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    I noticed some pretty wonderful chunks taken out of the gelcoat on the front spine/ridge of my hull up near the front crossmember of my trailer. The boat is a 2006 220 VRS and when on the trailer it only has about an inch or so of clearance above the crossmember. It is definitely happening during launch and/or pulling it out. Getting this baot on the trailer without hitting the front crossmember is very tricky as the trailer needs to be at just the right angle to get it to power up until it engages the trailer buddy. Sure you can my novice launchin skills, but my take is that the trailer should be designed so that the boat NEVER EVER hits the crossmember.

    Anyone else have this problem? My solution to keep this from happening is to weld a bracket on the crossmember to hold a roller to keep the boat from hitting the crossmember. High enough to keep it from hitting the x-member but low enough so that the roller isn't touching the boat when in position.

    Recomendations for a reputable gelcoat repair shop in Columbus, OH?

    Stay tuned for pics.

  • #2
    I would say your first step is to look at your trailer bunks with the boat off the trailer. Something tells me that this has not been happening since 2006!

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    • #3
      psbudz- I have a 2006 X15. I believe that we have the same hull. My boat sits on my trailer exactly as you describe. I measured and I have less than 3/4" of clearance between my keel and front crossmember. The PO of my boat had hit this crossmember several times before while loading the boat. I just finished repairing the gelcoat that was chipped off on the keel.

      I added a 10" or 12" roller on the crossmember just like you mention. I set it about 1/4" higher than the crossmember. I bought some stainless shaft material and a short piece of 1/4" thick stainless angle. I just drilled and tapped the frame and bolted the angle brackets on. I will take a picture this weekend and post it.

      I used to power load my old I/O on the trailer. With the X15, I just drive it up to the rear of the trailer. Then I jump out off the bow onto the back of the trailer and just walk it up. Takes extra time, but fixing that gelcoat was a supreme PITA. I don't want to take anymore chances.

      I gauge the trailer depth for unload on the point where I see the boat just barely start to float off the very front keel pads. Then I use this same depth to load. I pull out very slow and steady to ease the boat down onto the bunks. My son also helps by sitting on the sun pad and holding the back end of the boat straight by grabbing the guide poles.

      I agree that Mastercraft should have bent that crossmember down at least another inch.
      We defy the mafia!

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      • #4
        I added a roller to replace the poly keel guard on mine just cut two pieces of flat steel and cut holes in them and had them coming up at an angle. Then on the rod for the roller put the cap on one end and drill a hole and put a cotter pin in it for easy replacement.

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        • #5
          Damge that the trailer caused to my boat. Great job on the trailer MasterCraft! But then again MasterCraft isn't know for their trailers are they?
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          • #6
            Knox, I don't know what happened with the previois owner(s). There is nothing wrong with the bunks. It is simply a piss poor design. Shame on MC for the lack of attention to detail.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by psbudz View Post
              Damge that the trailer caused to my boat. Great job on the trailer MasterCraft! But then again MasterCraft isn't know for their trailers are they?
              wholly crap!!! that is terrible...

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              • #8
                It looks as bad as it does from multiple hits. I didn't notice until this spring when I puuled it out of storage. At first I thought it migh have been from hitting debris in the river but when I launched it and saw that it was hittling I realized the damage was caused by the trailer when loading and unloading. Wish I would have noticed sooner. But then again why would one think to look? The natuall assumption is that the trailer should be desinged to NEVER come in contact with the baot except where intended.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by psbudz View Post
                  It looks as bad as it does from multiple hits. I didn't notice until this spring when I puuled it out of storage. At first I thought it migh have been from hitting debris in the river but when I launched it and saw that it was hittling I realized the damage was caused by the trailer when loading and unloading. Wish I would have noticed sooner. But then again why would one think to look? The natuall assumption is that the trailer should be desinged to NEVER come in contact with the baot except where intended.
                  can you raise the bunks up? maybe add another 2x6? just curious not sure that would work or not...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by curver900 View Post
                    can you raise the bunks up? maybe add another 2x6? just curious not sure that would work or not...
                    I'm not sure whether that would help. It has to do with the angle of the boat relative to the trailer. If it's within a certain window, no problem. If not : CRACK!

                    I believe the best solution would be to mount rollers slightly above the crossmember.

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                    • #11
                      Ouch! I can sympathize with you there. I had similar damage to my last boat and since then I have been very cautious when it comes to loading my trailer. Get the Spectrum patch kit from iboats.com and that should fix you right up. Good luck!

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                      • #12
                        Buddy, I feel your pain! I have an 06 X15, and the same thing has happened to me twice now. Laying on your back and gelcoating / sanding / polishing really sucks. I know very carefully walk my boat on and off the trailer. I have also zip tied some foam bumpers at the low points on the trailer to avoid a collision in the event that it makes contact with the boat.

                        In the end, it is a poor design that you have to fix if you dont want to be sanding and polishing every year.....

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                        • #13
                          Something like this would help but this design wont work for my trailer: http://www.pacifictrailers.com/trail...members-56799/

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                          • #14
                            Actually, I had a dealer tell me to jack up the bunks on the trailer if you dont have garage height issues to deal with. However:

                            1) I have garage height issues.

                            2) Putting "jack plates" under the bunks will cause the bunks to come closer together, thus changing the support points on the boat. You would have to do some calculating to make sure you just raise the bunks. Would be pretty tricky.

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                            • #15
                              If you are going to add a pad please use a Stoltz. Best cut resistant material we found.

                              http://stoltzind.com/photos/

                              Thanks,
                              RNC

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