it, I thought that a strap would interfere with the swim platform, so I took a bungie cord and ran it as a straight line between the stern eye and the ring on the trailer with the platform installed. No interference after all. I went down and bought straps after that, and they work fine. I do not think the boat would move at all on the trailer unless I got in a crash, since there is so much friction between the bunks and the boat bottom, but I do like having extra security.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:17 PM
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So, I was taking my '86 to the lake yesterday and was pulled over by a state trooper who informed me very seriously that "you are living on a hope and a prayer". He ordered me out of my truck and showed me that I "did not have 3 points of contact" on my boat holding it to the trailer. I almost laughed at him but didn't think that would go over very well. The boat came from the factory in '86 with only the front tow hooked up the bar on the front of the bow. I explained this to him and that I have been towing this boat like this from the factory for 26 yrs. and if it was going to move or fall off it would have by now, but he didn't buy it. He gave me a warning. Any similar stories or insight on this? P.S. I looked up the state statute on this and in WI it does say that a boat must be secured on a trailer at the bow and stern to prevent shifting but I don't believe there is a way on an '86 to do this without putting a strap all the way around on the back which would rub on the boat, ......... NO GOOD!
He's correct.... Did you ever see the picture of my 79 with the 1-point of trailer attachment? ..........Sitting in the ditch..... Those boats do not sit on a trailer in a guaranteed manner.... not an almost laughing matter....

I too was convinced that it would sit there always.....79 model, 86 model.. all the same when it comes to laws of physics....

.......trooper is correct in more ways than one...

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Old 04-28-2013, 01:19 PM
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Yeah you do not want to be flexing the top of the boat by putting a strap over it. It is not designed for a (potentially) heavy load like that.
Another mis-nomenclature..... Other than rear tie-downs, it's the only secure way to keep a trailer under the boat. Look on the fenders right behind the wheel well (where you may step). You'll find a tie-down ring bolted to the trailer frame for the strap.....

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Old 04-28-2013, 01:22 PM
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Wow, how did you get such a good pic in the 80's? I remember the late 90's cameras not being better than a couple megapixels for the top of the line lol.
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I have followed several direct drive ski boats on trailers down the highway. They do move. I backup my winch strap with a hefty chain and run a strap over the gunnels with padding to protect the deck. I will make short trips around town (less than 10 miles) without it, but I feel better with a little more.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:26 PM
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Wow, how did you get such a good pic in the 80's? I remember the late 90's cameras not being better than a couple megapixels for the top of the line lol.
Wow.......... that is a crappy 35mm SLR picture that I enlarged with free software....

That picture was not taken in the 80s.... lol

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Another mis-nomenclature..... Other than rear tie-downs, it's the only secure way to keep a trailer under the boat. Look on the fenders right behind the wheel well (where you may step). You'll find a tie-down ring bolted to the trailer frame for the strap.....

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nope. My trailer is a VM trailer and it does not have rings there, nor does it look like it ever did. It does look like it had (used to have) carpeted protectors to keep the boat from rubbing the fenders, but those tabs would be nowhere near strong enough to keep the boat on the trailer so I'm pretty sure that is not what they were for.

That is a painful pic of your 79. Ouch!
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nope. My trailer is a VM trailer and it does not have rings there, nor does it look like it ever did. It does look like it had (used to have) carpeted protectors to keep the boat from rubbing the fenders, but those tabs would be nowhere near strong enough to keep the boat on the trailer so I'm pretty sure that is not what they were for.

That is a painful pic of your 79. Ouch!
Whatever works best for the safety of you, your family, and others.....

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