Help with trailer roller set up

 Hey guys,

Recently bought a boat that was on a very average trailer, luckly it came with a new trailer frame and rollers i just had to set it up i got around to it over the weekend and got the boat on it yesterday just wanted to see what you guys thought i had originally wanted to throw a few keel rollers in but the way the cross members dip down i think i would have to custom make some to reach high enough. does anyone have a trailer set up similar to this? I spoke to a few trailer shops and they all seemed to think that setting it up this way should be fine but i haven't seen many trailers set up this way and am a bit worried im going to end up with a roller through my hull.

Any advice is much appreciated 

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 I don't like that style at

Mon, 2017-04-17 10:51

 I don't like that style at all. Good row of keel rollers take all the weight. The side rollers just guide it on straight and stop it from laying over.


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trailer is set up for an ali

Mon, 2017-04-17 11:49

trailer is set up for an ali boat.


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Keel rollers

Mon, 2017-04-17 22:14

I'm not too sure if thats right, I was told by a boat and trailer manufacturer that Ali boats must have keel rollers but Fibreglass boats could get away without them.

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 Yeah a bit worried about it

Mon, 2017-04-17 12:28

 Yeah a bit worried about it. Thinking i might switch out the front double rollers for another quad setup and move the doubles back in between the other quad rollers, might also have a go at fabricating some brackets to get a few keel rollers in there 

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Not all boats suit keel rollers

Mon, 2017-04-17 15:33

Some of  the fully rollered types only have centre rollers to assist with getting it started straight, the boat then goes up on the side rollers. Some glass boats simply cant use a keel rolle rfor support anywhere but at the front, due to the planing plank type keel, too wide for rollers.  I certainly wouldn't call that a good setup for ali---plate ali perhaps, but certainly not pressed ali.  Al it needs is an adjustable height  centre roller mounted up on that frontmost crossmember to support the bow, IMO.