Trailer Help!

I have an older trailer that I use for dry sailing my FS. The trailer is 15 years old and in great condition, but I have trouble centering my FS on the trailer. I can't get the center lined up on all of the rollers. There must be some technique or additional centering equipment/methods that can help get my FS centered on the trailer. Any advice would be appreciated. TKS Andy FS4957

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If the boat won't center: 1 Use a stern line to keep the

If the boat won't center: 1 Use a stern line to keep the stern under control. 2 Try backing the trailer into the water less deep, if the boat is winching out of the water onto the trailer, it tends to stay straight. If it is floating onto the trailer, it can go all over the place while you crank the winch. Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

I agree here.

I agree here. My trailer is also quite old but if the first roller is barely under water, the bow snugs tight between the roller guides and the comes straight up the roller. the trick of course is keeping the boat moving so wind does not push it off. It does not have to move fast though. The stern line helps with this as suggested before. M Jones

Thank you for your advice.

Thank you for your advice. My first roller - that is the roller at the end of the trailer is deep in the water. The next roller moving forward is just above the water's surface. From what your are telling me, I have the trailer too deep. So, the rear roller should be at water level [?] Also, I usually have a boom tent cover on and the boat is moving more with the wind. I guess I should wait and cover the Scot after it is on the trailer.

the best solution is to get the trailer goal posts from West Mar

the best solution is to get the trailer goal posts from West Marine. They will center the boat without any problems every time. best 60 bucks I have spent on my scot. They bolt on the trailer rails in about 15 minutes

quote:[i]Originally posted by Andy Carrier[/i] [br]Thank you fo

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[i]Originally posted by Andy Carrier[/i] [br]Thank you for your advice. My first roller - that is the roller at the end of the trailer is deep in the water. The next roller moving forward is just above the water's surface. From what your are telling me, I have the trailer too deep. So, the rear roller should be at water level [?]
Yes, the roller is just at the water line. On the Trailex aluminum trailer this means that you stop just before the hubs of the wheels are about to touch the water. Hubs are easier to see in the rear view mirror than the roller at the end of the trailer. Besides it's best to keep the hubs dry.

Claus FS5074 Ames, IA

Thank you for the info - very helpful!

Thank you for the info - very helpful!

I've got the Tee Nee trailer and had the roller set at the water

I've got the Tee Nee trailer and had the roller set at the water line, but still had a very difficult time centering the boat our fist time out. Very frustrating...had to make several attemps and ultimately ended up having to nudge the boat a bit to get her to sit centered. Actually, in our case we had to back the trailer further into the water, too. Maybe there is something "off" with the rollers...not sure. The goal posts might work. Got a model # for these...I'd like to check them out?

I have made modifications to my trailer that I believe may help

I have made modifications to my trailer that I believe may help you. I single hand often and also have to get the boat back on the trailer in wind >15mph, so it was critical for me to make this task as easy as possible. The goalposts are a must - I also welded a tap on each post to attach an additional roller on the backside (the side facing the incoming boat). With this I can basically drift sideways against the trailer, hook on the winchcable and winch the boat on the trailer. The goalpost and its two rollers per side do a nice job avoiding any scratches from the taillights. To the point of the rollers - I back the trailer far enough into the water where the steern roller is just underwater (coincides with the license plate top being level with the water). I have asked the forum administrator to add some pics for me.[ed. done]. Carsten FS2711

Nice looking Scot.

Nice looking Scot. I was thinking about adding additional bunk boards to center my FS. I like the idea of dual rollers with the lights mounted on the goal posts. Did you have to add additional support to gain the offset for the goal posts? Andy FS4957

The offsets are mounted directly to the trailer frame (approx.

The offsets are mounted directly to the trailer frame (approx. 16" long - I would have to measure to give you an exact dimension). It's 2" square tubing, probably something you could buy at a local machine shop. In my case the offsets and goalposts were already installed, I just added the additional rollers. Check trailerpartsdepot.com - they have some guide on solutions and offer very good pricing.

Thank you.

Thank you. I took some rough measurements from my Cooper trailer and I need about 16" of offset. The rollers and bunk boards that I have been looking at (Cabellas and Overtons)come with a 13" offset. Thanks for the advice. Andy FS4957