Trailer Launching the J80

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Postby bmikiten » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:38 pm

I'm about to purchase a J80 and may be forced to trailer launch while waiting for a slip. The boat will remain rigged in the yard and the ramp deep. If I take a standard trailer and fit it with keel guides is it reasonable to do this?
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Postby aburton » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:52 pm

I can't see why not. I've never tried it myself, though. You'll probably need an extender to get it deep enough.
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Postby bmikiten » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:06 pm

I currently trailer launch a J22 and the heights are similar so I was hoping this would be possible.
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Postby danieljcpa » Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:18 pm

Definitely possible. It takes a little practice to not put the trailer in too deep on the retrieval. if you don't have one, install a good strong winch on top of the trailer ladder so that the strap goes over the top of the bow to reach the cleat on top of the deck.

The other thing that is helpful is a strong double wheel trailer jack on the front of the trailer. When you let the boat down and when you retrieve the boat crank the jack as far down as you can to reduce leverage on the wheel. (a lesson learned the hard way).

This is not as easy as using a hoist, but it is the only way we can get into both lakes we sail at and it works nicely.

2 tries and you will be an expert.
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Postby bmikiten » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:18 pm

This makes sense. My J22 has a small wheel on the tongue and a similar set up with a tongue extender (on a hinge) seems like it would work well. Do you have a photo of your keel guide? I built my last one with PVC and it worked well, didn't corrode but was a bit expensive due to the SS fasteners required.
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Postby lawkozak » Wed May 23, 2012 5:51 pm

Little bit late but for the knowledge base.

We always trailer launched our previous boat a Merit 25 with a 4 foot draft. We needed a extension to get deep enough. You need a keel guide so your keel centers on the pad when you pull out. If the boat is not sitting properly it goes all to h&ll you as the keel falls on the axles.

Back your trailer in just so the front pads are barely out of the water and coast in slowly to the trailer, get your trailer winch hooked onto the boat and have the truck slowly backup as you suck the boat up onto the trailer. The worst thing you can do is start with the trailer to deep.

Our keel guard was made of tube steel. The side guides are removable to make bottom painting easier.

Before you travel any distance make sure you check your wheel bearings as the water will cause them to rust and seize up. Adding bearing buddies does help keep the water out.

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