$$$ if it's not the boat, it's the trailer...

BoatGuy

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Wow, you live far. I have used Long Island Propellers in Middle Island. They are a lot closer. Mark is a great guy.

The bottom prop doesn't look too bad. Don't see anything wrong with the top prop.
 

Roccus7

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I'm surprised more folks don't take care of their props like that. Balance is everything. (y)
I put a tiny cup in mine, which most folks wouldn't even notice, and ran right out to buy another. Since I tend to put my boat "in harm's way", fishing over, and near to ledges, I'm in the aluminum prop, "Rather trash an aluminum prop than trash my drive train because I use a SS prop" school of propeller selection...
 

BoatGuy

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I never did much maintenance since 2002. Just stupid and just lucky. In 2020 I replaced the tires that were dry rotted. I got a new rim and 2 new tires. I went with the Goodyear Endurance.

I had neglected the trailer for too long. I had to gave attention to the Lug nuts and studs and
  • The lights just didn't need new bulbs. I got a set of lights and ran new wire
  • the trailer winch strap needed to be replaced.
  • the tongue Jack needed replacement. The tongue flexed, and I noticed the bottom had rotted out. Nothing but rust there. I replaced it with Stainless steel. That was a job. I had to get cobalt bits to make holes for ball coupler.
  • The safety chain had rusted away. That was replaced too.
  • Last, but not least, I needed a new multi-ball receiver.
2021 will see me working even more on the trailer. The suspension is starting to rot. I have purchased the torsion Axle crossmember. But I need to install it. I have been putting off taking the boat off the trailer.

The bow rest assembly guide could use replacement too.

That was the before. Now the after
 

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BoatGuy

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BTW: Still have more to do. Have to purchase another V-Bar assembly. Waxed the outside. It now gets a coat of Collinite.
Then I move to the interior of the boat.

So much work, so little time....
 
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BoatGuy

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Boats and Trailers (if applicable) will always need maintenance. Part of the ownership. Yesterday and the day before I wiped down the boat, put my first coat of wax, then the second. Now I have to tackle the inside. Used to be easier when I was younger.
 

Fishing Nerd

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I've owned a trailer for 5 years now, after having the boat docked for the first 5 years I owned it in NYC. My problem with the trailer (in my case, not sure how applicable it is to others) is that I don't really know what kind of routine maintenance and inspection is needed. I know what I need to do to maintain the boat, and I have a service manual to straighten me out if I'm not 100% clear. I can tear the entire thing down if I need to, with step by step instructions.

The manual included with my Load Rite trailer is pretty basic. I do what they specify, I lubricate the hubs twice a year, I rinse the trailer after every outing, and I check the wiring on a regular basis. I'm sure there are other things I should be checking though, and there's not really a good source of information for it. And if I wanted to outsource it, I'm not even sure who does the maintenance - does the trailer go to a mechanic, or to a marina (I bought the trailer before I moved the boat out to the Island, so returning it to the dealer isn't an option).

One thing I know I don't like is the brake lines being galvanized. I know I'm on borrowed time there, and I should replace them with stainless steel.
 

BoatGuy

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And if I wanted to outsource it, I'm not even sure who does the maintenance - does the trailer go to a mechanic, or to a marina (I bought the trailer before I moved the boat out to the Island, so returning it to the dealer isn't an option).
I found a possible good source for trailer repair. My mechanic will do some of it. But you saw the pics earlier in this post regarded the rusty axle. As I get older, I didn't want to do this. I found a place across the street from my mechanic. The owners name is Neil. I found him very easy to work with and a straight forward, no BS sort of guy. They do it all including building custom trailers from scratch. The axle I purchased was not a direct fit. No worries, he did the necessary modifications and it is actually a stronger mount than from the factory. Trailer was in a 4 PM and Ready at 5:30 PM.
 

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