fabricate bow plate for San Juan 21?

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  1. sigfinity
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    sigfinity sigfinity

    I have a San Juan 21 with a constant wear issue on the bow when being trailered. Anyone know a resource to fabricate a bow plat for this hull?

    Direction is much appreciated.

    Sigfinity.
     
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    The easiest would be to laminate a few layers of mat on the wear area. It can be easily repaired after when necessary.
     
  3. messabout
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    messabout Senior Member

    After repair, determine the cause of the wear. Chances are that the trailer is a bit bendy which jiggles the bow up and down enough to wear against whatever bow chock you are using. Trailers with a single element tongue are bad about doing this. Better to fix the problem at its source than to repeat repairs.
     
  4. sigfinity
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    sigfinity sigfinity

    Gonzo and Messabout.
    Thanks for the responses.
    You are both right.

    I have been doing as Gonzo suggests but was hoping to score the bowplate
    And be done with it.

    Sig
     

  5. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    Really, the bow plate will be far more trouble than a proper Vee made of rubber mounted on the trailer. Usually, the Vee is mismatched to the trailer because it was set up originally to fit a particular bow and there's no adjustment for the new bow.
    Take the boat and trailer to a welder and an hour later the boat will fit the trailer correctly.
     
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