Boat Trailers Ireland
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Fishing Boats Ireland Boat Trailers
: There are
three elements to a good boating package: a boat, an engine;
and a trailer. Any one of the three can break your heart,
but it is most often the trailer than will shatter your dream.
A roller trailer like this is the best money
can buy. You don't have to go this far but you
should aim for the best you can afford. The multi rollers
at rear of this trailer make launch and recovery very easy and possibly carried out by one person.
trailer this size would carry a heavy boat and would
probably be equipped with brakes.
It is worth considering, when buying a boating package, to spend a
bit extra after you have made the initial purchase. Sell the
trailer that comes with the boat and buy a brand new trailer for
your new fishing boat. There is a big difference in
travelling to and from the distant launch point at fifty or sixty
miles per hour rather than travelling along at twenty MPH with the
window open listening to the cracking of dud bearings, and the
thump of the boat on dud suspensions, supports, and rollers.
However, do not despair if the trailer you have bought is
the best you can afford and it needs some work. There are a
few specialist suppliers of parts for boat trailers in Ireland
that will provide you will all the parts necessary to upgrade your
fishing boat trailer. These trailers seem mysterious because we
are not used to them but they are actually quite simple affairs...
an axle with suspensions and wheels and a long shaft on
which the boat sits and which is attached to the towing vehicle.
everything else is easy to fit and remove. Rollers, jockey
wheel, winch, mudguards etc. Don't be afraid to get stuck in
and do it up.
|This is a bunk trailer, so called because of
the use of bunks rather than rollers. These are
extremely popular and are not as expensive as roller
trailers. With the bunk trailer you have to immerse
the trailer in the water and slide the boat on over the
bunks. Tie on the front of the boat and drive up the
slipway to complete the tying down..
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Taking boat off the trailer:
You don't need water to remove the boat from the trailer or get it
back on again. On the lawn, simply push the boat off the
trailer as far as it will go. Tie the stern of the boat to a
stout tree or stake, and then slowly drive away with the trailer.
When replacing the boat after you have done up your trailer, you
just raise the front of the boat and rest the keel on a wooden
block to facilitate getting the trailer under the boat. Back in
the trailer and remove the trailer from the car. You are
actually going to move the trailer under the boat rather than
dragging the boat onto the trailer. It is wise to ask a friend to
help with the lifting and pulling and to keep an eye on the parts
of the boat you can't see at any particular time.. especially as
you drive the trailer away from under the secured boat.
Now that the craft is off the Boat Trailer and supported with wooden
blocks or tyres, (never concrete) you can get into action with the
trailer. Bearings are a must to change and some experts
suggest changing the bearings as a matter of routine maintenance
every year. If you are not familiar with this, ask a
mechanic friend. It is a simple matter to remove covers and
take out the split-pin, undo the large nut and slip out the
bearings. There are usually two wheel bearings with each wheel.
inner and outer. Once they are out, clean them up, and off
to Cork or Limerick or Dublin to get replacements. Use the
internet to find a supplier. When replacing, be sure to use
marine grease. This is VIP. Any marine suppliers will
have marine grease. Don't over tighten the retaining nut.
Simply tighten until you feel resistance and then turn back so
that the wheel can spin easily. Replace the split pin in the
hole provided and put the grease cover back on. This subject
is covered at length on some US websites.
Check all the rollers on your boat trailer and replace any that are flattened or not
turning. The more rollers you have the better. They
will carry the boat more securely on the road and allow for easier
launching and recovery when on the slipway. The multi-roller
trailers are wonderful and once used you will never use anything
Check the winch and double check the winch strap. This is to
ensure the safety of the operator as well as the safety of the
boat. The winch strap takes considerable strain when
recovering the boat and if it has flaws it might snap and cause
Now tackle the painting. Remove any flaking paint and rust
with a scraper and a sandpaper wheel attached to your drill.
Prime immediately and use a good quality galvanised paint when the
primer is dry. It's a good idea to incorporate a few
distinguishing marks on a trailer so that it can be identified
afterwards. Trailers do get stolen so always lock your
trailer when you are not around. This applies particularly
when you are at sea. Lock the trailer wheels and lock the
trailer to the car/jeep.
Use several coats of paint and it is no harm to pour a diluted
paint thinners mixture into the hollow shafts of your trailer.
Others use oil. If the long shaft/drawbar is open at the end,
wait until it is dry and having sealed one end pour in a litre of
oil and plug the end with a prepared wooden plug. This oil
sloshing around in your boat trailer will be of immense benefit is the
fight against saltwater induced rust.
The road to and from the fishing boat dream
is paved with good intentions and rusty trailers. Always,
always, hose down the trailer after you get back from a trip to
the ocean. Wipe the salt water off the engine as well and wash your
boat. This will do more than just remove the salt from
the outfit - which is essential - it will also keep you familiar
with every square inch of your boat and trailer.
Get a good grease gun, and when the bearings have cooled
down, pump in some marine grease to expel the water that will have
found its way in there. Some recommend this procedure when
at the slipway.
Boat Trailers Ireland Slipway Etiquette
Slipway etiquette. There is nothing more annoying than finding
someone hogging the slipway for ages while you are waiting to
launch or recover your boat. Everyone should be aware of safety
and etiquette when at the slipway. Launching: Always undo the
ropes and straps - except the winch strap - before you approach the
slipway. Have all the equipment ready on board
the boat. Reverse down slipway as far as you can. Get
Car/Jeep wheels just in the water. Open winch strap from boat but be sure to hold
onto bow rope. A good idea to have someone else hold bow rope
while you push boat off trailer. Once boat is off, you calmly
drive up slipway and park car and trailer in safe place.
Lock trailer with chains and substantial locks. Trust your
companion to move the boat away from the slipway if others are
waiting, or they simply stand and wait holding the boat if no-one is
waiting. Everyone is, of course, wearing lifejackets.
No cussing, no shouting. Relax and think it through before
you do it. It's easy and safe if you prepare and take your
Do the same in reverse when recovering. Slow boat right down as
you approach slipway. Reverse gear just before you touch and
use a boat hook to keep boat from touching ground if you
wish. Then kill the boat engine and get a companion to
stand out on slipway and hold boat, while you go and get your
vehicle and trailer. With boat kept out of way, back trailer
into water. Hold bow rope securely, push boat out so that bow
is beyond trailer, and pull onto trailer by hand. Then secure
the winch strap and wind up. Have someone keep the boat
straight while you are winding. In windy conditions, use
stern rope and have someone hold back of boat so that boat is in
line with trailer.
Be prepared for the idiots. These are the ones who have not
prepared, who are loud and annoying, and who park on slipway for
ages while others are waiting. Fortunately they are in minority
but they are out there.
Watch out for spinning winch handles. After you let off the
ratchet, always hold the handle securely.
I always offer my help while I am waiting to launch or recover and
someone else is using slipway. Many prefer to do it themselves
so don't be pushy. Never be afraid to ask for help yourself
when on slipway. Everyone is always willing to help.