Keel position when trailering

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Keel position when trailering

Postby Mike22 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:38 am

Just bought a 22 Chrysler. It came with the original trailer which is a perfect fit. My question is should I lower the keel to ride in the cradle on the trailer while towing? Or should I let the winch hold the weight with the keel up in trunk?
Thanks for any advice.

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Postby Reality » Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:45 am

I'd lower it, especially for any distance of road trip.

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Postby Mike22 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:59 am

Thanks reality, those were my thoughts also. The lake, Allatoona is only 25 miles away but don't like the idea of the winch/pin holding that weight. I just cringe at the sight of potholes. The boat handles like abeauty at first the listing wakes you up but then like boost the forward motion kicks on and she's
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Postby Guster » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:48 am

I always lower it onto the trailer before I take the mast down. And crank it up just before splashing it.
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Postby astrorad » Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:25 pm

The trailer instructions say to lower keel onto trailer supports when in transit.
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Postby CaptainScott » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:14 am

Agreed 100%!
Lower it!

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Postby Capt. Bondo » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:21 am

Yes, let the trailer carry the weight of the keel, not the boat. (if that makes sense) :?
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Postby Guster » Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:29 am

It's been a while since I had my boat in the water so I forgot to mention this.

If you have the original Chrysler trailer, the keel sits in a "V". The last few times I pulled the boat out of the water I lowered the keel while the boat was hooked to the trailer (winched all the way up on the trailer) but still floating. By doing this the boat automatically centers itself on the trailer. For years I would pull the boat out and check if it was centered. If it wasn't (50% of the time) I would back it in and try again. Then it occurred to me that the "V" was probably meant to guide the keel down onto the trailer. Most of you probably already do this, but if not give it a try. I can't believe I went so long without noticing/trying this. It works slick.

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