Hello, so last fall I purchased a cheap 1986 - 272 LS Formula on a Load Rite trailer. Trailer looks like it was originally set up for a longer boat, I would guess a 30' from how much the front post was moved back. I am looking to reset it up and wanted to get some feedback from those with more experience.
First, how far should the transom be from the first roller? closer the better or should there be a 6" overhang? Right now I am pretty close.
second question is: How far back should I move the front roller carriage? right now it is way too far forward from the looks of it. The rollers are hitting the strakes and there is a substantial support gap between the front and rear roller sets.
If you look at the pictures, the whole boat needs to be lifted and shifted to the port a few inches as it is off center. This will make the port side rollers slightly better at being on or over the strakes, but not much. The first picture is from the front showing the off center, the next three pictures are of the port side and the last picture is the starboard side. To me, it looks like the whole carraige needs to move back about 3 to 4 feet, but is that too much? the span of the first four rollers (out of 8) is 3' for comparison.
After moving the front set back that far, i am looking at adding a keel roller where the cross bracing is for the front tongue piece.
Also, what are the benefits of roller over bunks anyways? Is it just easier to move the boat on the trailer with the winch and to be able to let it roll off the trailer instead of having to have it float all the way off?
Any help or guidance is greatly appreciated.
(link to my build thread in the formula section just incase anyone is interested)
My new project - 86 - 272 LS