Guides for bunk trailer

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  1. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Where the guide poles really help is a windy day. They're sort of like goal posts - go slow and get "somewhere in the middle", and it "catches" you.

    Yes, you can add the bunks while the boat is still on the trailer. Snug them up tight to the hull. Then, when the boat is off, slide them in an inch or so and you should be good. But, you need to check that there is a suitable mounting spot for them and that the mounting spot can handle sharing the load of the boat. This doesn't work out on all trailers.
     
  2. Woody

    Woody Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Sounds like your setup loads as easy as mine. Sure the stern swings sometimes, but only until the boat bottom contacts the side bunks. In the meantime the forward motion lines it right back up as more boat is making contact with the trailer. The trailer would have to be really deep for the keel to actually swing over the fenders.
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  3. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    Nice photo. I do not have the keel bunk that far back to catch and hold like this pic does.

    MM
     
  4. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Active Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    '08 H240
    5.7
    For those with the guide poles, how much space is between the guide pole and the boat when it's on the trailer out of the water?
     
  5. randmhall

    randmhall Member SILVER Sponsor

    183
    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    Mine are only about 1" clearance to the rub rail. Boat is already 8'6" wide, if the stick out very far you are over width. They flex a bit when you bump them loading. Never worried about breaking one, they are just 5' sticks of 2" PVS from the hardware store, so they are cheap.
     
  6. CliffA

    CliffA Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    I set the guide poles to be tight against the rub rail....they are somewhat flexible so they will bend some...that helped center the boat over the bunks when retrieving the boat out of the water.....

    cliff
     
  7. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Active Member

    May 10, 2007
    Indiana
    '08 H240
    5.7
    Perfect, thanks! I wasn't planning on using them and told the trailer manufacturer to leave them off - even gave me a discount for not getting them. Had my trailer delivered and they were strapped to it, so I installed them this weekend. We'll have to see if I like them, first trailer with them and this is the 4th boat I've trailered.
     
  8. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    Mine are similar to Cliff's. Mine will flex 6-8 inches at the rub rail height.

    MM
     
  9. OllieC

    OllieC Member SILVER Sponsor

    359
    Mar 11, 2013
    MinniSoCold
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    Funny - after 5 years without guides, I put mine on last weekend. They came with the trailer but I never installed them. Now I am thinking of taking them off for the reason you stated. My beam is 8'6" and my trailer is 96 wide. Two aluminum poles come out the side of the trailer and the PVC tube slides over the poles. I am now more than 8' 6" wide with the poles and they extend out wider than the wheel wells on the trailer - I don't like it much....
     
  10. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    My excuse for having the guides on the trailer is that I back the trailer down, my wife drives the boat onto the trailer. Usually. Nuff said. :smt043
     
  11. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    It's the "usually" part of your statement that brings back my own memories and gave me a chuckle! :smt001

    I have to give my wife credit, though. When we met, she was brand new to boating and I was doing the truck side and the boat side. She slowly got her feet wet in the sport and eventually elected to do the boat side of launching/retrieving, leaving the truck side for me. I gotta admit - even with our 260DA, we are usually one of the fastest loaders (unloading is a no-brainer) at the ramp. But, there have been some windy days were the guide poles would have taken a little of the stress away.
     

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