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Old 02-21-2009, 04:21 PM
fishstick fishstick is offline
Dead Fish Swimmin
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Default Boat Adjustment

Ever since I got my boat, I have had trouble luanching it off the trailer. I think it is sitting too close to the tongue. If I were to move it back, how is that going to effect hauling it on the road? How can you tell if it's ballanced right on the trailer?
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:23 PM
cmerrick cmerrick is offline
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Default Re: Boat Adjustment

The less tongue weight you have by moving the load farther back, you increase the probability the trailer will sway. I typically have between 2-300 pounds of tongue weight and don't even notice anything is back there.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:30 AM
fishstick fishstick is offline
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Default Re: Boat Adjustment

So would it make more sense to lenghten the tongue by a couple of feet, or stick with moving the boat back?
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:55 PM
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Default Re: Boat Adjustment

I've always adjusted so the transom is supported on the end of the trailer.
Then move the post to where ever it needs to be.
After that go for 7 to 10 percent of the total weight on the tongue. That can be done by moving the axel or by adjusting the contents for travel on the trailer.
I also adjust the bunks / rollers as low as I can get away with.
For level, I'll measure the frame inside the wheels (loaded) for heigth,,, then make the hitch to adjust the tongue to the same measurement or just a tad higher.
I've had good results with the above method for years and years.
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