New bunk carpet......WTF?

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by firecat1981, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    So I just got this new trailer and yesterday morning we swapped my boat to it, I drive it on to the trailer and it didn't go far, my old bunks covered in indoor outdoor carpet slid right up. Then I star winching it up and holy crap it was hard. I used all of arms power to crank it up where I needed it.
    Then we go to launch at Williams park and I had to practically dunk the whole trailer and push it 3/4 the way off to get the boat free.

    I know that the marine bunk carpet is supposed to help keep things in place, but I didn't know it did it to this extreme. I'm toying with the idea of rebuilding my bunks with indoor/outdoor carpet from home depot like I did my last 2 sets. either that Or soak them with silicone spray or something. I want the carpet to do it's job, but I'd like it to be easier to launch and retrieve.
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <


    Heck of a lot cheaper than any spray or polymer slick... ;)

    And the existing carpet will work just fine,
    rub the wax in the next time the boat's off the trailer.


  3. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    hmmm, where would one purchase this miracle product?
  4. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Canning section of the grocery store.
    Non-toxic, food quality paraffin wax.
    I found it at the local Wynn-Dixie.

    Then there's a bunch of pictures and nuts and bolts
    and reloading the hull on the trailer....and finally

  5. Gramps

    Gramps Living &amp; Dying in 3/4 Time

    I took Brett's recommendation and it works wonders, very easy to load and unload now. Publix does not carry the wax or I'm just half blind, I found it at Wynn Dixie also.
  6. mark_gardner

    mark_gardner I Love!

    can one expect the carpet to last longer by using this wax you boys speak of ? :)
  7. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Wax cuts friction.
    Less friction means less wear and tear on the carpet.
    The wax also penetrates the carpet and the carpet backing
    thereby slowing deterioration of the fibers, resulting in longer usable lifespan.

  8. evanslmtd

    evanslmtd Well-Known Member

    What Gramps said X2.
    When I extended and recovered my bunks, the boat was a bear to get on and off the trailer. I used the wax as Brett recommended, and it's much better now. If it ever warms up here and the Sun comes out again, I'll put the boat in the water and re-wax the carpet so it should work even better.
  9. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    I bought some wax today from walmart, I'll probably use it next monday when I hope to hit FT D
  10. Yoreese

    Yoreese I Love!

    Is the wax better than "Liquid Rollers"?
  11. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Let me put it this way...

    Failure to keep a safety chain on the bow eye
    while backing the trailer down the ramp,
    will result in a premature launch onto the ramp surface.


    Wax is also a heck of a lot safer than Liquid Rollers!

    Read the warnings on the MSDS sheet... :eek:
  12. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    it also resulted in me hugging my bow as the boat slipped off into the water before I could jump on it :eek:
  13. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    What? No dockline attached to the bow cleat before launching?

    Bad firecat! No donut! ;) ;D
  14. mark_gardner

    mark_gardner I Love!

    i've done that ;D
  15. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    Hey I did have a bow line, I just wasn't holding it cause I'd gotten used to using all my might to push my skiff off the new carpet. I leaned on it to get my balance and the boat went shooting off the slicked trailer and I went flying throught the air and grabbed the bow, but missed the line. So I hugged the bow as my skiff slowly dragged me into the water.
  16. Lowroad

    Lowroad Well-Known Member

    Plain old silicone spray works well, 1 coat lasts a season.
  17. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Checked the MSDS on the food grade silicon spray

    again, I'll stick with canning wax... ;)

    All of the spray lubes are fairly toxic,
    either because of the propellant,
    or the lubricant's chemical components.
  18. Strike_III

    Strike_III Well-Known Member

    I just use a bar of bathroom soap....I like Irish Spring...leaves my trailer smelling of springtime.
  19. noeettica

    noeettica Well-Known Member

    Holy Crap ! PAM is DEADLY !!! Noy sure why ... Don't Breath the Chit ...
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