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Old 04-09-2012, 08:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, so the trailer need new carpet on the bunks. What is the best route to go about this?? Was thinking about taking the boat to the lake and launching the working on it in the lot, but the closest water is 30 minutes one way and it would be a massive PITA if I needed something from town.

My current thought is to use a floor jack and just leave the boat above the trailer? The bottom of the boat is flat, will use a 2x8 or so to spread the weight out.

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Though number one...that's how I've done it before...I just made new bunks with the holes pre-drilled and the carpet already on the bunks and then swapped them out at the lake...It only takes a few minutes..
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Jack up one side of the boat high enough to replace or repair the boards on that side. Lower it down and repeat on the other side.
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Jack up one side of the boat high enough to replace or repair the boards on that side. Lower it down and repeat on the other side.
Any safe way to jack up the boat? Not sure of any jack points... just near transom?
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E Z way to jack your boat off the trailer
1 lower your toung jack as far as it will go
2 block your transom up as tight as you can, i use concrete blocks and 4x4s
3 now raise your toung jack as high as it will go
4 block your boat in front of the centerline that will free the boat from the trailer when you lower the toung jack.

be sure to remove any tie downs first. if you want to pull your trailer out from under your boat. make sure your front blocks are wider than your wheels. if you need to go higher, raise your toung jack to the top and block under the wheel with 4x4s and repeat 1-4 when i do this i nail a tuna can to the 4x4 on top to keep the trailor from rolling. after lowering your boat on blocks you can take the trailer out and work on it
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Definitely some Darwin Award possibilities here.



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Isnt it easier to just do what I did to recarpet existing bunks...

Tools needed Razorblade knife, staple gun, pliers and flat blade screw driver. Maybe some sockets and wrenches in case you need to tighten any bunk bolts and nuts.

Take your boat to the lake...

Remove boat from trailer by launching and beach the boat...

Tear off carpet and remove any existing staples with flat screwdriver and pliers.

Cut carpet to bunk size and stable on...

Go fishing in boat...

Put boat back on trailer and go home...
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Isnt it easier to just do what I did to recarpet existing bunks...

Tools needed Razorblade knife, staple gun, pliers and flat blade screw driver. Maybe some sockets and wrenches in case you need to tighten any bunk bolts and nuts.

Take your boat to the lake...

Remove boat from trailer by launching and beach the boat...

Tear off carpet and remove any existing staples with flat screwdriver and pliers.

Cut carpet to bunk size and stable on...

Go fishing in boat...

Put boat back on trailer and go home...
I did something similar but with a few different approaches.

I had to do it twice because I accidentally bought the green chemical treated lumber which is now no longer good for aluminum boats. So buy Ceder in the appropriate length and width.

Recarpet the bunk in your garage using stainless steel staples and if you want to, use glue under the carpet to help attach it to the wood.

Then launch the boat (I had my wife hang out in boat so I didnít have to beach it).

Take off old bunks.

Clamp new bunks on, drill holes for lag bolts, bolt new bunks to bracket.

Take a piss.

Go fishing. 
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Z, where can one beach a boat?
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Aurora, Chatfield south ramp, LoneTree, Carter, most lakes if you think about the boat ramp where it isnt rocky and parking is near by where I can keep my eye on my boat.
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