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    Default Bow push plate

    Well I stole this idea from Bkmail. Canít wait to give it a try next time we head out deer hunting. Should help center up the bow on the trailer nicely. Now time to weld up some rear trailer guide ons.




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    I like ot


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    Nice job Rob, that will get you squared up nicely when loading up the boat.
    Add the load bunks and you wont care if its blowing, makes life much easier at the dock.
    Very nice!
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    Looking good! It's not gonna grab or crush your rope locker drain clamshell is it?


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    Dang, you saw that too? Yeah, I'm curious to see how it does on the first recovery. If it does, I'll rework my angles and weld it back up.
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    It definitely will crush the clamshell.

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    Rob,
    That clamshell looks much too shiny anyways...

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    LOL No kidding. Might grind it off if I can't figure outa way to reposition the bow catch

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    That clamshell looks much too shiny anyways...
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    Oh, and spacers on the cross bolts or it may cave in.


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    I like the idea, but loading my river boat in current off a beach on the river this would not work very well. The ocean boat at a ramp in a harbor is different. In strong cross winds I'd be concerned about the out side ends of the V and getting blown onto one of those sharp edges. The thickness of the bumpers might be on the thin side to hold up to to the sharp keel extrusion and missing by a inch or two. I know the guys at Deep Creek use a beefed up version and hit them at a good speed. I still think your onto a good idea. If you make changes keep us posted I'm interested, I'll have to check out what Brian has done. Bunk guides and or roller guides are on my list for the ocean boat trailer this spring. Post what you end up for guides please.

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    10' long guide on bunks on the ocean boat line you up to hit the bow push plate almost dead center. Between these two add on's even a blind guy can load the boat successfully at the dock.
    The push plate has uhmw bolted down so the keel of the boats slides right into the pocket lining up the bow hook.

    We have multiple boats that we have fabricated these for. All with great results at the tractor launch in deep creek.

    AktoAz, There are thru bolts under the trailer frame, just as you see the 2 above the trailer frame in the pic. These sandwich the trailer beam between the two vertical supports, you can't collapse it.

    Its a very simple and sturdy design that works.
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    Once I️ grind down the clam shell just a tab she should slide on and off just fine. Last weekend I️ welded up the guide ones like BK was talking about. Turned out great I️ think.


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    Thanks for posting the pics. This is pretty much what I planned to do only longer because I have a 3 axle trailer, 12'-14'.

    Looks like you only have 1 clam shell and hole draining your anchor locker, I'd just grind it off, I've got plain holes one on each side but further back in the anchor locker, they work fine without a clam shell.

    When I get back to AK in a couple weeks I'm going to look at using the push plate idea on my trailer. For the past 7 years I have loaded without guides or push plate etc. What was I thinking?

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