Thinking about buying guide poles

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by KrazyKarl, Aug 12, 2022.

  1. KrazyKarl

    KrazyKarl Member

    43
    Jun 26, 2022
    1999 190CC Sea Ray
    4.3L Alpha (190 PHP) MCM stern drive
    I have looked at a lot of them on line & don't know what to buy. Angled or straight, rollers or PVC poles, lights or no lights. I'm on an Eagle Spirit trailer. Probably should be asking what should I not buy, what have you had trouble with. I have read the hardware with the cheap kits are not up to par.
     
  2. jmauld

    jmauld Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 9, 2020
    Carolina Beach
    2010 Sundancer 390
    2016 Sea Hunt Ultra 211
    Twin 8.1l of gas guzzling iron
    I have straight PVC poles. No lights.

    I like them this way.
     
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    Boatless in WA
    No motor
    When you mount whatever poles get, don't forget to leave a couple of inches between the boat and the pole to allow some maneuvering room.
     
  4. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    Simple is best…
     
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  5. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    Does your trailer manufacturer offer guide poles? That is usually my first go to as they will fit better.
     
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  6. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    just don't back your trailer all the way into the water. That way you can line it up and hit it with some speed. Speed will die off as you slide up on the bunks. Once you find the correct depth of the trailer to be at and the proper speed to hit it with - you will be golden.

    Course the learning process will be interesting.

    Hey, its Friday afternoon. Is a little humor allowed? Just kidding guide poles can be good.
     
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  7. Jus Cruisin

    Jus Cruisin Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2021
    Lake St Clair - MI (Belle Maer Harbor)
    2004 390 DA
    8.1's
    Straight up and tight (no lights) for me. 20220428_105748.jpg
     
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  8. El Capitan

    El Capitan Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2014
    Chicago IL./Vero Beach, Fl
    1970 SRV 180 w 2.5L Mercruiser.
    2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
    120HP Mercruiser
    I’m actually converting my roller trailer to bunk style with guide posts.
    No lights. Straight up. PVC.
    There are nice foam covers that go over the PVC. Made of foam w canvas. Protects from scuffing your gelcoat. Have to Google it.
     
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  9. Bill Curtis

    Bill Curtis Well-Known Member

    533
    Mar 24, 2022
    Ahoskie, NC
    '95 220 Overnighter
    454 Mag Bravo3
    My last Eagle Trailer for a 25.5' Chaparral had the angled uprights, no lights. I liked them.
    The Eagle Trailer for current 22.5' SR has some factory mounted guides that different. Certainly not cheap. See signature pic
     
  10. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 26, 2008
    Highland Village, TX/Port Richey, FL
    SOLD 2005 420 DA w/T-8.1S Horizons
    2018 Sea Hunt 255se w/Yamaha 300hp
    My friend, who I help launch his boat frequently, has guide poles that are angled outwards. I don't like that at all. It adds overall width to the trailer and that width is high and often out of sight of the mirrors so you have to be careful not to catch a tree limb, sign post, or ???
     
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  11. boatrboy

    boatrboy Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    Orange, CT
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Horizons with V-Drives
    My last boat I used the straight poles with pvc pipes. My issues was if the wind took it into the poles, they would bend at the base because of such a long moment arm. I always walked it onto the trailer anyway and used the poles to give me a visual of how centered I was.

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  12. KrazyKarl

    KrazyKarl Member

    43
    Jun 26, 2022
    1999 190CC Sea Ray
    4.3L Alpha (190 PHP) MCM stern drive
    The public ramp I put in at has a swirl in the current right at the ramp & along with heavy waves from other boats it's hard to hit it right. The current runs from left to right until you get to about 20 to 30 ft out then it runs from left to right & with the other large boats going by the waves will push you in an odd direction no matter what speed you are going.(with in reason) They have talked about making the area at the ramp a no wake zone but it just talk.
     

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