How should the bow roller sit?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Blacksslumina, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. Blacksslumina

    Blacksslumina New Member

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    Jan 5, 2018
    1980 Sea Ray 245
    305 Mercruiser 5.0L
    Im not sure if my trailer is set up properly for the boat but I just replaced the bow tow eye and would like to adjust it now if it's needed. It's a double bow roller, should it sit above the top roller or in between them? Thanks
     

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  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

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    The bow eye should generally be below a bow roller so when you pull the boat fully onto the trailer, the bow eye snugs up underneath the roller. This helps to lock the bow into position and keep it from bouncing. From your picture, it appears that the bow eye can not go below the lower roller since the strap will scrape against the metal. You're seeing it in person... is that correct?
     
  3. Blacksslumina

    Blacksslumina New Member

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    Jan 5, 2018
    1980 Sea Ray 245
    305 Mercruiser 5.0L
    Yes your right it would be too low, but it seems like it would work ok if it was in the middle or if the boat was just pulled up more on the trailer and the bow eye rest right above the top roller. Its been in this position since I got it so I just don't know.
     
  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

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    How it has been in the past does not mean it is correct.
     
  5. Blacksslumina

    Blacksslumina New Member

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    Jan 5, 2018
    1980 Sea Ray 245
    305 Mercruiser 5.0L
    Found some pics online, looks like I shoud raise it up some so the tow eye rest in the middle of the bow stops. I appreciate your help
     

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  6. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

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    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    When pulled tight, the bow eye should be in between the two rollers this will keep the bow from moving in any direction. As you crank it through the rollers the bow will be pulled into them making it tight and impossible for the bow to move. Just as the pics from blackslumina illustrations show.

    Bow Tie
     
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  7. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

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    Guys, respectfully, you can look at pictures on the 'net all day long. But the bow eye should be snugged up tight DIRECTLY touching the bottom of a roller. The only thing those pictures show (and the boat with the blue rollers and the rope with a blue tracer in it shows it well) is that the winch stand needs to be adjusted. In the case of the blue rollers, it can be slid down a few inches.

    That being said, when you have a double roller setup, as opposed to a single bow roller, it's not "quite" as a important to have the bow eye snugged up tight. But if you're looking for the "best" or "proper" way to do it, then adjust the winch stand to touch the bow eye. As I mentioned above, this "locks" the bow into position better. Without the bow eye touching a roller, it can still bounce a bit. Ask yourself this... if there's a better way to do it, and it's super easy to boot, why not do it?
     
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