Re: [OMC-Boats] Captain Hook

From: BLDFW <bldfw@...>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2010 08:22:33 -0800 (PST)

On my boat, I didn't like the way the side rollers were indenting the hull and given how much a two axle trailer can hop around under bad road conditions, I didn't want to further exacerbate an already questionable condition so I opted to install carpeted bunks in lieu of rollers.  The boat centers itself usually before I'm at the top of the ramp.

Dallas, TX
1970 Evinrude Explorer - 155 Buick V6 - OMC Sterndrive

--- On Tue, 3/9/10, Lks@... <lks@...> wrote:

From: Lks@... <lks@...>
Subject: Re: [OMC-Boats] Captain Hook
To: "Evinrude & Johnson Boats of the 1960's and 70's" <>
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 9:47 AM

I don't want to start a raging debate over bunks vs rollers. Each have their pros and cons and are influenced by regional ramp conditions.

What I have observed is this: Look at the specific locations where your OMC boat is supported when sitting on it's trailer. Typically you want decent lengthwise support under the weight of the engine (on sterndrives) stringers. The factory trailers support the keel and the rear transom only.

Pn the factory trailers OMC boats had to sit above the tire/wheel/fender. This made tilting and rolling more practical than more modern bunked designs that facilitate off-floating more easily.

I don't think we've collected enough info as a group to know if we've experienced the dreaded hook.

Lee K. Shuster

On Mar 7, 2010, at 12:29 AM, Peter Crowl <finboats@...> wrote:

> I awoke to a nasty head cold and was good for nothing all day - except noodling around the 'net. Something I read on Lee's site in the OMC Trailers section caught my eye .. "relatively poor hull support via minimum roller coverage"
> I'm well aware of hull damage that results from a boat sitting improperly supported  on a trailer or lift. IME rollers are worse at causing damage than bunks.
> Is this a problem on the OMC hulls or are they so well built that it isn't much of an issue?
> Is it more prevalent on factory trailers vs aftermarket  - or vice versa - or the same?  If deflection has occurred in your hull have you been able to correct it?
> Since I'm in the shopping phase of this journey any input will be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks!
> Peter
> With a head full of Benedryl
> in Denver
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