Hey everyone. So I picked up a used trailer for my dory that I am going to have to modify some to make it work. Price was right, so I am going to make this work. Plus, decent drift boat trailers are VERY tough to find here in Southern Nevada...
Because the distance between the fenders is perfect width for the bottom of the boat (50"), I am going to have to build some elevated bunks so the flair of the sides clears the fenders (have 8" from bottom frame to top of fenders, existing rollers sit 3" high), and probably need about 5-6" of added clearance on the height side. This is no problem with a few 6x6 (or maybe 4x4) runners, my question really centers around the rollers the trailer came with. While these are for jet skis, I was wondering what you all thought as far as using these as bottom rollers instead of a big full-width roller system? Do you think the numerous, point loads of the individual rollers would cause any damage to the bottom of the boat, or do you think they would evenly distribute the weight and make it east to roll on/off the trailer? I will likely also put a single full-width roller on the very back of the trailer to help guide the boat onto the vertical rollers.
Just for more info/full disclosure: The bottom of the boat (exterior) is (1) layer of 25oz Biax with a 6oz mat, 8 oz Xynole, topped with a layer of 18oz (90/90) glass, (2) flow coats of graphite-laced epoxy over that.
Any thoughts on this?
The rows of wheels are flat so that wont match the rocker of the boat,I'd say get rid of the wheels and build just like a normal drift boat trailer.Theres a reason all drift boat trailers have the same design,it just works.
You just have to work out where the boats final position will be,too far forward and the tongue weight is too much to man handle,too far back and it rattles on the hitch ball on rough roads.
Your bottom layup sounds stout,normally you don't use matt with epoxy but i'll bet the final thickness is large.Should take a good beating.
The bottom of the boat is very flat in the middle (it's a Briggs), hence the very sturdy bottom layup. It's got to stay intact in GC. It is very much a whitewater boat. Thanks for the thoughts.