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Tony Hain
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bow eye

Post by Tony Hain » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:18 pm

Any guide to the positioning of the bow eye. Especially to the height for fastening to the trailer.
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Re: bow eye

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:31 pm

Tony

Great to see you on.

This is a which came first the chicken or the egg question. If you have a trailer and the winch is not adjustable, match the trailer. If the winch is adjustable, put the eye where you want it then match the winch to it. Some people have a tall winch and don't have a bow eye at all. They hook to a deck cleat!

if I can I like the winch strap coming under the roller. Then the bow can't go up in hard braking.

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Re: bow eye

Post by Tony Hain » Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:16 pm

I would prefer a deck cleat. It would make putting on a cutwater easier, but I guess if I went with a bow eye, the higher the better?
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Re: bow eye

Post by mrintense » Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:38 pm

Not sure if you have a trailer yet, but after you decide where to put the bow eye, just make sure you get a trailer with an adjustable winch.
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Re: bow eye

Post by gdcarpenter » Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:57 pm

KInd of unconventional but I installed my trailer upside down on my framed hull to determine the bow eye location :)
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Re: bow eye

Post by hoodman » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:35 pm

I put my bow eye where I thought it looked good on the boat. I should have put it lower because it has caused problems with my trailer set up. Instead of pulling in line with the winch or up a little it pulls down on the bow eye especially as the boat gets closer to where it's supposed to be. This makes it really difficult to winch the boat all the way onto the trailer. And in order to minimize this, I have to have the winch above the bow stop. Which as Bill points out, is not ideal. Now I have to get a taller winch post. If you are getting a custom trailer made later then you can put it wherever you want or have the winch pull a cleat on the deck as you suggest.
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Re: bow eye

Post by Hercdrvr » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:05 pm

I like the bow eye on the low side of the stem to keep the bottom light up front as I winch. If I had it over, I would have mounted the eye a couple inches lower on the Malahini.
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Re: bow eye

Post by Tony Hain » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:25 am

Thanks for everyone's advice. I have the trailer plans from Glen L and a friend who is a pretty good welder so I guess when the time comes I can have the winch where-ever I want it. But I see the logic of having the bow eye a lot lower than I was thinking of placing.
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Re: bow eye

Post by Bill Edmundson » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:14 pm

Tony

I know that there are a lot of shallow angle ramps down there. A lower eye would give you a better pull angle.

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