Getting a Jon boat to load straight on trailer

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Getting a Jon boat to load straight on trailer

Post by richg99 » 15 Apr 2018, 11:48

Power loading was ..verboten.. on some ramps in Wisconsin.

I watched some older guys go through a lot of wading and contortions trying to get their boats onto their trailers. And that was with NO current, just lakes.

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Post by eshaw » 15 Apr 2018, 16:24

This is what I use for driving my boat onto the trailer. I haven't tried it in a river though. Should work.
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Post by LDUBS » 17 Apr 2018, 11:49

I guess I'm lucky that every ramp I've ever used (and am likely to use) has docks. Makes it a lot easier to deal with strong wind or currents. I never drove the boat onto the trailer. From the dock, I pulled it on with the bow line, winched it up and the side guides kept it centered. I do have to wade out in about 12" to 18" of water to get to the winch (I ain't balancing on a trailer tongue). I keep a pair of rubber boots in the car if I don't feel like getting wet.

I also like the tall guide-on's. I couldn't see my old trailer in my rear view mirror while backing down a ramp, but I could see the tall side guide ons.
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Post by Bateman » 17 Apr 2018, 13:34

Can't imagine having a trailer without PVC uprights now, after having them. Sometimes in a stiff current I will grab one of the uprights to swing the boat in the needed direction.

Last trailer had the guide bunks on the sides and they were pretty useless. On the ramp the angle put them under the water and under the boat.

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Post by overboard » 17 Apr 2018, 13:54

[quote="LDUBS"] I do have to wade out in about 12" to 18" of water to get to the winch (I ain't balancing on a trailer tongue).

That's why I put a walk board on, the older I get the wider the board! :lol:

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Post by Bateman » 17 Apr 2018, 14:33

Nice. Those are the same I use I believe. 4' height.

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Post by LDUBS » 18 Apr 2018, 00:50

Bateman wrote:
Nice. Those are the same I use I believe. 4' height.
X2. Had the same ones on the old trailer. They are now sitting in the shed waiting for the new trailer to show up.
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Post by LDUBS » 18 Apr 2018, 00:53

overboard wrote:
LDUBS wrote: I do have to wade out in about 12" to 18" of water to get to the winch (I ain't balancing on a trailer tongue).

That's why I put a walk board on, the older I get the wider the board! :lol:
Swing tongue hinge prevented me from doing that on the old trailer. But I like the idea. Might be able to do something with the new trailer. Going to have to be pretty darn wide. Haha.
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Post by jethro » 18 Apr 2018, 10:36

I only power load when it's windy or there is a current. All other times I throw it out by hand and drag it onto the bunks with the bow line. I have a power winch on my big boat, it's awesome.
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Post by eshaw » 18 Apr 2018, 11:31

Loading with a power winch, that's roughing it! :LOL2:

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Post by richg99 » 18 Apr 2018, 12:25

Power Winch

I guess the day I made the decision to buy a power winch was when I slipped ...again...on the launch's slime coating. I decided that one more slip and my fishing days might be over (at my advanced age).

Now, I am INSIDE of the boat while the power winch does its job.
So far, I feel lazy but enjoy it.

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Post by jethro » 19 Apr 2018, 09:36

eshaw wrote:Loading with a power winch, that's roughing it! :LOL2:
Boat is 2400lbs, it sure is nice, let me tell you.
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Post by New River Rat » 20 Apr 2018, 05:22

richg99 wrote:Power loading was ..verboten.. on some ramps in Wisconsin.

I watched some older guys go through a lot of wading and contortions trying to get their boats onto their trailers. And that was with NO current, just lakes.


I suppose I would take a fine. 35º-37º water is no wadeable option for me. I do what I must for big smallmouth.
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Post by eshaw » 20 Apr 2018, 09:11

jethro wrote:
eshaw wrote:Loading with a power winch, that's roughing it! :LOL2:
Boat is 2400lbs, it sure is nice, let me tell you.
I'll just bet it is! I couldn't imagine trying to load a boat that size on my lonesome without some sort of help. What kind of boat is it?

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