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#568502 - 07/12/17 04:50 PM Bunk Replacement
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I had one bunk that was visibly broken and a few others where the carpet was worn. I had an extended period of time where the boat would be off the trailer in order for me install new bunks.



I purchased the material and had my second mate paint the 2x6.



All bunks painted and ready for carpet.



I had all bunks ready for install prior to my trip as the longer ones are 10 feet and would need to be placed inside the boat. The first one installed is always a learning curve. My process was to remove one bunk and then replace with new.

Half way finished.



Finished


I went with 2x6 hem fir and used indoor/outdoor carpet and cut to length and width. I also purchased 1,000 staples for a pneumatic staple gun, it is amazing how many staples I went through. I also purchased all new lag screws and inserted in all 6 holes instead of only 4 holes as previous. I lifted on each bunk and shook the entire trailer and the 2x6 didn't budge.

After removing all the old wood it was very apparent that even though only one bunk was visibly damaged, many areas of the wood had soft spots in it. The old wood will be used to edge a garden area once the carpet has been removed.

The pictures are taken in a trailer storage area, I like to call it a bone yard as many of these boat trailers are placed in storage and forgotten as the boats are often times permanently placed on lifts. It is a shame of the condition of some as a result of being left outside for years.
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#568503 - 07/12/17 06:14 PM Re: Bunk Replacement [Re: On Holiday]
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Bet you couldn't be happier when you son did part of the work. From the look on his face, he felt really good about helping. Win-Win!
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#568507 - 07/12/17 11:32 PM Re: Bunk Replacement [Re: On Holiday]
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Great job and an even better idea to have your first mate help. He'll remember that project for many years.
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#568509 - 07/12/17 11:47 PM Re: Bunk Replacement [Re: On Holiday]
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Agree with GoFirstClass great job having the kids involved.

Getting close to doing mine & was wondering why you went with lag screws versus thru bolting?
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#568515 - 07/13/17 12:31 PM Re: Bunk Replacement [Re: On Holiday]
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Nicely done.
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#568516 - 07/13/17 12:44 PM Re: Bunk Replacement [Re: captkevin]
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Originally Posted By: captkevin
Agree with GoFirstClass great job having the kids involved.

Getting close to doing mine & was wondering why you went with lag screws versus thru bolting?


I went with what was originally there however I could not get 1-1/4" so I went with 1". The longer ones are 3". I didn't want to do any through bolts as I didn't want anything other than carpet being able to touch the boat.
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#568517 - 07/13/17 12:45 PM Re: Bunk Replacement [Re: On Holiday]
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The wheel fenders need some minor adjustments but looked good otherwise.
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#568518 - 07/13/17 12:53 PM Re: Bunk Replacement [Re: On Holiday]
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Why didn't you use pressure treated?
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#568519 - 07/13/17 01:33 PM Re: Bunk Replacement [Re: On Holiday]
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"I didn't want to do any through bolts as I didn't want anything other than carpet being able to touch the boat."

That's what countersinks are for. When I did the bunks on our old trailer, they were bolted through with washers on both sides. So, I did the same and never had a problem as described, but our trailer wasn't in the water more than a couple times a year. And, we live in SoCal with its low humidity. Bunks were try by then time we got home.

Our new, custom trailer also has bolts through, with two nuts (the outside one is a Nylock style) on the bottom for each bolt. All the hardware is SS.
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#568520 - 07/13/17 02:30 PM Re: Bunk Replacement [Re: On Holiday]
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Bob, I didn't want to have to deal with the effects of using PT with the fasteners.

Jack, countersinking would be good however that would mean installing the carpet after the bunks are on and I was doing this work where I couldn't easily get an air compressor to.

I also looked into SS however it was much more expensive, I figured the last set-up used non-treated wood with galvanized fasteners and lasted since 2006 so this should last me longer than I intend to keep the boat/trailer.

I just remembered that I went to the trailer one morning by myself however my second mate (pictured above) was not invited as his attention span would be much shorter than the time my wife allowed me to be away. He ended up walking from the house to the trailer which I later measured with my running GPS watch was .58 miles. He does like to be with me.
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#568528 - 07/14/17 03:36 AM Re: Bunk Replacement [Re: On Holiday]
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"Jack, countersinking would be good however that would mean installing the carpet after the bunks are on....."

I had no problem holding the bolts through the carpet which was put on before installing the carpet on the bunks. I just drilled the holes just a little undersize, and the wood held the bolts enough to get the hardware started underneath. I also did this all by hand--didn't have a compressor then.

BTW. The best thing you did to the untreated wood was treat it with at least primer. Not sure if you put a finish coat (spray can lacquer or oil enamel) on before covering it up with carpet, but that would have sealed things even more.
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