Raft trailer - custom winch and roller for tilt bed

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Luke77, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    So, here's my latest brain child on the raft trailer. I tested it out with my 8 year old and he was able to pull the raft up and secure by himself, so I think it's considered a success. I put the roller on the front to facilitate the rope rolling down to the raft when the bed is tilted, which is actually easier than having the bed flat. I used a piece of galvanized pipe with a crease in the middle, 2 bearings, 2 L brackets bored out, and a fulton winch rated at 900 lbs. The rope is 28 feet of 5/8" nylon and fits PERFECTLY on the reel with no cutting necessary. Let me know what you think.

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  2. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Brilliant. Your son is a genius!
  3. Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Yep, glad he got his mother's smarts. :)

    Pretty awesome though right? Next step is to replace the deck wood and wrap with some form of carpet.

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  4. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Screw the carpet. Use some of the PVC lumber. Durable, slick, done!
  5. Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Ya? Send me links.

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  6. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Synthetic deck material. Find a discontinued color or type.
  7. PT Physhicist

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    Looks good. Sorry, I forgot to send you pics of the strap I use to lift the bow but you got it dialed. I'd back it off so it isn't riding on the front roller but that's just me.
  8. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Well done, MacGyver & looks very efficient. Give your Son some rowing lessons & you can sit back and just fish . . .