Help! Boat trailer issue

Greenie08

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This summer I was given a 17’ slyvan super sportster on a shoreline trailer. The boat has been sitting on my patio while we worked on gutting it and fixing some issues. Today I decided it needed to be loaded undercover. Hooked it up got it backed it and now the back end is heavy and it raises the hitch off the ground. I am not sure why, anyone have any pieces of advice to figure out what’s going on.
 

GA_Boater

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Welcome aboard.

Have you replaced all stuff after gutting her? It's all a matter of weight distribution.
 

Greenie08

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Everything I pulled out is now sitting in the front of the boat. I just took some pictures. Another thing to add. The boat was perfectly level before i moved it. Moved it and now all the weight wants to sit int he back end. Made sure it didn't have alot of water sitting in it. It didnt move on the trailer. Any thoughts?
This summer I was given a 17’ slyvan super sportster on a shoreline trailer. The boat has been sitting on my patio while we worked on gutting it and fixing some issues. Today I decided it needed to be loaded undercover. Hooked it up got it backed it and now the back end is heavy and it raises the hitch off the ground. I am not sure why, anyone have any pieces of advice to figure out what’s going on.
 

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GA_Boater

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If the transom drain plug is in - Pull it.

What all did you move around?
 

Greenie08

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Already out, checked for water there was a little not enought to even come out of the hole on its own. Everything was pulled up, from the driver/passenger console forward the the front of the boat. Everything that was pulled up is now sitting in the front of the boat loose, but still the same amount of weight. I moved it total less than 100 yards.
 

Greenie08

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Up, everything is the same as it sat before I moved it, nothing was changed beside the location. All the straps are tight, so I don’t think it moved on the trailer
 

Mark ofs

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The concrete block on top of the trailer behind the spare tire, was that on the trailer prior too? or, was that just added to help get the tongue down? If it was there prior to the move, is it still in the same position or has it slid back towards the boat?
 

Lowlysubaruguy

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I do not see any evidence of this but pictures are often not worth 1000 words. Has your winch post slide rear ward. This could cause what you have going on. If you slide it forward about three inches how does your boat sit and what did that do to you get weight.
 

Greenie08

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The concrete block on top of the trailer behind the spare tire, was that on the trailer prior too? or, was that just added to help get the tongue down? If it was there prior to the move, is it still in the same position or has it slid back towards the boat?
The block was added to try and get the tongue down.
 

Greenie08

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I do not see any evidence of this but pictures are often not worth 1000 words. Has your winch post slide rear ward. This could cause what you have going on. If you slide it forward about three inches how does your boat sit and what did that do to you get weight.
I didn’t see that it moved but I wasn’t really looking, the winch was still tight, and it appeared to be sitting at the same place where the roller coaster facts the boat
 

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OK, you're worried over nothing. Work on the boat is ongoing and the weight isn't normal.

Drop the tongue on the ground with blocks or sand bags or a neighbors kid. Put some blocking under both rear corners of the trailer and have the kid step off or remove the weight. Use the trailer jack to level the boat and dgo back to working her.
 

sphelps

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Just looking at the picture from the side , you need to move the axle back ..
It kinda looks at midship or worse now ...Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me ..
 

skuhleman

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Just looking at the picture from the side , you need to move the axle back ..
It kinda looks at midship or worse now ...Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me ..
Absolutely, that axle is way too far forward! Looking at the picture that shows the front of the axle, looks like there is a U bolt missing around the frame to the axle/ leaf assembly.

Betting the whole assembly slid forward when you backed the trailer up. You need to get it back where its supposed to be then put Ubolts around the frame and through the 2 holes in that leaf spring bracket
 

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briangcc

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Granted I've only ever owned fiberglass boats but to me, that axle looks too far forward. I'd look at moving that back some to rebalance your load.

Right now, the way that trailer is setup, the motor is acting like a huge counterweight pulling that trailer tongue up in the air.
 
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