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geeman
07-07-2006, 10:01 AM
Since the wife and I have been able to play with our boat this summer some for the 1st time since her heart attack,and my stroke, we've noticed it seems harder to pull the boat back up on the trailer then it used to be.The winch is fine as are the rollers are free ,its us,we dont have the strength we used to have. I'm toying with the idea of mounting an electric winch on the trailer to make it easier for us to get the boat back up on the trailer,any suggestions here?

katiedobe
07-07-2006, 01:03 PM
I would go with a reasonably priced one that you can buy at West Marine. You probably don't need one with more than 1,200 lb pulling capacity. I have a dayton here that was purchased from Grainger that I thought I could mount very easily once I fabbed something for the trailer. The date on the box says 1998. I nver got around to fabbing something up. So buying one designed for a trailer mount would have cost a bit more but I probably would have used it by now. Instead I have a nice winch in a box instead of on a trailer.

Thorne
07-07-2006, 01:04 PM
Here's some from Cabelas -

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0001934010571a&type=product&cmCat=search&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&QueryText=trailer+winch&N=4887&Ntk=Products&Ntx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=trailer+w
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/content/Item/01/05/71/i010571sq02.jpg

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0001985013508a&type=product&cmCat=search&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&QueryText=trailer+winch&N=4887&Ntk=Products&Ntx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=trailer+winch&noImage=0
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/content/Item/01/35/08/i013508sq03.jpg

and Harbor Freight / Northwest Tool might have some cheap Chinese models also, if you are worried about theft from the boat trailer.

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/itemdisplay/displayItem.do?itemid=39997&CategoryName=&SubCategoryName=
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/photos/39900-39999/39997.gif

Don Z.
07-07-2006, 02:13 PM
I understand why you'd want a winch... but why not first try a snatch block and make the cable you have now a double purchase... You might find that easy enough to reel in, and you'd save a lot of money...

geeman
07-08-2006, 12:32 AM
Don ,,I'm not familiar with a snatch block,can you explain how they work?

Gary E
07-08-2006, 08:05 AM
Since the wife and I have been able to play with our boat this summer some for the 1st time since her heart attack,and my stroke, we've noticed it seems harder to pull the boat back up on the trailer then it used to be.The winch is fine as are the rollers are free ,its us,we dont have the strength we used to have. I'm toying with the idea of mounting an electric winch on the trailer to make it easier for us to get the boat back up on the trailer,any suggestions here?

Several un answered questions come to mind...

...we have no idea how big your boat is
...no idea how heavy it it
...no idea how steep the ramps are

And most of all we have no idea how good a welder, fabricator, and electrician you are.

If your goal is to GO BOATING, and not futz with stuff and maybe get it to work eventually, FIND a TRAILER DEALER and have him install a complete unit. You will be fishing the day after, rather than pulling out all your hair. If on the other hand you are a competent welder, steel fabricator, and electrician, go for it, but your not are you, or you would not of asked this question.

geeman
07-08-2006, 08:44 AM
Not a fab guy or welder,right.The boat is a 14 ft runabout converted to electric,so its lighter then it was when it had the outboard hanging on the back.The ramps are not all that steep.

Gary E
07-08-2006, 08:51 AM
OK, good info
Then your dealer will or should recomend and install a modest unit, not one ment for a heavyweight.
Git to it today, you could be fishin tomarrow.

geeman
07-08-2006, 09:38 AM
While reading your reply Gary it just occured to me that I do have more skills then I had indicated.I fabed up a steering system using the old cable and brackets when I converted the boat to electric.Made up the brackets I needed myself.Reading about a lot of what you guys do I tend to think of myself as not skilled but thats not really true.It just dawned on me that we could possibly get much more power to the winch we have,if I made up a new winch handle thats much longer ,giving us more leverage.Why didnt I think of that simple thing before???? Very simple and easy to whip one up,worth the time to try .Thanks guys for forcing me to think it out more.

Gary E
07-08-2006, 02:55 PM
Ok, so you have the skills to make an extended arm. That will reduce the force required, but not the number of or time required to crank it. I do not know your physical condition, but if it gets to be just a little like work, I'd be headin over to that trailer place and spend a few bux for ease and comfort.

Good luck

geeman
07-09-2006, 12:04 AM
Ya Gary ,I know it'l be a few more turns to get it done,but if its easier TO turn ,it'l be worth it.If it doesnt work well enough,I can always get it done right during the winter when guys need the work instead of the summer when their all swamped.