Wellcraft trailer

 Recently purchased a Wellcraft 232 coastal, has a 2003 Mackay trailer underneath, trailer not designed for this boat obviously. The keel rollers are a pain as it seems to catch badly on the first 2 as I'm driving it on and off so much so it's taking chips out the gelcoat, and have now dropped them out the way but still catches on the first one. also has the rear drop down swing arm for the last 3 sets of rollers which needs to be lifted up as it was never set properly, bloody second hand trailers!

question is can I remove the entire row of keel rollers and just have the wobble rollers each side as there are 16 sets, boat would weigh around 1800kg  


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 Im no expert but couldnt see

Sun, 2018-06-24 18:06

 Im no expert but couldnt see how that would be much different to running bunks. I have bunks under my seaswirl and nothing under the keel. 

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no keel rollers on fibreglass boats

Sun, 2018-06-24 18:25

 keel rollers are only needed on Ali boats so get rid of them all together if you can, wobble rollers down the sides only and your boat will self centre and be a lot easier to get on and off   cheers  Ace

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 why do you need keel rollers

Sun, 2018-06-24 18:34

 why do you need keel rollers on ally boats?



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 Cheers guys, looking at

Sun, 2018-06-24 19:19

 Cheers guys, looking at options to converting to a bunk style, think it may be a better option in the long run, but more stuffing around setting it up.

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 My glass boat had keel

Sun, 2018-06-24 21:20

 My glass boat had keel rollers which caused the same problems so I took them all off and now just run the wobble rollers. I would flick the keel rollers...


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need keel support

Mon, 2018-06-25 13:51

 Hey rob, The guy at Golstar boats told me Ali boats need the support on the keel, but Fibreglass boats are fine with only side supports   cheers Ace 

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 Matty I have a 232 Coastal &

Mon, 2018-06-25 15:57

 Matty I have a 232 Coastal & came on a new Dunbier trailer. Had the same issue of chipping the gel coat at the bottom of the V on the hull. Was both from the centre of tilt frame at the back as well as the cross braces on the trailer depending on incline of the ramp. Issue being roller set up for deep V at Bow & fairly flat botton at stern. I fixed it by fitting a keel type roller in the middle of the tilt up fram at the rear of the trailer & pop riviting some of the Blue Nylon slider material for bunk trailers along the cross beams. Not had any issues since. Can get some pics when home on the weekend of the set up.

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Thanks mate appreciate the

Mon, 2018-06-25 17:45

Thanks mate appreciate the feedback, if you can send some pics that would be a great help. 0418913711

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 Sorry for delay mate, but

Mon, 2018-07-16 13:56

 Sorry for delay mate, but 1st time I have had the boat out. Texted the pics of trailer set up.

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Mon, 2018-07-16 15:20

Main weight I would say needs to be on the keel rollers with the wobble ones for stabilization & guide ,keel is the thickest & strongest part of the boat,look at dogbone rollers.