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Date Modified: 05/08/2017 08:48 AM

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This is about the simplest and most effective, IMHO, trailer keel guide you will find. I use this system on my swing keel VN23 CHIQUITA and it has never let me down in over 40 years. I used heavy wall conduit on Chiquita's trailer. I am experimenting with PVC pipe on Monita. I bent it using a heat gun. Next version will have smoother bends. Maybe.

In a strong cross wind, I let the keel down a little before approaching the trailer. The vertical V shape of the guide lets it slide right down into place. Perfect landing every time, no matter what.

Just my opinion but I think this is more effective than horizontal boards or pipe. It seems to me that with those, unless the keel boards are sharply angled vertically, the keel could easily float over the top of the guide because of the angle of the ramp. Then, when the boat/trailer is pulled up the ramp the boat's keel could settle down on top of the guide. With the vertical V, the boat is automatically centered as the combo is pulled up the ramp even if it was badly misaligned initially.

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