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The trailer for my boat, Windsong 124, appears to be made as per the trailer drawings on this site. The problem is that the winch post is connected to the upper section of the tilt, as a consequence when the trailer tilts; the winch is about 2 metres in the air. The trailers I have looked at on trailer sailers in the local sailing club have the winch post attached to the draw bar. I was thinking of extending the drawbar by about 40cm and fitting the winch post to it. Has anyone had any experience with this?
Geoff Cartner 5-Jul-2013    Edit    Delete 
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Hi Geoff, I have attached a photo of my boat on the trailer. This trailer is set up very well and is easy to launch and retrieve without putting the hubs in the water. It wasn't always like this I have altered a few things to make it more user friendly. My winch post was always on the main draw bar and not on the "A" frame so yes I have always been able to reach it. Not sure on your exact setup but the winch post on the drawbar, if you intend to use the tilt is a must. I have made a new drawbar section on my trailer mainly because I tow with a Nissan Patrol and I could never open the main rear door. I extended my drawbar by about 240mm and made it out of heavier walled box section so I didn't have to brace it. I was also able to add some metal to the sides of the new draw bar and make the tilt mechanism a tighter fit which has made the trailer track straighter on the road, the old one had become very sloppy Hope this helps, if you have any other questions or need more pics shoot me an email and I will try to help.
Darryn 7-Jul-2013    Edit    Delete 
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Bit off thread. Planning a refurb on boat and trailer in the next twelve months. What thoughts are there on converting the basic single axle to a tandem for redundancy on longer trips ?
John Heddles 7-Jul-2013    Edit    Delete 
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John, never been a fan of tandem under a RL but I generally only use my boat for racing, although we travel a bit for national championships where a fair bit of gear gets loaded in. The single axle is usually enough provided you don't overload your boat. Adding another axle adds more weight to the trailer, around 200-250Kgs. It also prevents the tilt mechanism from tilting properly which usually means you need to put the trailer deeper into the water at the ramp causing the hubs to go under. This will mean more maintenance on brakes and bearings. I would carry an extra spare to cover the redundancy.
darryn 8-Jul-2013    Edit    Delete 
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Was looking at incorporating a small hydraulic assist for the tilt .. dual spare noted.
John Heddles 8-Jul-2013    Edit    Delete 

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