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    Gatorbak or Tie Down bunk covering

    Is anybody actually using either one of these products. I would like to know if this is a viable option compared to replacing the carpet on my trailer bunks. Any reply's would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!

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    Search function still works........

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerbobber View Post
    Search function still works........
    I did use it. Trying to find current users.

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    I have had GatorBak on my trailer for a couple of years and I love them. Never going back to carpet!
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    Gatorback for 3 years and no major problems.

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    I have had the Tie Down kit (with the 4 four foot long sections) on two trailers and have been very pleased with them. They are pretty slick so I never unhook my winch strap till I get partially in the water. I am sure the Gatorbacks are better, but my solution only cost around $60 plus some deck type screws. I screw the covers into the bunks on the sides. This leaves no screw heads on top. I just ordered a new Load Rite galvanized trailer and I ordered it with their oem slick bunk covers. it will be interesting to see how they work.

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    Got gatorbaks on mine and so far I like em a lot. Ain’t had any issues with em marring the hull. No more carpet for me.

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    Gatorbaks installed last winter, no problems so far, and halted my micro blistering that was starting to develop. I'm happy.
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    I want to personally thank everyone for your reply's. Just as soon as our weather breaks I will be ordering the Gatorbak to install on my trailer.

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    Can you power load with gatorbaks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drami04 View Post
    Can you power load with gatorbaks
    Not really, just put your trailer in deeper

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    x2- power loading means many things. For some guys running a boat up on shallow dry bunks using 5000 rpm. I would imagine this would kill the gatorbacks quickly and it killed my carpet.

    I really just idle my boat up and kill the motor. I crank it up by hand the last 18 inches. last month I loaded in a narrow canal with a cross wind. Some guy came up and asked how I loaded so easy. Gatorbacks with a little silicone coating and a bit of know-how is the answer
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    I have used the Tie Down bunk slicks on my last two boats. These are the ones that are 16" long/10 per package. They screw to the top of the bunks with supplied stainless screws. They work great.
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    how are u guys lifting your boat up to install ? just drop it in the water and do it parking lot ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by padronanniversary View Post
    how are u guys lifting your boat up to install ? just drop it in the water and do it parking lot ?
    Yeap. Drop it the lake. I’m to far from the lake for this. I put a floor jack under the transom with a wooden block for gel coat protection and jack the boat up. Easy and quick.
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    Floor jack for the back, and engine hoist for the bow. It would be easier to dump in the lake if that is an option.
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