Trailer winch adjustment

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by suvtillerdriver, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. suvtillerdriver

    suvtillerdriver 2015 SUV 17

    I want to adjust the winch down so I don't damage my hull anymore. Is it ok to move the roller below the connection point to the hull? there is plenty of room to adjust it down, will it cause any problems?


    This picture shows the damage to the hull, minor but I don't want it to get worse. Is there a link to a message on this forum for how to fix it?

  2. tomahawk

    tomahawk Well-Known Member

    Thats a weird looking setup to me. Usually the bow stop stands off from the winch post a good bit. You can buy or make a bracket to space it away from the post.

    If you don't have a good trailer place around you, I have used etrailer on the net.

  3. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    The winch strap, from the top of the wrap through the centerline of the eye,
    should be parallel to the frame of the trailer. This will not create any lift or download
    on the keel of the hull where it rests on the trailer. This will prevent hogging of the hull.

    I don't think the roller has caused the chipping or scratching of the gel-coat.
    That looks like docking damage to me, either caused by bumping into a pier
    or coming into the rear of the trailer when retrieving.
  4. suvtillerdriver

    suvtillerdriver 2015 SUV 17

    Thanks for the info. It looks like I have enough room slide the winch down to clear the bow attach point and still have the strap run parallel to the trailer. Its hard to believe that I damaged the gel-coat the one time I had the boat near a pier. I never run onto the trailer, I pull it on by hand/rope then attach the winch and winch it in the rest of the way.
    Do I need to put something on the damage to keep it from getting worse or do I just avoid anything from contacting that area?
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