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    Teflon bunk skids
from Jeff (205.188.199.182)  
4/29/2002 6:22:00 AM

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 Has anyone had any experience with the teflon bunk skids that you screw to your carpeted bunks? Do they work well, and do they leave marks on your boat.


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   Jeff, Be very careful where you position those on your from Don Neidig  4/29/2002 7:25:00 AM
 trailer. If you stop and think about where your boat slides on the trailer. It only makes contact with the upper/forward half of the trailer. When you back in the trailer drops out from under the rear of the boat and the same is true when putting the boat back on the trailer. It only slides on the front half as the back half is down below. Now if you put those slides under the back half of the boat, the only thing that will happen is that you will drop your boat in the middle of the ramp. Think about it ! !


   Bunk Pads from Kylaker (165.139.179.1)  4/29/2002 8:12:00 AM
 I have used these pads. Due to the steep ramp where I launch, I thought these pads would be beneficial. They worked well. But!!! Even though they were installed per instructions, they chewed through the gel coat of my new boat. It seems that during trailering the boat vibrated, slid around ever so slightly and not only marred the finish but did $1000+ damage. I contacted the manufactor of the pads and sent them pictures of the hull. They contacted the repair center to verify. They refused to pay the entire bill but I did receive a check for $500. Live and learn I guess. Fortunately, I had to send the boat to Champion for an unrelated problem. I decided to have them fix the hull while it was there. They did a beautiful job and fixed the hull at no cost. They stated they did this to compensate for the other problem I had. Long Live Champion!


   Don't Do It Jeff..........You'll be sorry..................... from Kelly (64.196.4.13)  4/29/2002 10:25:00 AM
 I'm telling you friend, a buddy of mine bought these and when they wore a little the stainless steel screw heads that we installed them with ate right into his gelcoat and fiberglass and we didn't even know it. They are a no-no in my book. Instead, spray your bunks with silicone spray. One word of caution though, don't unstrap your boat's bow eye until you are at the bottom of the ramp ready to drop her in the water.

Lipem' And Leavem'

Kelly


   Wet the bunks. from Alex from GA  4/29/2002 10:32:00 AM
 Back the trailer in until the bunks are all wet then pull forward the right distance. The boat will slide on and off much easier.


   Kylaker your in luck.... from John in Tennessee  4/29/2002 2:00:00 PM
 It was reborn.....:) What part of the lake do you fish?


   John from Kylaker (165.139.179.1)  4/29/2002 3:01:00 PM
 John, I have a cabin/summer home in Cypress bay (62.6 lake marker). We've been down there since 1989. We also have the weeds again in our part of the lake. Hope the TVA does not kill them again. GOOD FISHING!


   Was just looking at these.... from blifsey (168.26.241.109)  4/29/2002 3:31:00 PM
 at BPS this weekend. I wondered about them having a narrower support area than the trailer bunks. They were much narrower than I had thought based on photos in catalog. I believe the package said to place 2 side by side for larger boats, but that is still a narrower support area. Plus, wouldn't that do twice as much damage? I passed on them deciding to use silicon spray instead. Now all I got to do is get the wife to pick the boat up while I spray down the bunks :-) Seriously, the only way I can think to do this is to spray them down while at the lake, just before loading.

BL...


   I took other advice. from Dougie (12.82.249.89)  4/29/2002 4:35:00 PM
 Somewhere on here I read a suggestion that I WAX my boat runners to improve boat retrieval. I took the suggestion and while at the ramp, I opened a new can of Johnson's Paste Wax and using a sponge, spread a bit on all runners. It was soft from the heat of being stored in the vehicle. I probably used 1/2 of a can.

Yep, it looked messy and yellow on the top of the bunks, but on my first recovery, I almost drove the boat into the back of the truck. Seriously, IT JUMPED on the trailer... It was SLICK. After perhaps 10 launches, it's lost its slickness yet the color of the wax is still visible on the tops of my bunks. Perhaps a clear liquid wax would do just as well and not discolor anything.

I'm not SO ANAL that this bothers me. It doesn't show when the boat is on the trailer, only parked out in the lot. IF YOU ARE THE LEAST BIT EMBARRASED by other than pristine looking bunk carpet, don't do this....Continue using a silicone spray I guess.

As for me, I'm about to REWAX EM.... I looked at the bottom of the boat (It's black) and I saw some shine from the wax had transferred to the fiberglass in a line with the bunk.

It's no biggie, but now I can retrieve my boat with dunking the trailer so far....The vehicle is perhaps a foot further up the ramp.

Thanks to whoever made the suggestion.


   Pure Silicone --?! OUCH! from The Rookster   4/30/2002 12:28:00 AM
 Did I ever mention the time in the 80's when I used Pure Silicone on my carpeted bunks.

Removed the winch strap the next time like I always used to do, the darn boat slid right off the trailer right onto the launch ramp. Dah?????

I learned real fast just how heavy a bass boat is sitting on concrete about 4 feet from the waters edge.

Embarrassing --- and expensive --- to say the least...

My only advise is to be VERY CAREFUL LAUNCHING if you add any type of slick stuff to your trailer bunks.... You read above how it affects loading...


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