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RL28 Trailer Modifications - Kingsley & Kay White
Kay and I don't have a problem launching or recovering Rings-n-things even
in strong cross winds because of two additions we have made to the trailer.
We don't tilt the trailer but immerse it only untill the rear roller is
level with the water. This also has the advantage that the rear axle
wheelbearings are not normally immersed. The rear roller [see photos] is
made up of a group of 4 pivoting flat rollers with 2 vertical ball rollers
mounted on a common pivoting frame. The 4 flat rollers are needed to take
the weight of the boat as it comes onto the trailer. The round vertical
rollers guide the boat as well as stopping it from slipping sideways off the
horizontal rollers. We find that once the boat is 1 meter onto the trailer
the pull of the winch will be all that is needed to keep it centralised on
We also fitted a four wheel drive type electric winch low down on the front
of the trailer with a turning block on the trailer post to bring the cable
up to the right height for recovering. With the winch in this low position
we can also run the cable under the boat which is then attached to a rope
which goes around another turning block mounted on the rear cross rail of
the trailer. The rope then returns back to the recovery "U" bolt on the
front of the boat and a loop in the rope is dropped over it. This allows the
rope to just fall off as the launching takes place.
This may sound a complicated but in use it is very easy to use and most
importantly the boat is always under control.