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BOW STOP ISSUES

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Guys, I have been struggling to get my boat off the trailer without the bowstem hanging up and forcing me to do monkey manuvers to 'lift' it over the bow stop in order to release it. Also when loading; unless I juice it to jump bowstem over stop; it smashes into bow tip. Anyway, time is tight & I need to fix the prob. Should I lower the bow stop to where the eye sits on top the roller; or should I raise the front of my boards to lift the bow up some? Right now the eye is settled perfectly below the roller; but the bow always hangs up when launching. Pics included of current set up. Thanks, sorry for post in reports section, but figured I would get a few hits here.
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You are saying the point of your bow is hanging up? Am I understanding that right?

Your setup looks exactly like mine and I have had none of these problems. hmmm. Sounds like the stern of your boat is rising up causing the front to go lower.

Might be able to solve the issue on most launches by not backing the trailer in as far. Stopping just prior to the boat floating off the trailer. Then use the motor to back the boat off the trailer.

Change in setup might be needed if you are on a real steep ramp. Also backing further in on might work on ramps that are very flat.
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   rangerz
I had the same problem with my 21 ft. bay boat. I bought a spring loaded front roller bracket. Worked great,when you launch the front roller goes down then pops up after the boat clears
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Mike Guerin is correct, sounds like you are backing in too far causing the bow of your boat to drop down below your trailer roller.

1. You do not want to rig your boat/trailer with the bow stop above the trailer stop roller. You could end up with your boat inside of your truck bed if you have to break hard or your bow may bounce up and down while on the road.

2. You could try adding Plastic slides on top of your bunk boards. They do not cost much and work quite well. You could also try some silicone spray on the bunk boards to help slide it off and on the trailer. Be carefull with these two your boat may want to come off faster than you want it to.

3. Do not back in as far and power off like Mike suggested.

I had a similar problem with a bow heavy boat and had to shorten the front of my bunks and add a roller to get it on and off my trailer.
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I had a problem like yours , the anchor davant would get hung up on the bow stop when going off the trailer and when picking up the bow was too low and didn't align with the bow stop , I made the roller bracket in the pic and it hits the right spot every time running the boat up under power
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   GADWALL
I think I just need to tinker around with the optimal trailer depth when launching. I agree that I believe I am stabbing too deep and probably should try a lil shallower next time out. If the rear end is slightly boyant; I should be able to goose it in reverse and suck the stern down, thus lifting the bow. I have never had and issues with other rigs and I honestly only got this one on the water about 10 times after picking her up last spring. Its sad; I have a nice rig finally, but don't have much free time with 2 kids involved in sports and what not. Oh well, hopefully I can squeeze is a few trips between tournaments! Thanks guys.
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i think mike is right too!!! if the point of the bow is dropping that much and getting stuck on the roller, you have to be backing way to far in the water!!! good luck and let us know what the problem was!!
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   BIRD DOG
YOu may also need to raise the boards just a little in the front.Chk to see if they are holding the boats weight properly the whole length of the boat
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   GADWALL
I was thinking that raising the front boards might solve the problem too. I may do that the next time I dunk her; I don't believe it will hurt anything (I may need to move my bow stop up slightly to have eye meet precisely).
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When adjusting anything on the trailer do it to match up to the boat and don't match the boats position to the adjusted trailer. The boat needs to be on the trailer in a certain position to provide the proper amount of weight to the tongue of the trailer. To little weight or to much weight on the tongue of the trailer is dangerous.
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   GADWALL
I believe all I really need to do is add filler blocks to close the gap under the lip. I ain't crazy about drilling holes; but I know this would work. The boat would possibly hang up slightly, but it would slip off easily compared to me getting out the boat and lifting it over the roller that is lodged in the lip.
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   Jacko
The guys are right. The only adjustment needed is to not back the trailer up so far. On some ramps or tides you may find you have to lower the trailer to the point of causing this problem to get most of the boat on the trailer, then after strapping the boat to the trailer pull the trailer up a couple feet so the boat can clear the trailer. The need for this 2 step process is rare, but sometimes required for bigger boats.
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   yankee57
i cant tell you how to fix your problem but,i can tell you i have the same problem.i watch the bow when i back the rig into the water and i stop just before the bow eye gets to where it will catch on the roller.then i cant power the boat off the trailer.i have a 22ft. skeeter and it is a heave boat.i even bought a new trailer for it.while it is a little easier to launch from i still have the same problem.im going to move the winch stand forward on mine when i launch from now on.its the only way i can see to launch easily.i will say,however that if you back the boat in really deep the bow eye will eventually float above the roller.it just depends on how long the concrete on the ramp is.good luck.
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Agree, had same problem with a Carolina skiff. I sprayed the boards with some carpet lubricant. Now I dont back up as far, but have the boat in the water some, un hook winch and boat will slide right n water. No need for climbing in a boat on a slant (slip hazard), motoring off trailer and holding up the launch longer for others. Get it all done standing n one spot except to tie it to dock. Works for me and seems to be faster, that way u can come back and warm your motor up. Just don't unhook boat till u back up in the water if you do use the board lubricant.
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   Baker1376
Could you tell me who has the spring loaded roller.
I had one on a 1991 hydra sport and loved it but can't find the setup to add to my 2020 nitro.
Dang thing hits the front, changing ramps all the time makes it very difficult when alone and I never had this issue on my other boat.
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