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Old 02-08-2019   #1
 
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Help with trailer search for heavy cat



I have an unruly 16' work cat, featured here: https://www.smith-root.com/electrofishers/boats/e-cat

It's a with a heavy frame and even heavier generator/misc. gear. Three grown men can't pull it off the bunk trailer it came with, which means we need to launch it only at ramps and/or steep drop offs.

I'd like to roll it right off a trailer and drop it in shallow water, like 6" of water in a floodplain. Hate to have to tell the boss that I can't launch this thing when the river is up and the regular river bank launch sites are inaccessible.

I've used snowmobile trailers for my own rafts, and that worked great. But I wonder if I can just modify my current trailer to make it work. Not opposed to buying a new tilt trailer, but would like to keep costs around 2k. Any ideas?

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If it's sitting on carpet as shown in the photo you provided I bet that's your issue. That boat does not look terrible heavy for 3 guys to move.

My first step would be to get rid of the carpet, maybe just sliding on the wood? Underneath will get you. My next guess would be to move to rollers like rafters use or the ones on articulated arms used for some power boat trailers.
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Replace the bunks with rollers. No need for articulated ones. I made a trailer for a fish stocking boat that had 18 ft pontoons and a really heavy frame with a fish holding basket. I found an old boat trailer in the boneyard that looked a lot like yours. I welded some steel box tube where the runners are on your trailer and made rollers out of some 4 or 5 inch diameter irrigation pipe with a wood plug in each end that were supported by a long bolt.
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I built one for Idaho fish and game in IF last winter but itís not a $2k trailer.
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oh god, I wish it could be this easy. I've had an easier time loading/unloading a 36' S-rig than this stupid shocking cat. I think it is just the carpet, gonna see about adding some rollers and taking the carpet off the bunks.
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Jake, any chance you can drive down to the Central Valley and weld these on before I start work at 7:30am tomorrow?
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I agree with pulling the carpet (and any staples), roll a few coats of epoxy paint on the wood and see how it slides. Add any simple roller to the rear of the trailer and you should be able to muscle it on and off.
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Jake, any chance you can drive down to the Central Valley and weld these on before I start work at 7:30am tomorrow?
Powder Day Rates go into effect tomorrow!!! Those make Surgeon's and Lawyer's look cheap and we don't make payment plans.
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