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Major Tom



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C-Dory Year: 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:33 pm    Post subject: Problem with target bunks on new trailer Reply with quote

Does anyone know the correct placement of target bunks for a CD22? My old Load Rite trailer didn't have target bunks. But I just got a new Load Rite Elite aluminum trailer, and the target bunk brackets on the rear end of the bracket is too low, by about 5", so there's a space.




Initially both the front and rear brackets were too low, so the dealer (CR's Marine) called Load Rite back and got the "tallest brackets they make". He just fitted them and as mentioned above, the front of the target bunk fits well but the rear is too low.

The good news is that the boat rests well on the rear and center main bunks, and is balanced well... after they adjusted the rear and center bunks and lowered the boat onto the trailer (and when the target bunks were still so low they weren't touching the boat), you could actually rock the boat up and down a little from the bow. I think that's how you want it, isn't it? (rear bunks extend past the transom by 2", tongue weight is perfect).

So the target bunks don't support much weight, but of course I'd like the extra support and insurance. This year we're taking a 2,000 mile trip, and I want to insure that it's set up properly.

The dealer jsut revealed to me that he never told Load Rite my boat model when he ordered it, thus some of the issues. That's another story, and I'm making the dealer make it right, and I also have a call into Load Rite to discuss this. Worst-case I guess I could have a metal shop make me brackets, but I hope to avoid that.

However, since our C-Dory's are a little unusual, I thought I'd see what others have experienced. How are your target bunks fitted?

Also, while Iím at it, the rear bunks are 8Ē in from the chine. Is that right? I seem to remember Bob Austin saying somewhere that the bunks should be about 2/3 out from the center keelÖ?


Thanks!

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Joined: 23 Mar 2013
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City/Region: Ocklawaha
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C-Dory Year: 2011
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The target bunks on my Load Right trailer are about 2 inches below the boat on my 25. Iíve helped set up a couple of other Load Right trailers this way and everyone smiles when they load. Not sure on a 22 but the target bunks are optional. I towed my 25 about 6000 miles last year with no problems other than flat tires but thatís another story.

Hope this helps. Tom

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Major Tom



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Tom, that's good info. I never had any trouble launching or loading on my old Load Rite without target bunks. Think I'm going to set it just flush with the boat to begin with and drop them down later if I need to.

Spoke with Load Rite yesterday, they make bracket sizes all the way up to 30". The current read brackets are 12", and are 3.5" too short. So I just have to get a bracket that will adjust up to 15.5".

Thanks!
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