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No more wood

Post by helicsher » Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:53 pm

I am redoing my trailer since now is the best time to fix all the small stuff
When the grass is closed
I was thinking about putting composite boards on it instead of wood with carpet
Is this a good idea ?
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Post by swamper2 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:38 pm

I don't think composite has much strength or support laying on the flat. I would pick a couple 2 x 6 wolmanized with a good grain pattern.
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Post by SWAMPHUNTER45 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:11 pm

Is the boat glass or aluminum ?

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Post by jeepinocala1111 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:25 pm

I used composite on my old trailer it worked great right up until you released the boat and the bitch took off backwards like it had reverse :banghead:

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Post by terrible ted » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:03 pm

I would think if it composite and any type of slick or poly it would slide the boat maybe to easy.

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Post by peanutbutter kid » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:22 pm

i just built a new trailer for my glass boat....used PT 2x10's with polymer strips...that with super slick on the bottom makes it so u don't wanna unhook it till ur to the water...sure loads easy tho

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Post by Bonefish » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:58 pm

And I thought this had something to do with little blue pills :dontknow:

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Post by Deano » Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:20 pm

:lol: When I saw that, my first thought was

that the girlfriend can't be to happy about that. :(
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Post by Olf Art » Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:29 am

An 'old school' trick for wooden runners on a trailer deck is to get out your propane burner, drop three or four block of paraffin in a pot (you can find it at a lot of craft shops) and melt it down.
Then, get a pretty good quality 4" disposable brush and somebody to help you.

What you're gonna do is one of you will ladle that melted wax onto the runners and the other will use the brush to spread it out before it cools. They work great coated that way, and it also adds years to the life of the runners. I hate carpeted runners .... they hold water and eventually rot the runners out.
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Post by akblackdawg » Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:10 pm

Olf Art wrote:An 'old school' trick for wooden runners on a trailer deck is to get out your propane burner, drop three or four block of paraffin in a pot (you can find it at a lot of craft shops) and melt it down.
Then, get a pretty good quality 4" disposable brush and somebody to help you.

What you're gonna do is one of you will ladle that melted wax onto the runners and the other will use the brush to spread it out before it cools. They work great coated that way, and it also adds years to the life of the runners. I hate carpeted runners .... they hold water and eventually rot the runners out.
mmmm........... when a kid we use to put paraffin wax on surfboards to keep our feet from slipping, it made the grip better for bare feet, now you are saying it helps the boat slide off easier...I don't like carpet either and have treated 2x8 boards on my trailer, boat does not slide well at all, will have to try that trick, thank you.
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Post by Olf Art » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:58 pm

akblackdawg wrote:I don't like carpet either and have treated 2x8 boards on my trailer, boat does not slide well at all, will have to try that trick, thank you.
Bud, the trick to it is to have that wax hot when you spread it on so that it permeates the grain of the board itself. The last time I did it I bought a pot at a yard sale for a dollar or two with the
idea that as soon as the job was done I'd just throw the pot away. Ditto the brush.
It provides just the right amount of slip, but it's also safe to walk on when loading. The runner boards will last a very long time also because they shed water like a duck.
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