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Black_Magic
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:58 AM 06/20/07 (CST)
Choose the proper trailer for your boat. More damage can be done to a boat by the stresses of road travel than by normal operation. A boat hull is designed to be supported evenly by water. When transported on a trailer, your boat should be supported structurally as evenly across the hull as possible. This will allow for even distribution of the weight of the hull, engine and equipment. It should be long enough to support the whole length of the hull but short enough to allow the lower unit of the boats engine to extend freely.

Rollers and bolsters must be kept in good condition to prevent scratching and gouging of the hull.
Tie-downs and lower unit supports must be adjusted properly to prevent the boat from bouncing on the trailer. The bow eye on the boat should be secured with either a rope, chain or turnbuckle in addition to the winch cable. Additional straps may be required across the beam of the boat.
The capacity of the trailer should be greater than the combined weight of the boat, motor, and equipment. The tow vehicle must be capable of handling the weight of the trailer, boat, equipment, as well as the weight of the passengers and equipment which will be carried inside. This may require that the tow vehicle may need to be specially equipped with a(n):

Engine of adequate power.

Transmission designed for towing.

Larger cooling systems for the engine and transmission.

Heavy duty brakes.

Load bearing hitch attached to the frame, not the bumper. (Check your vehicle owner's manual for specific information.)


Check Before You Go Out On The Highway

The tow ball and coupler are the same size and bolts with washers are tightly secured. (The vibration of road travel can loosen them.)
The coupler is completely over the ball and the latching mechanism is locked.
The trailer is loaded evenly from front to rear as well as side to side.
Too much weight on the hitch will cause the rear wheels of the tow vehicle to drag and may make steering more difficult.
Too much weight on the rear of the trailer will cause the trailer to "fishtail" and may reduce traction or even lift the rear wheels of the tow vehicle off the ground.
The safety chains are attached crisscrossing under the coupler to the frame of the tow vehicle. If the ball were to break, the trailer would follow in a straight line and prevent the coupler from dragging on the road.
Check that the lights on the trailer function properly.
Check the brakes. On a level parking area roll forward and apply the brakes several times at increasing speeds to determine a safe stopping distance.
The side view mirrors are large enough to provide an unobstructed rear view on both sides of the vehicle.
Check tires (including spare) and wheel bearings. Improper inflation may cause difficulty in steering. When trailer wheels are immersed in water (especially salt water), the bearings should be inspected and greased after each use.
Make certain water from rain or cleaning has been removed from the boat. Water weighs approximately eight pounds per gallon and can add weight that will shift with the movement of the trailer.
Towing Precautions
Allow more time to brake, accelerate, pass, and stop.
Remember the turning radius is also much greater. Curbs and roadside barriers must be given a wide berth when negotiating corners.
Prior to operating on the open road, practice turning, backing up, etc. on a level uncongested parking area



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 12:13 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
Hey Black_Magic,

Did you write all of these articles your sending?



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:16 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
WD...Yes for the most part. Most of the writings are from experience or just common sense when I go out alone or with buddies. Some things I have read and kept in the back of the noggin and have tried to make sure.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 12:20 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
Can I add a few of these to our articles page? All contributions will link back to your site. I also think we should keep these in the articles forum. They are very good.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 12:20 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
Come to think of it one of these articles was posted on another site i used to visit and i have forgot the source of the information. I rather give information from 30 years experience in the field of fishing and being on the water.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:22 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
Sure thing WD. I have many more on my puter somewhere from when i would send them in to other sites. Glad you like them. I will be sending more soon on different species of fish and tips for them.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 12:23 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
I dont really consider my help here as article writings but if thats where you would like them to go then so be it. Im just trying to be helpful is all.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:51 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
You do have a plethera of information.Did I say that! wink smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:58 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
Thanks Keith...have alot of years learning under my hat.


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 03:53 PM 06/20/07 (CST)
Its a really important thing to consider when buying a new boat, often the Dealer will skimp on the trailer in order to make the Package more attractive or affordable.
Nothing worse then having a trailer that is totally in adequate for the size of the boat especially for those who trailer often.
Also make sure the Spare tire is sucurely fastened to your trailer I know three people just this season alone who lost their spares do to rusty or loosened bolts.

Good Post!


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