An alternative to the bump

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An alternative to the bump

Post by Interim » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:28 am

We had to pull our 26s out a couple weeks ago because of flooding at our lake, and of course the boat didn't get all the way on the trailer. We gave it a few bumps and got it closer to the V, but it was still a couple inches short by the time we got home.

I wrapped a lifting strap around the transom and ran the ends forward along the sides of the hull. I attached the strap ends to a come-along that was hooked to the front of the trailer and winched the boat snug into the V. While this means taking a couple more items to the marina when we haul it out, it certainly felt safer than doing the Macgregor bump.


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Re: An alternative to the bump

Post by Tedd » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:32 pm

I like that idea. I have some nice long, heavy-duty cargo straps that I might start taking with me in the truck. Normally, I get the boat pretty snugly into the Vee, but I agree that this method is better than the "bump" for those times when it doesn't get all the way up, or slips back.

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Re: An alternative to the bump

Post by March » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:12 am

The other possibility is, once you winch the boat all the way up to the "V" in the water, pull it out; as the boat settles on the trailer, there will be a space. Back the trailer up into the water and winch it more tightly. I have found that after two such attempts, the boat sits snugly almost all the way to the "V". You don't need the bump which is cool, but risky.

Others have suggested squirting some liquid dishwashing detergent on the carpeted bunks, to make winching easier. I keep forgetting to do that, but I will certainly try it at some point

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Re: An alternative to the bump

Post by Funtasia » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:25 pm

The “bump’ has always worked for us. It felt uneasy the first time, but it’s nearly fun now. Important info from earlier posts: 1. Have about two inches slack in winch line ( this takes the downward pressure off the trailer)
2. After a nice forward roll (about 5 mi/hr) heavy into brakes. And a satisfying ‘wup’ and she set in the V.
It’s needed due to the geometry of flat water and slopes ramp. Also had to do this with my 26’ power cruiser -even with roller deck.

Recently replaced carpet and wood with new wood AND date-expired FIRE HOSE. (It was free) And it is tough and works great. (FYI- those hoses have a time limited shelf life as a fire hose-so out they go)y. Wrapped in for continuous coverage of the bunk. Secured by screws from the bottom side.

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Re: An alternative to the bump

Post by Chinook » Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:11 pm

I find the bump to also be a good confirmation that the trailer brakes still work. When I do the bump with functioning brakes, the boat slides right into position with a satisfying thump. On those occasions when the brakes have decided to quit (for various reasons), the boat/trailer tends to just shove the truck ahead, and I have to go quite a bit faster, and really slam the truck brakes to get the boat to slide.

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