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Unloading airboat

Postby JordanB » Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:11 pm

What has worked best for you getting boat off trailer without water? Dry land and or with ice and snow covered ground all experiences would be great to hear?

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby akmike30 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:13 pm

JordanB wrote:What has worked best for you getting boat off trailer without water? Dry land and or with ice and snow covered ground all experiences would be great to hear?

Put your truck in reversing and slam on your brakes mine shoots right off the trailer.


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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby JordanB » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:21 pm

Fair enough just playing devils advocate. What about slightly taller trailers? Or trim tabs? What do you run for bunks? Carpet? Poly?

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby SWAMPHUNTER45 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:27 am

Some use "tire shine" on the bunks to get them to slip right off. Years ago it was liquid dish soap.

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby DuckNutt » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:37 pm

"Trim Tabs"? We don't need no stinking trim tabs!!

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby Mossy Cypress » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:43 pm

X2 reverse,then jam the brakes ,can leave the bow strap connected for some control for a car motor boat, with an a/c boat just push it off the trailer....lol

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby Keeth1123 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:38 pm

I wondered about this as well isn’t it bad for the bottom of the transom? I mean I guess not cause everyone does it all the time. I seen someone do this and send the boat down the whole concrete ramp at the port. Accidentally though lol

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby Sarahj » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:58 pm

A friend of mine who is around 75 years young just installed poly strips on his trailer bunks. Before he had them he could not drop the boat with or without water by himself. Now he can slide the boat off by himself loaded on to dry ground from the trailer no problem. It's an inexpensive fix compared to roller bunks and it works.
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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby SeatCover » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:09 am

Make sure to have a safety chain as well, I know my boat slides off the bunks real easy.
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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby GeeLeDouche » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:45 pm

When everything freezes up around here, we have a pull off pole we hook up to and drag it off our trailers onto the ice and snow. Then we can slide right out to the open water of the great salt lake. Getting back on the trailer can be challenging but we also built a ramp on dry land, as long as it is covered with snow we can back our trailers right up to the ramp and drive right back on our trailers. it is extremely helpful. without that, you better have incline wedges on the back of your trailer to help it up and down.
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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby Prototype » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:32 pm

First off I would think if the boat could actually motivate from where it was dumped, then what stress it does to the hull and trailer with a built system, "lets just say not ideal" for dry loading or unloading!
I've ripped the sides of a b&s sportmans steel trailer but those are antique now days. 5 or 6 inch alum frames are the rage to hold a 4000 pound boat now days.

When people have to do it on a regular basis, the majority comes up with rear roller bunks and new flat bunk slider material, but think the overall question is once, not 10 times a month for years.
Most don't ever dry load or launch with there trailer queen because something with break.

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby pontoon outlaw » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:37 pm

I push mine back and forth till it comes down to the ground and then pull forward till it's on the ground...takes about 10 minutes...

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby CarMotorBarge » Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:00 am

Prototype wrote:First off I would think if the boat could actually motivate from where it was dumped, then what stress it does to the hull and trailer with a built system, "lets just say not ideal" for dry loading or unloading!
I've ripped the sides of a b&s sportmans steel trailer but those are antique now days. 5 or 6 inch alum frames are the rage to hold a 4000 pound boat now days.

When people have to do it on a regular basis, the majority comes up with rear roller bunks and new flat bunk slider material, but think the overall question is once, not 10 times a month for years.
Most don't ever dry load or launch with there trailer queen because something with break.


I dry launch almost every time I ride. I use a B&S trailer made from 5 inch aluminum channel. If I was going to launch at the kicker boat ramp most of the time, I would have gotten a kicker boat.
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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby Slidin Gator » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:04 pm

CarMotorBarge wrote: If I was going to launch at the kicker boat ramp most of the time, I would have gotten a kicker boat.

Same here, I have boats that launch at the ramp, the airboat launches dry 9 out of 10 times, usually a good run from any water, isn't that the point?

Use left over poly from your last (or your buddies) poly job and screw it to flat 2x10 bunk boards. At the launch, go real fast backwards and slam on brakes. Sometimes it's real sloppy and I have to do it a bunch of times because of the damn anti lock brakes. Either way mine ain't no trailer queen, if it can't take getting thrown off the trailer in the morning, it ain't gonna to handle what I got planned for the rest of the day real well.
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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby Prototype » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:03 pm

CarMotorBarge wrote:
Prototype wrote:First off I would think if the boat could actually motivate from where it was dumped, then what stress it does to the hull and trailer with a built system, "lets just say not ideal" for dry loading or unloading!
I've ripped the sides of a b&s sportmans steel trailer but those are antique now days. 5 or 6 inch alum frames are the rage to hold a 4000 pound boat now days.

When people have to do it on a regular basis, the majority comes up with rear roller bunks and new flat bunk slider material, but think the overall question is once, not 10 times a month for years.
Most don't ever dry load or launch with there trailer queen because something with break.


I dry launch almost every time I ride. I use a B&S trailer made from 5 inch aluminum channel. If I was going to launch at the kicker boat ramp most of the time, I would have gotten a kicker boat.



Ok?
Now step back 10 or 15 years when your were sucking a tit and others had a steel sportsman's to dry load and launch that many times? A day or week or month or year on your end? You didn't do it with a aluminum in the 90's for sure and highly doubt you do it daily now?

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby Prototype » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:29 pm

How you got to kicker boat, I have no clue "Barge"? The op ask for dry launch/load advice and steel will eventually bust it's seems so maybe thats why your 5 or 6 inch ibeam aluminum holds up along with my 5-6 inch alum Ibeam rigs.
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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby CarMotorBarge » Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:46 am

I see people dry launch and load all the time with steel trailers. Isn't steel stronger than aluminum?

My entire point is that an airboat should be able to launch and load dry every time you use it. If it can't, then something is wrong. Also a tilt trailer definitely helps when launching or loading dry.
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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby Sniper » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:03 am

the coolest idea i have ever seen was from another Georgia Airboater , he bolted a roller on the trailer about a third of the way down where the bow curve ends and runs is winch strap under it and back up to the eye where you attach you bow strap and then simply winches the boat off the trailer nice and easy off the trailer onto the ground, I was amazed no one had thought of it before it was so simple and easy the manufactures should do it to every trailer it works so well, I doing it to my trailer this spring
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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby Slidin Gator » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:07 am

Sniper wrote:the coolest idea i have ever seen was from another Georgia Airboater , he bolted a roller on the trailer about a third of the way down where the bow curve ends and runs is winch strap under it and back up to the eye where you attach you bow strap and then simply winches the boat off the trailer nice and easy off the trailer onto the ground, I was amazed no one had thought of it before it was so simple and easy the manufactures should do it to every trailer it works so well, I doing it to my trailer this spring

That is a great idea :thumbleft:

I had a buddy tell me about another guys trailer, he had a set of rollers on a 4 bar mechanism. He would hook up the winch strap to the 4 bar and winch up a row of rollers to lift the boat off the bunks. I was thinking about doing that, but your idea seems a lot simpler Sniper! I'm going to look at adding a winch off roller for the bad brake engagement days, I'll still throw it off when I can though...
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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby Prototype » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:01 pm

CarMotorBarge wrote:I see people dry launch and load all the time with steel trailers. Isn't steel stronger than aluminum?

My entire point is that an airboat should be able to launch and load dry every time you use it. If it can't, then something is wrong. Also a tilt trailer definitely helps when launching or loading dry.


I used to think so until the worst. Dry launching is fairly safe! Just the weight of whats coming off! Dry loading is a tremendous amount of stress when you hit the trailer and power up. On a glass hull, Cracking cannot be heard and alum hulls will just bend, sometimes permanently?
My point is with a great hull and power and a real good trailer, why not?
2 inch ramlin frame better act like a toilet tissue with it or maybe even an old 4 inch sportsman steel galv frame?
Doing it once does not dictate future success and it sounds like the op has never done it at all?

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby pontoon outlaw » Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:48 am

Coming up the hill scooting across the ground and up on the trailer..us a thrill all riders enjoy... especially if it's their first time..lol..their like how we going to get up there...hold on.....

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby terrible ted » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:02 pm

Pull the trailer tilt pin push boat up drive forward.

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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby 90chevy396 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:08 am

At least 8 years on my steel trailer with drop axle and no broken welds or bent axle and all I have is 2 2X6 bunks and a piece of 2” pvc on the rear of the trailer around a piece of pipe and she goes on with ease even for a direct drive


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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby 90chevy396 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:10 am

All this hoopla about what works best all depends on trailer design and height and driver comfort along with enough power to climb the trailer that is


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Re: Unloading airboat

Postby pontoon outlaw » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:21 pm

I've had the same trailer for 17 years... Same wood on the running boards...

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