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Rob Moffat
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Initially Posted - 09/30/2018 :  16:23:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have a 1984 C25 swing keel. I am wanting to and trailer guide posts any recommendations on length of post would be greatly appreciated.

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Rob and Kathy Moffat
Liberty,#4673
Rocky Fork Lake, OH

Dave5041
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Response Posted - 09/30/2018 :  18:50:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Flexible and a little higher than the toe rail with the trailer submerged for loading. I will be adding PVC posts at the end of my trailer this year. That is well aft of maximum beam and they will flex as the max beam passes. I will go with a standard 10' length and mark them for cutting when I recover Pearl. You could go with more rigidity and mount them farther forward if you choose, but they need to extend above the rub rail. Getting the boat centered so the keel can be lowered can be a real PIA with wind and current.


Dave B. aboard Pearl
1982 TR/SK/Trad. #3399
Lake Erie/Florida Panhandle
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hewebb
Admiral

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Response Posted - 10/01/2018 :  05:42:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made mine out of 1 1/2" pipe and slid a piece of 2" PVC over the pipe. It rolls when hit. There times when the boat will hit them fairly hard. I also marked them for water depth required to float the boat off the trailer. They are adjustable in and out and about in line with the jib winches.

1988 WK/SR w/inboard diesel Joe Pool Lake
Hobie 18 Lake Worth



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Erik Cornelison
Navigator

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Response Posted - 10/01/2018 :  08:55:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got some great ones on my Catalina trailer that came with my boat. I can measure my trailer guide posts height next week & take a picture. They work well and slide in-out to adjust for launching (the post slide out for widest part of boat to pass while loading/unloading) and slide in when the boats on the trailer so its not so wide down the highway.

They are metal posts with rollers where they might touch the boat.

hewebb says he used pipe with PVC, that's a cool idea too to make one.

I personally wouldn't just use PVC, they will break off.
Erik

Erik Cornelison
6th Generation Professional Sailor, First Gen Submarine Sailor.
1986 Standard Rig SW. #5234

Edited by - Erik Cornelison on 10/01/2018 10:22:31
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Dave5041
Former Mainsheet Editor

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Response Posted - 10/01/2018 :  18:53:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1" pvc is pretty flexible and I'll remove them after recovery. I just want a little pressure if she drifts off center and a visual aid if I have a helper.


Dave B. aboard Pearl
1982 TR/SK/Trad. #3399
Lake Erie/Florida Panhandle
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