I just took delivery on my new TI and Trailex SUT-450-AID trailer w/ Hobie cradles. My previous Cat trailers carried the hulls on rollers and were very easy to move on and off the trailers.
The Hobie Cradles for the TI are lined with a gray rubber pads. The TI is less than 200 lbs., but difficult to slide on the trailer. Has anyone used some type of lubricant on the cradles to ease TI movement ?
Question 2: What Is the "best" TI position (fore & aft) on the cradles w/ 65" centerline ?
I have a couple AIs and although lighter than a TI they are still a bit of a hassle to slide onto a trailer. I made life easier by using the grey rubber cradle pads as templates and cutting out pads from a couple of carpet tiles. I glued these to the cradles using contact adhesive, and due to the low friction they make sliding the AI onto the trailer a breeze.
I'm then using ratchet straps to secure the boats to the trailer when traveling , so I can't see the point in having the rubber pads in the cradles as you just end up fighting them......!