Bunk placement for 2000 Sundancer 260

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  1. FishOn

    FishOn New Member

    17
    May 2, 2018
    2000 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser w/ Bravo3
    Hi. New to this forum. I'm interested in hearing opinions about the best trailer bunk placement and length for a year 2000 Sundancer 260. The trailer has 4 about 16 foot long bunks. I appreciate any advice.
     
  2. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    When I had my 260DA I used two bunks to land on the flat spot of the hull at the transom and tried to position the centerpoint of the weight over the trailer to not add to much or too little tongue weight. The front center was supported with a perpendicular bunk at the keel (always wanted to put a keel roller but never did).

    Trailer-Bunks.jpg

    -Kevin
     
  3. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    Welcome to CSR!
     
  4. FishOn

    FishOn New Member

    17
    May 2, 2018
    2000 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser w/ Bravo3
    Thanks! I recognize that transom. I appreciate the photo as I have yet to see mine out of the H2O. The trailer has 4 parallel 14' bunks. Hopefully that isn't too many. I see that yours sits on 2. I dont see the perpendicular one you mentioned though.. Probably will need to be high tide to float it on and off without getting the truck wet.
     
  5. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Depending on the bunk heights you may have a problem spacing them with four. The inner ones would need to be shorter than the outers.

    -Kevin
     
  6. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Also, do the bunks lay flat and angled or tall like mine?

    -Kevin
     
  7. FishOn

    FishOn New Member

    17
    May 2, 2018
    2000 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser w/ Bravo3
    These ones lay flat, not on end like yours. Is that bad? It sounds like I may need to shorten the inside bunks if possible. Is there an ideal bunk length (inner and outer) for the 260DA? I see 2 "flat areas" in in your photo. 2 on each side. I assume that's where the bunks should be placed? I dont know how the hull curves as you move towards the bow though which I'm assuming would dictate how those bunks are placed?
     
  8. FishOn

    FishOn New Member

    17
    May 2, 2018
    2000 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser w/ Bravo3
    Maybe I'm over-thinking this....
     
  9. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    You might just have to float the boat on and see where it lies to determine the positioning and length. Just watch the keel as you pull it in so that it does not get caught on a cross member.

    If you a setting the trailer by enlisting a travel lift then ignore the above. You will have to lower it it and make adjustments. Keep in mind if your using a travel lift the slings will get caught in the bunks when the boat settles down. If you are planning using a fork lift then the bunks will also need to be spaced to accommodate the forks.

    When I set mine it was a little bit of trial and error.

    -Kevin
     
  10. FishOn

    FishOn New Member

    17
    May 2, 2018
    2000 260 Sundancer
    5.7 Mercruiser w/ Bravo3
    Thanks KevinC. I'm sure I'll learn a thing or 2 through the process. I'll try and post some pics of the end result.

    Cheers
     

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