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    I've noticed most of you west coast guys don't have hand winches with a strap.It looks like a metal strap that just hooks to front eye.How come?

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    The setup you are asking about is a floater bar. My trailer came with just a floater bar, but I added a winch and bow stop. If the water is rough where you are launching or loading the floater bar setup is kind of a pain, probably not so much if you are an experinced boater, but it was for me.
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    i really dont know why this is my boat has the same set up really dont like it i am probably gonna put a hand winch on next winter

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    hand winches with a strap
    Tend to mar or scratch the hull in the front. On painted hulls its even easier. I orginally I came from Seattle area. Winches were common. But so were rollers on the trailers instead of bunks. I prefer to have it float while towing with a restrainer strap. It may help by not pulling the front down to control hook too.

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    I had a floater bar for years. My new to me boat and trailer has a winch. I much prefer the floater bar. I've been using this winch-on trailer for a couple seasons now.

    With the winch I find it's harder to get back on the trailer particularly when using steep launch ramps, beaches etc. I know it sounds weird and you'd think it'd be easier. The bow ends up trying to come in under the v block and you have to physically "help" it up and over. Picture the bow coming in 4"-5" lower than where the v-block is in the picture below . I just had to do it Saturday and the ramp wasn't all that steep. Also if you're coming in under power, you could ram the post that the winch is on if you're not careful. I've actually adjusted my driving and don't try to get it on the bunks under power, but rather stop back some and walk it up.

    At some point I may actually cut this thing off and convert it to a floater bar (yes, I dislike it that much).

    It could be the setup and it's possible that you could make some adjustments to it and make it work better. Also possible that I'm just so used to the floater, I'm old, and stubborn and don't like change.........nah that can't be it. Also possible that I'm backing it in too far being used to the floater bar and all. Maybe I'll try that next time and see if it helps.

    Oh yeah, as you can see the v-block does make a mess of the bow.

    A buddy recently pm'd me about this setup and converting from floater bar to winch. I recommended that he didn't do it. Denis........if you want to swap pieces/parts maybe that would be the way to go. My winch and post setup in exchange for your floater bar?

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    I use a winch also, feel safe as it keeps the nose solid while towing. I let a friend put my trailer on and it was incorrect. While leaving the river a couple years back, my boat/trailer came off and passed me up on the 95. I will never put trust in anyone and will keep the winch. Mine also has a wheel not a v.
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    Yeah, I'm the official trailer putter on guy. At least if something goes wrong I can only blame myself.

    I had the roller and swapped it out for the block. Don't like the v-block and didn't like the roller either.

    Reckon it's all just a matter of personal preference.

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    I have the floater bar with a roller. I added a winch since our launch ramp isn't very steep and it's hard to get the boat up the last little bit to hook up the bar unless you want to drive the truck doors deep into the water.

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    I get now.Maybe you could have a floater bar with a winch?

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    im running a winch. i absolutely love it i will never change, there is a roller that stops the boat it doesn't really do anything but stop the boat i have a v block bunk set up at he front of the trailer.
    when im coming in to the trailer the nose would totally be to low it hits the bunk v block first it really helps straighten the boat in rough weather, or water. then i can dive the rest of the way the block raises the bow to hit the roller.
    im the guy on the ramp that it literally takes my and my wife 2 min from trailer into the water boat hooked up and driving away. at our local lake if there is a line they will let us in to the front they know we dont mess around.
    I also have the fenders with carpet to help center the boat on the trailer. i dump the boat in till the water comes half way up the top of the fenders, after my wife dumps the bunks completely under water.
    they only thing i was thinking of changing is going to one of those auto locking bow eye locks. they look like they save a lot of time no more scrambling over the bow to hook up the hook and tighten the winch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post

    Oh yeah, as you can see the v-block does make a mess of the bow.



    That looks like a rubber v block, changing it to a poly one would mar the boat less, just a thought.

    When I put a winch and bow v block on I left the floater bar too, That way if the ramp is steep I can use the bar, If I launch from the beach or a not so steep ramp I can use the winch. Its also double safety, I just dont trust the tiny "lock" on the winch.
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    I can see how a winch would be the choice for a larger heavy boat, but I am with squirt on this one. No V block or roller to damage the boat. we always walk the boats onto the trailer and the bar works great for boats our size. For the guys that load under power there is nothing to hit if you get a little rough with it. SJ

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    I switched mine to a winch to help in loading and to keep the nose secure duing towing. I love it..

    This is before paint. Its all clean and pretty now... I need to get an updated shot of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 74glencoe View Post
    That looks like a rubber v block, changing it to a poly one would mar the boat less, just a thought.
    The marking up of the bow is not a big deal. It cleans off for the most part. I just don't like the whole winch setup for this type of boat.

    Looks like it's being a matter of personal preference is true for sure. Some people swear by em, some at em. I never had issue with the floater bar. It worked great, was easy to load/unload and the boat never fell off the trailer. All this winch stuff just seems like overkill and a bunch of unnecessary hardware.
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