BOTTOM COVERS

I HEARD THERE WERE A COUPLE OF GOOD WAYS TO PUT ON THE BOTTOMN COVER WITHOUT LIFTING THE BOAT OFF OF THE TRAILOR. ANY INFO OUT THERE?

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Yes, it is called the step-ladder method… 1) Secure the trail

Yes, it is called the step-ladder method… 1) Secure the trailer from travelling, but do not connect it to your car. 2) Secure the bow with the winch. 3) Lower your trailer jack in the lowest position. 4) Place and secure the cover from the stern towards the bow till you hit your trailer. 5) Place a step-ladder under the boat and cover as close as possible to the end of the trailer. 6) Jack up the trailer till the boat “floats” above the trailer. The boat rest between the V bow stop and the step ladder! 7) Pull the remaining cover up-to-the bow 8) Lower the jack 9) Pull the cover over the bow 10) Done! brgds, Hans

Another easier method, once you have done the initial prep: I

Another easier method, once you have done the initial prep: I have a Sailor's Tailor standard bottom cover. Basically I cut small holes in it to allow the trailer rollers to poke thru so they can roll as the boat is pulled out of the water onto the cover/trailor combo. After lifting the Scot off with a hoist at a regatta, I took a Magic Marker and marked where the holes were required....4 holes on my Tee-Nee trailer. I also marked around the trailer bunks for placement purposes. I then took the cover to a canvas maker and had her reinforce the area around the 4 new holes. I apply McLube or WD-40 to the part of the cover over the trailer bunks to allow the Scot to slide over them easily. This works so well that the boat will slide off on it's own after I release the bow line. So when recovering the boat on a ramp, I make sure the marks line up on the bunks and that all 4 rollers are poking completely thru the cover. I roll up the aft end of the cover over the aft frame of the trailer. Pull the boat out using the trailer winch. After towing the boat to the parking lot, it can be hosed off as the water will flow out the new holes. The aft end is then pulled up over the gunwale, working my way forward to complete the drill. Saves messing with step ladders and pulling the cover over the trailer obstructions.