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dzgorvad
Posted: Sep 17, 2018 - 05:27 pm


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Just discovered that one of my trailer bunks broke (shore lander) after trying to get the boat back in this weekend. The wood broke in the middle but the carpet is keeping it together.
Are they easy to make or should I just buy new ones. If purchasing, any recommendations. Live in the North York area. Gives me an excuse to launch my boat an fix at the dock. Thanks.

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Rdevries
Posted: Sep 17, 2018 - 06:10 pm


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Buy a piece of marine grade 3/4 plywood cut to size. Pull the carpet off the existing and staple to the new one. reattach hinges and should be good.

Unless your existing carpet is glued on

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Mikefishing
Posted: Sep 17, 2018 - 06:19 pm


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Just did mine this year, real easy! Bought 2"x6" PT which is what I needed for mine. Bought carpet on amazon, and spray glue 3M #76 from tenaquip on line. Used galvanized and some stainless hardware. Made the bunks up ahead of time. Put the boat in the lake and took he trailer home. Removed bunks and just copied the hardware install. All done in about 4 hours. Just check if useing PT use galvanized hardware not stainless apparently stainless reacts with PT in a bad way.. cleaned up the rust on the trailer at the same time.
Good luck!

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Posted: Sep 17, 2018 - 07:36 pm


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2x4 or 2x6 cedar, no worry about rotting.

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Posted: Sep 17, 2018 - 09:32 pm


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I had the same issue on my Shorelander trailer 2 years ago.

The wood rot is caused by the fact they wrap the carpet on all four sides of the bunk, so the wood never gets a chance to dry out.

I bought pressure treated wood and cut to length. I also bought indoor/outdoor carpet and cut it to fit on the top and sides of the bunks, leaving the bottom clear so that the water drips clear and the wood can dry. I fastened the carpet to the bunks with galvanized roofing nails.

I jacked one side of the boat up off the trailer, removed the bunk, took the hardware off and put on the new bunk. Put the new bunk back. lowered the boat down and did the other side the same way.

Worked like a charm.

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Joe58C
Posted: Sep 18, 2018 - 11:55 am


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I had broken bunks on my trailer, replaced them with 2x6 x 10Ft PT. For the carpet i went to Home Depot and they cut me 4 strips 14 inches wide x 12 feet long of the brown outdoor carpet.
I had to trim the length down to fit on the 10 ft PT.. very happy how it turned out.. and the carpet was much cheaper than buying bunk carpeting.

good luck!

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Posted: Sep 19, 2018 - 10:14 am


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Do as sdcaller did and leave the bottom of the bunk bare so the wood can dry properly. We had the same issue, bought PT and reused the carpet as it wasn't too bad.

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Posted: Sep 20, 2018 - 08:37 pm


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QUOTE (Joe58C @ Sep 18, 2018 - 11:55 am)
I had broken bunks on my trailer, replaced them with 2x6 x 10Ft PT. For the carpet i went to Home Depot and they cut me 4 strips 14 inches wide x 12 feet long of the brown outdoor carpet.
I had to trim the length down to fit on the 10 ft PT.. very happy how it turned out.. and the carpet was much cheaper than buying bunk carpeting.

good luck!

This is what I did on my last boat trailer. I'll be doing the same when I eventually do the bunks on the new one!

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Posted: Sep 23, 2018 - 05:45 pm


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what is PT? thanks

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Posted: Sep 23, 2018 - 06:21 pm


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Pressure Treated wood

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Posted: Sep 25, 2018 - 12:54 pm


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try some 3/4" marine grade plywood

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