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Old    Taft Leissner (tl7)      Join Date: Feb 2005       06-13-2011, 7:53 AM Reply   
Which do you prefer and why? Trying to decide. I like that with a roller there is no exposed winch strap - it's basically winched tight against the bow eye.

I guess the benefit to the bow stop is greater weight displacement? Seems this option would be affected by ramp angles. Thoughts?
Old    Harold Hemming (h20king)      Join Date: Dec 2009       06-13-2011, 8:44 AM Reply   
I have both but given a choice I would go with the bow stop every time.It allows you to get the boat on the trailer in the same spot every time and in the case of an emergence stop it will keep the boat out of the bed of the truck.
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Old    Jeff D (Jeff)      Join Date: May 2010       06-13-2011, 11:12 AM Reply   
The only real disadvantage of the traditional inboard bow stop is that it can be hard to get your cover on if you put the rub rail tight against the boards. To compensate for this many people don't put the boat all the way up which can affect how much it bounces around and what not.

I have the roller and I get it in the same spot every time when the bow eye hits the roller so that's not really an issue.

I could see where bow stops would give you more flexibility to put the trailer real deep in the water if necessary. If my trailer is too deep the rub rail will come up under the roller. If you weren't paying attention in that scenario you could damage it. If I need to load deep due to a particular launch I have to get the boat all most all the way onto the trailer then pull out to normal depth and pull it up the rest of the way.


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