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 Post subject: Re: Northwind
PostPosted: Aug 8th, '18, 19:16 
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If you've got any hint of a wobble beneath about 120kph (in other words not rock solid stable at 110kph) you really need to get it sorted out or it will bite you one day when you leave something heavyish down a quarter berth instead of in the V berth.

From memory the X trail (or at least Greg's 2002) isn't supposed to be fitted with stabiliser bars, which would allow you to move weight forward (increase the coupling weight) without overwhelming the rear suspension. Presumably the structure the tow bar is mounted to isn't suitable for taking the bending moment, though in my experience the bars reduce the down moment due to the coupling weight about the towbar mountings to near neutral, which shouldn't pose a problem.

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PostPosted: Aug 9th, '18, 09:04 
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Thanks INMA good advice I will get the tape out and check that all is good. :)

Zebedee I was given an old set of stabilizer bars which had to clean up. They are missing the chain and at the moment I only drive 5 min to the ramp but it won't be long till we go on longer trips .
I have been reluctant to use them as I did see that xtrails my not be the best fit but I will have a go.
I did leave the tiller on but removed the outboard left the sails and fuel on board . I find it hard to center the boat any tips ?

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After some advice on a electric trailer winch?
Was looking at 2000 pound winch from BCF or whitworths will that be big enough?
The main reason is for the mast and I know that will do but I am wondering if will do the boat?

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You will find lots of options for electric winches.

Retail sellers are likely to be expensive.

I suggest a winch like this:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/X-BULL-4500 ... 280deb541b

It has enough capacity for a single line pull of your yacht but comes with a block and enough line to double the pull reducing the stress on the winch.

Electric winches are only as good as the electric cables powering the winch. Zebedee suggests welding cable. I use truck jumper leads cut to suit. What ever you doyou need heavy duty cables and after you start winching, get the engine running to keep the voltage high. You can winch using just the car battery but its stressful on the battery.

The American power winches are a pain to use, its hard manual work to strip the cable off the winch and they don't have reverse.

The chinese winches seem to survive, partly because the work on a boat trailer is reasonably light duty.

With any winch, they need servicing with gears lubricated and bearings oiled.





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I forgot to mention, for the mast, something like this is fine.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Hand-Winch- ... itleDesc=0

Look at the Mac gregor mast winch setup, its simple and works perfectly.

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Thanks INMA I was being a tight ass and looking at one with cable and 1400 kg .
I like the dyneema and 2000 kgs and I do have some large cable I thought I would never use. Good recommendation.

I was hoping to use the winch solo for the mast :lol:

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