06-19-2008, 07:51 PM #1
2x4 or 2x6 Bunks? Carpet or no carpet?
I was wondering if it would be better to use 2x6 bunks on my trailer. I have a Shorelandr double trailer that holds my 2005 Yamaha FX HO Cruisers.
I have also heard that there are benefits of not using bunk carpeting because the carpet holds water and rots the board away quicker. Those of you that don't have carpeted boards, do you use the bunk skid strips (plastic strips) or something else?
Anyone using composite boards? If so, can you post some pics of them on the trailer? Thanks everyone!
06-22-2008, 02:58 PM #2
06-22-2008, 03:33 PM #3
4x4s work really well. Good pressure treated lumber should last many years, try to avoid sticks with knots tho. If you take the belt sander and round off all the edges the carpet will last much longer.
06-23-2008, 02:00 PM #4
I would carpet them. I'd much rather have moist carpet touching than bare wood or those hard teflon strips.
Spray the carpet down with "Liquid Rollers"...
06-23-2008, 02:02 PM #5
06-23-2008, 02:39 PM #6
Carpet and no teflon or sprays
I have 2X4's on my double Shorelandr trailer and have a Ultra 250X (1000#s)
and have had RXP/Ultra 250 as second ski.
The 2X4's oriented flat side to ski give and bend to accomodate the
curve of the hull. More area equal less pressure point on hull. You
want to distribute weight on any fiberglass hull so they don't get
bent out of shape.
indoor/outdoor carpet works fine. No issues with launching or retrieving.
I've winched the 1000lb Kawa from the end to the front with minimal
effort with boards mostly out of water. Try to have boards 1/2 in water
and its' easy. You can usually power right up to bow stop.
Those sprays make it too slippery. SKis can get off trailer if you forget
to hook 'em up. The teflon rollers scratch hull, particularly when they get dirt on them. If you don't need 'em why put them on?? They are used for very heavy boats, say 10,000 pound plus where you need assist.
Carpet should last several seasons. When needed, easy to get at Home Depot. Just put carpet on with stainless steel staples, stops the rust. Reg staples go to heck quickly.
06-23-2008, 03:48 PM #7
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I don't like 4x4 or any lumber standing on it's edge ! Why? because it won't conform to the hull and provide a nice even support! ( no offense to those who do it!) composite lumber is not a very structural material ! I suggest a nice rot resistant wood and I like carpet or bunk glides
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