Loading trailer

 I'm looking for ways to make loading the boat on the trailer easier, most of the time i am out on my own.. Having a pre existing injury on my right shoulder doesent help matters, and those that have have had those injuries and surgery know that it more than often goes to both shoulders as you compensate. 

Anyways winging out of the way, i am finding it hard to get the boat on the trailer straight and can take a couple of goes to line up. Also like to run away when taking it off the trailer as there seems to be alot of rollers and it runs off the trailer.  I was looking at the ezi loader for retrieving, but the back of the trailer seems to be very wide between the back rollers with a massive gap in the middle? 

Not sure if this is normal or not, also have these things at the back of the trailer. Are they something i could attached a guide to help load?



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Boat size

Fri, 2017-04-21 21:45

 hey mate what size boat do you have and what brand of trailer ,   Pictures of complete setup may give a few more clues to issues 

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Fri, 2017-04-21 21:57

 5 metre boat with a mackay trailer

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Rear guides

Fri, 2017-04-21 21:52

 added these in various forms to my last two boats and one mates. Makes a world of difference for solo launch & retrieve.



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not found

Fri, 2017-04-21 21:58

 hey darren,

that page didnt come up

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Try this one...

Fri, 2017-04-21 22:06



From the bottom pic it looks like you already have the mounts there to do simething.

Bend some 16mm square bar to suit and slide over a 40mm PVC tube with an end cap from bunnings so it rolls on the bar, job done.

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 A electric winch with a

Fri, 2017-04-21 22:36

 A electric winch with a wireless controler would be my first bet .. you can hold the boat steady down the back and just press a button , the side arms would help a great deal too

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Put your boat

Sat, 2017-04-22 05:51

 back your boat further down the ramp. That will stop it running away. 

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Boat latch to stop the boat

Sat, 2017-04-22 06:32

Boat latch to stop the boat rolling off and to make solo launch and retrieve easy. Have a look at the Eazy loader rollers. They bolt onto the back or can be welded on. Should fix both problems and not overly expensive. If you put both on will be an easy drive on drive off trailer



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ezi loaer

Sat, 2017-04-22 08:19

 will look at those, might be the easiet option. i keep trying with the unloading and go a bit further in next time

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Anyone seen a Balex loader in oz

Sat, 2017-04-22 08:41

 I frequently launch and retrieve my 6.8 ally by myself but the trailer has full Teflon slides not rollers, it self centres no matter what angle and no matter how deep the water at the ramp.  I personally would never go back to rollers as the slides are completely maintenance free.

Recently saw on Bigangryfish the above named loading system, never seen one here and have no idea of cost but might be worthy of a further look 

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south west trailers

Sat, 2017-04-22 09:32

 took the boat and trailer to south west trailers and see said the trailer is well setup, he suggested not going so far back in the water when retrieving as the rollers and setup on this trailer to make it alot easier with any other aids.

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 yep that is what i would

Sat, 2017-04-22 10:58

 yep that is what i would recommend. dont put to much of your trailer in the water and let the rollers do the work when retrieivng, but do the opposite when launching.  


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Yup, common issue with rollers

Sat, 2017-04-22 10:37

 Back up too far and boat continually floats off alignment, trouble is if your shoulder is bad unless you have an electric winch makes manual retrieval harder on the arms although you can get it part way up then drop the trailer a little deeper to make it easier

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Sat, 2017-04-22 11:44

the winch has 3 gears so should be ok might have to practice that a bit before  a electric winch


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Covered pretty well

Sat, 2017-04-22 16:40

 I'll just add a plug for ezi-loaders, had one on my previuos 6m tinny and was great for solo work, once you had the bow in the vee and the winch line on, couldn't go wrong. Looks like you would need a bar across towards the back to mount one on that trailer. And yes, too far into the water on most trailers means your chance of misalignment on retrieve increases, but put it well in to launch.