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      1. Hey, Looking at options for a transom saver / outboard support bracket. My motor is a 150hp 4 stroke yammy with the 3 ram tilt. My other boat uses one of the brackets that connects to the trailer and has a v shape that the motor sits in to take some of the weight and keep the motor still when travelling. I recently seen one of those plastic transom saver blocks that sits on one of the ram rods. Are these effective? Can't seem to see how it would alleviate any weight from the transom - perhaps it's not meant to and is meant to only reduce movement? Are there any alternatives or DIY solutions? Tried a trailer roller but it might be too soft as the outboard just bends it when any pressure is applied. Also, just a more general question about powered trims as I'm more used to my old manually trimmed outboard, will the trim stop automatically when it senses pressure / an obstacle (like a transom saver) or will it just keep trying to trim and break something? Cheers Ryan
      2. Hi guys, My new 6.3m boat is coming on a dual axle dunbier loader pro trailer, designed to drive on and off. On my smaller boat I've always manually pulled the boat onto the trailer via the winch. Using the drive on / off method is all new to me. Are there any tricks anyone can give me? Had a few specific questions 1. When unloading, how far back do you have the trailer in the water? Is there a point to get submerged that works best? I'd normally just reverse back so that my rear ute tires are near the water edge? 2. When loading, how far back do you have the trailer in the water? Is it say, when the first or second skid is submerged? 3. I've always had my motor trimmed right up when pushing / pulling it on/off the trailer. With driving on / off needing to have the prop in the water, is there any tips to avoid hitting the prop on the bottom? Cheers
      3. Hey, Looking at a 6.5m plate boat and am thinking it might sit around the 2 tonne mark at a guess. I have a Triton to tow it. From my little reading, it looks like you need trailer brakes of the loaded trailer if above 750kg. Is that right? Very new to the idea of trailer brakes, are they are pain to maintain, and how much should I be expecting to pay if the trailer doesn't have it already? I'm guessing the ute will need to be modified to support it as it wouldn't run through the trailer plug? Cheers
      4. Hello, My driver side indicator stays on (continually, not blinking) when my brake lights or parkers are on. A bloke at the boat ramp mentioned its probably a grounding issue. I'm a newb at this kind of stuff. My understanding is there should be a white cable secured to the trailer, but I can't find it? Is that with both old and newer trailers? It's probably around a 2012 model dunbier. I've tested it using two cars and both times I had issues. Any hints on how to fix it would be much appreciated! Cheers, Ryan
      5. We have just travelled in caravan for a couple of years. Now the van is up for sale and we are going to take off again with a trailer boat and a tent/swag. Im looking for people thoughts on what boat, size, what trailer ect My current candidates are Reneagde 420 or 440 with a Mackay off road Trailer. Im inexperienced with boats having only owned a Port-a-bote with 6hp so don't have much to go on! We will be using it mainly Northern half of Australia and often remote areas, so need something small enough to be nimble on the tracks and easy to launch anywhere. There are 3 of us, 2 adults and an 8 year old. We want to fish river/creek and get out to off shore islands and reef when the weather is good. I would like the trailer to have a decent payload to carry additional fuel, water, gas ect and ideally run on 16" rims. Keen to hear any tips from people who have done long trips with a boat Cheers
      6. demarc

        New Trailer Time

        Hey Guys, Sorry I have been quiet lately. All my time has been taken up with work (travelling between sydney and brisbane), house work or preparing for my June Stanage Bay trip. December last year I purchased a new second hand 2010, dual axle Redco Sportsman trailer. I got it for a good price, but it had two buggered crossmembers. At the time I bought this trailer, I didn't think there was anything fatal with my current one. Just didn't have faith it'd make it into Stanage in one piece. Fast forward to earlier in the year at a Wavebreak trip and I got the boat ready to go. As normal, I looked the trailer over before leaving to fuel up. I noticed, what looked like the paint cracking on the bend in the crossmember. Upon closer inspection I noticed 2 crossmembers had starter to split. Fatal! After the Wavebreak trip, I parked the boat up and began rebuilding the trailer I purchased. I bought it for the Stanage trip, which involves 100KMs of corrugation, so I modified it to suit this. Firstly slipper springs had to go. For a multitude of reasons, I'm not a fan. I replaced the slippers for a rocker/roller load-sharing setup rated to 3tonne. Next I took the rocker/roller kit, custom made hangers and trailer to a welder. I had the crossmembers replaced and suspension welded into position. Once home I took off all the hardware and painted the frame with a zinc based paint. The gal was still good at the front, but the rear needed some attention. My old trailer had grey wobblers. After a while they caught road grime and left streaks on the hull. I have just had 5 years worth of fishing damage fixed, so didn't want the streaks back. Based on the advice from a few trailer shops, I replaced all grey wobblers with red wobblers, which apparently are more resistant to the road grime. I also built a new keel roller bracket which stretches the full length of the trailer consisting of 13 rollers. Before changing trailers, I coated all the suspension parts in a mixture of tar/fish oil. Very happy with all this work, tows like a dream. In a week I'll have a bra made up for the bow to protect it from rocks for the trip. Cheers!
      7. Hello, Very pic heavy! Sorry I've been quiet again. I can't get a break these days. Bloody life issues. Anywho, been hard at work in the boat to keep me distracted. After pwning boat for 5 years, she is finally maintenance free. Ditto for trailer. First, the boat, Manko. Installed a 120watt solar panel and new round anchor light. Redid all the clear bolts. My old trimmer use bloody pop rivets. New nav lights. Uaing only black external fixtures now. I found white didn't last. Full size engine cover. Keep that Stanage dust out. New VHF mount. Moved from lower side to top of hard top. Hopefully extend range. Custom boat bra from my new trimmer. Keep rock chips to a minimum. The stanage slayer boat trailer: All bearings replaced with quality Jap. When wheels were off, I took chance to tar the suspension parts I missed. I always use a car stand to ensure if trailer falls off jack it doesn't wreck my day. 6 months of no fishing has finally paid off. Leave for Stanage Thursday morning. Cheers!!
      8. demarc

        New Trailer Time

        Long story short, time to replace my trailer. End of December I found what I was looking for. Bought a second hand Redco Sportsman which needed two new crossmembers. I got these replaced and upgraded the suspension from slipper to rocker load sharing. Let me introduce the Stanage slayer! If anyone is chasing an old trailer cheap, I'll be selling the Brooker (with new crossmembers) soon.
      9. SOUTHWEST MARINE The sun is out and summer is here!!!! Perfect time to get your boat out and start fishing!!!! We at SOUTHWEST MARINE are a small and friendly marine mechanic business providing excellence in marine and mower repairs and services. We are located in South Western Sydney, NSW, 2565.. contact us on (02) 9605 6559 For more information on us and our services, check out our website Kind regards, Southwest Marine
      10. Boat was getting a bit hard to launch. Dont know why but maybe this had something to do with it. Foraged around in back of shed and found some u bolts some d clamps ,a flip flop roller bracket and scrounged a bit of 50 X 50 rhs from rick and back on the road again. Too much effort to take boat off trailer and fabricate and weld in a new cross member . Cheers Ray
      11. Wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction. We spend a few days at a time on our boat and when we come to NSW will be looking at a secure storage facility where we can leave our vehicle and trailer that isn't too far from a marina. or decent boat ramp. At least a short taxi ride if possible. Looking at places - Bribie Island or Brisbane coastal areas, Gold Coast in Qld and in NSW - Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Brisbane Water, Brooklyn/Hawkesbury, Pittwater and Sydney Harbour. We have to be mindful of the route as our boat/trailer is over width on a tri axle... so the bigger easy to get to ramps with a jetty/pontoon are ideal. Are there any short term storage facilities where people leave their vehicles and trailers? Boat/ship yards that supply this service? What do others do that have large trailerable boats who go out on the water for a few days at a time? Quite happy to pay the going rate for secure parking.... just unsure if and where these facilities are located.
      12. I am considering converting my standard boat trailer to a 4x4 version. however I am concerned about the trailer being to high to launch. I am considering a "step down axel" to compensate for the rise in height, however it looks like this would be where the axle might bend. The reasons I want to convert my tailer is my 14" wheels are just not handling the roads as well as what I would like. Has anyone done this on there trailers and how did you compensate for the rise in height. My boat is 5.3 seajay and needs about ⅓ of the trailer in the water to launch and retrieve I have measured it and I can just fit some 17" hilux wheels on it and be legal.
      13. Ok I hope this isn't too annoying. I am on my quest to get a boat and not F#$% it up again like I did last time. And in my defense of putting up an annoying thread with no real content... the adds now appear on this page and drag me in... Stupid Gumtree and there clever targeted marketing!! But all of a sudden there seems to be a stack of boats that would suit me!
      14. Hi all, Instead of greasing your tow ball, just put a plastic shopping bag over it and hook your trailer on. Acts the same as a teflon skid plate used in road transport, saves greasy ball when unhooked getting greasy marks on the legs when around the back of vehcile. as in dual cabs putting stuff in the back. Be good Gary.
      15. Bit of a DIY tutorial on how to replace the steel winch cable with dyneema rope and one way to do a correctly rated eye splice. So as some forum members know Tina helps me drive on and drive off the trailer with minimal fuss and stress (we do use the winch but not as heavily as I would be using when solo), our trailer is 3 years old and has had quite a well maintained life thus far. So it kind of surprised me that the inevitable eventually happened and the winch cable failed (with no injuries luckily). So take this opportunity for those with steel cables to check for kinks or frays. The cable failed at the crimp where a kink slowly worked its way through. Step 1: Remove the winch from the winch post, should be 3 bolts. Step 2: Undo the locking nut holding the tail end of the steel cable. Step 3: Strip the cable, you should always use gloves when handling steel cable. Steel cable has memory, it's heavy, it flies through the air when it snaps, sinks in water and requires a fair amount of maintenance, etc. Dyneema rope has very little to no memory, it's light, it drops limp when it snaps and floats on water. The only negative I have about it is that a little care must be paid when using it to avoid cutting it and getting dirt/rocks caught in the fibers. This one is rated to 3500 kg and cost me $6 per meter (I got 6 meters) and I will be reusing my original S-hook. Average price was around $60+ for a similarly rated item off the shelf. Perks of Dyneema is that if it snaps you can retie it and keep going (also applies to 4x4 winches - many of which also use Dyneema now). Step 4: Give the winch a good clean to remove all the grease. Step 5: Electrical tape the head end of the rope.
      16. Drop Bear

        Pet Project

        Well i've gone and done it now. I bought a 14 foot center console with an old 35 Black Anchor... and I love it. Now all there is to do is put some casting platforms in, a sounder and an electric motor move the helm fix the lighting... and I would love some advice. I got her for a bargain price of $2,300 and the engine runs like a dream and it sits well in the water on and off the plane. But there are a few problems... but one big one. The helm is way too far forward, it makes for a very rough ride and looks and feels very strange. When they pushed it forward (i am assuming they did it because the floor had rotten out (its fairly new and yes i know that the gal fixings must come out) and not to fix a weight distribution problem...??) it has meant that control cables are too short and they have mounted the throttle too low. I would like to move it back a bit and build a front casting platform for storage and a back one for bait tank, fuel storage and a kill tank. So first job I want to do is put on a sounder and an electric motor. The guy at Boating and RV in Tingalpa has sold me on a; Motor Guide Xi5-55W 60" 12v GPS ($2,349 inc.) and an Elite 7Ti Total Scan Navionics ($1,099 inc.) So my first question is; are they ok? Second question is how should I mount the Electric outboard? The prow is quite high. Can I build up some nylon cutting board type material and simply bolt it to the gunwale and the front anchor well cover? I don't really know how much strength it needs. Thanks oh and a little by note. I will be fishing from her over the new years period up at Noosa.
      17. G'day guys and girls, I do believe there was a thread like this at one point but I couldn't find it. Just seeing what everyone drives. I've made a list here you can cut and paste. Feel free to post pics. Make: Model: Year: Modifications: Notes: I'll go first. Make: Isuzu Model: D-Max SX Extra Cab Year: 2014 Modifications: ARB Sahara bull bar, ARB Dual Battery mount with redarc smart wiring with 2 12v outlets in the tray and an Anderson plug under the tray to connect solar, rear facing work lights, ARB underbonnet compressor (for lockers I don't have yet, but can inflate tires too), Hella LED Spotlights, UHF radio, factory colour coded steel tray with tie down points, safari snorkel. Notes: Great fuel economy, great on the beach, comfortable and I think at the time was the best value 4x4 Ute on the market. Still have quite a few plans before I'll be 100% happy. But for now, as a daily driver and beach car it has been just under 25,000km of trouble free driving over the past 12 months.
      18. Hey team, last time my car was serviced, I had complained that there was a persistent oil leak, it was diagnosed with a rear main seal leak. I was told that in order to replace this cheap seal of about $50, the entire gear box had to be dropped out just to simply access it. So the estimated costs was at least $700 just due to the labour hours required to drop the gear box, replace the seal and bolt the gearbox back on. My car is a 2011 Triton GLXR My current finances don't exactly allow me to go blast a minimum of $700+ to have this fixed currently. I have read a bit about additives you can add to the oil to help seal this up to prevent the leak, but have also read that this is not healthy for the oil or the engine. My question is, has anyone had this problem before? and if so, did you simply pay to get it fixed, or have you used this oil additive to stop the oil leak. any advice would be very grateful!!
      19. hey guys, have only had a short drive on main beach at straddie before and heading back there next month. Question i have is can you get to the pin easy enough if you drive the length on main ? also is it worth the distance for a fish down that end ? cheers
      20. Angus

        Give Away Trailer

        Hey everyone. I have a trailer to give away. Came with a boat I bought to turn into play equipment. Lights work. Ok condition. Pick up Camp Hill Brisbane. Please PM for details as pick up with have to be arranged between 9.30am and 2.00pm. I was thinking of turning this into a 4 kayak trailer or some such but just never got around to it...
      21. blockah

        Trailer Brakes

        Might be a silly question but here goes, I went out this morning & a real scary noise started coming from the trailer & my mate & i decided it was the brake pads, when asking for the brake pads do they go by trailer brand or trailer size or do all trailers run the same pads etc ???. it's a 4.8m on a sea-link trailer. thanks
      22. In qld you can now pay your car,trailer and boat rego via direct debit. took me about 15 min to set it up they give you a list of regos in your name and you can select which ones you wish to be paid via direct debit when they become due and you also have a choice between 3,6,or 12 monthly renewals. I reckon its a great idea especially for anyone traveling. Cheers Ray
      23. So after spending the last couple of months bringing my boats maintenance up to scratch, I'm now paranoid about the state of my trailer. The last thing I want now is for all the hard work I've put into my boat be obliterated when the rear cage on my trailer rusts through and drops the hull on the axel. This is the worry I have in mind: I've spent over $500 in the last 18 months repairing things on this trailer and really feel now that I've been flogging a dead horse. I'm sure it can all be fixed if I take the boat off and have someone weld and repair it. I'm thinking for that effort, I'll just get a new trailer. After several searches on here, various other sites and asking friends, new trailer brands seem heavily reliant on opinion rather then fact. Of the six local trailer brands, all seem the same and only one offers straight up prices. I don't mind spending the money, but like most things don't want to feel I'm being sold up the wall. So what do members think, have experienced or know of regarding new boat trailers? My current Dunbier, despite obvious faults, is a good trailer. My boat sits and travels nicely on it, and best of it all, it's simple to load. I am not a large man(under 60kg) and can quite easily, by myself, load my 470SF, which weighs boat and motor around the 1t mark, onto this trailer with a hand driven winch. Being able to load my boat, by myself, is a must, so roller setup is crucial. However the Dunbier sits low, tows rather heavy( I've even towed it with a 4.2D Landcruiser and it was heavy), and being a box section frame, has rusted from the inside out. My thoughts keep being steered towards Belco trailers, whom I've already requested a quote from. Swiftco offers a price of $2530, which seems about the average price I can expect(doesn't it?), however the journey down the coast puts me off. Redco, FMS, Oceanic and Sealink all seem to have only a broad level of information online and I hate wasting peoples time chasing a quote if I know I probably won't go with them. I'd like a C section or H beam trailer if I can, considering the eventual outcome of boxed frame trailers, but can't find a lot of information other then "custom" trailers regarding this style. This says extra dollars, which as stated am happy with, I'd just like to know the expectation. Please fill me in on all your thoughts.
      24. Hi all, been doing lots of maintenance work this week waiting for the wind to die. Hooked the trailer on this morning and one of the brake lights is not working. The unit is a submersible led set up that I put on about 4 years ago because I was sick of replacing bulbs in the bayonet version. Been working a treat ever since. All other lights, including tail lights are working fine. I am using a flat pin to round pin converter but this all looks fine. Gave all the connections a spray of inox, reinserted all connections a couple of times, but still no good. Is it likely that the LEDs in the brake light have died, or do you think it is a wiring problem. Pretty sure the both brake lights come off the one pin, so doubt it at the car end. Do you think I need to replace the whole unit? Any ideas welcome. Thanks, Steve.
      25. So, like everyone, I have really been looking forward to the 10 day break between Christmas and New Years. I have definitely not done enough fishing in 2015 and 2016 looks like being a busy one so not hopeful that I will be spending much more time on the water next year. The plan was to do the family eating and drinking thing on Christmas Day, than agreed to drop one of my boys up to his inlaws near Woodford on Boxing Day, then get out early on Sunday to get some of these mackerel before samsteele cleans them out. Teed up my nephew to deckie with me ( he is a marine biologist so how could I miss, right?). Got home on Boxing Day to realise that my son, who doesn't live with us, had parked his car in the driveway between the boat and the road and didn't leave his keys as he promised he would. With no way around it, I had to spend yesterday staring at the very still trees and thinking how good it would have been on the water. He is not due back until Wednesday at the earliest. Today we went for a quick run to Burleigh for an early surf and brekkie and then home by noon. Thought it would be a good opportunity to do some safety maintenance before we head to Burrum Heads in January. Check and service the inflatable life jackets. Easy. Check and restock the first aid kit. Easy. Check the wheel bearings - should be easy. A little noisy, OK for short trips but if I am driving 350 k at speed in probably high temps maybe a repack of the bearings is a good idea. As usual, the wheel nuts are so tight I can't loosen them, even using a metre long pipe for leverage. So off the mechanic it will be, if they can fit me in that first week in January. In the meantime, I will be watching the wind forecast for the rest of this week hoping for something under 15 knots so I can get out at least once before I go back to work. Thanks for reading this long rambling "white whine" but I needed to vent to someone and my wife just doesn't understand. Keep up the posts, boys, I need to know what I am missing out on!