Trailer question

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by Rhenn, May 9, 2014.

  1. Rhenn

    Rhenn I Love microskiff.com!

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    While looking at the boats on this and other sites, I notice that they seem to have a long space between the winch and the trailer tongue. I would imagine that this would affect the tongue weight to the point that there would not be enough weight on the tongue to keep the trailer from swaying when being towed.
    Is this normal for a flats boat?
     
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Tongue weight should be between 10 and 15% of the total trailer/load weight.
    Sometimes it's necessary to shift axle(s), hull position in order to obtain that weight.
    Sometimes it's as easy as moving gear in the boat fore or aft.
     

  3. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    Also if the winch is too close to the vehicle it can impede functionality. I like to be able to put my tailgate down when the trailer is hooked up. I also like to be able to jacknife the trailer in tight parking.

    Also the further back the tires are from the tongue the easier the trailer handles.