I have a 16 foot aluminum Tracker Grizzly (modified V hull). Boat itself weighs 400 lbs. Outboard motor, around 90 lbs. I have about 10 inches available from the transom keel to the very ends of the bunks. I know it wouldnt make too much tongue weight difference to put the boat on the trailer closer to the back edge of the bunks, but every ounce I can off the tongue would be best. It's quite heavy right now. I pull this boat with a 2003 Taurus with a Class 1 hitch. Works fine, I just prefer less tongue weight if I can get it.
What's the safe zone for having a boat on the bunks? Should the very furthest back be the transom keel aligned with the bunks? Or can it be a little further? Bunks are carpeted 2x4s and overhang the rear trailer crossmember by about 10 inches or so.
Right now the motor is off and I've pushed the boat to that very back point of the bunks. Boat nearly has all of its weight on the forward crossmember of the trailer (trailer only has two crossmembers. Very little weight on the rear crossmember - almost teeters on it (but no motor though). Is this as far back as I should go?
How about the bow hitch? Should the winch strap connect to the bow eye below the rubber stop (in my case it's a roller type) or above it? I think below but I want to make sure. Previous owner had it below but it was so close to the roller the strap hook is digging into the rubber.