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Old 03-24-2004, 05:52 PM
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I posted this on another thread but didn't get any response so I thought I would try again....I have been told by a few people that if you leave a boat sitting on a lift with some of the transom hanging off, that you run the risk of having the boat develop a "hook" I have recently modified my boat lift to accommodate the stepped hull and have the transom now flush with the back of the bunks...the balance seems to be close as the cable tension is about the same front to rear.....Is there any truth to this.....can you "warp" the hull leaving some of it unsupported?????
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Anybody else want to chime in here??
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Old 03-24-2004, 10:47 PM
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Fever Mike is absolutely correct. Bunks should go at least 3-4" past transom to be ideal. If you didn't do this it would slowly cause a hook in the end of boat.

Same reasoning that roller trailers are made for anything but fiberglass boats.
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I have heard the same thing. I'm planning on buying a Hydro Hoist and putting bunks on similar to my trailer. Way too much money involved to risk the boats bottom.
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Heard of it, but never seen it happen.

One thought though, if the bunks are directly under the stringers that support the motors, is it all that important to go to the transom?
Either way, it isn't worth the risk. When I bought my lift last year, I installed 2 extra full length bunks for 4 total to match the bunk setup on my trailer. Full support!
I sleep easier now.
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How about a top name brand trailer that does have bunks go past the transom BUT has strap spaces along the hull so a lifting strap can go through?

I hope that part isn't that critical.
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That's how my Eagle is.
If a foot of nonsupport for the lifting straps can damage a hull, I don't think I would want to be on that boat in the water. Am I following you?
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US1,
Excactly. I was just hoping that's one less thing I can worry about.
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