Sorry for the long post, but I have some new info you might find useful.
Below are some photos of a few mods I made to my Trailex. I added a Trailex winch post
, bow stop
, & winch
. You'll have to call Trailex and specifically ask for the bow stop
, as it's not listed as an accessory. I also ordered 4 extra web-strap clips (tie-down u-bolts).
To get the parts, I went to the Trailex web site and clicked on the button for Sport Utility Trailers
Once you're there, choose the SUT-200-S
trailer (at the top).
Once on the page for the SUT-200-S, scroll down and you'll see several accessories listed. Those are the parts I ordered (don't forget to ask for the bow stop (or was it a "bow support?"))
When the parts arrived, I didn't assemble them per the plans, but instead rigged them in my own configuration with some additional aluminum stock from Home Depot and two Y-stops from Bass Pro Shop. Here's how things came out...
Bow stop, winch post, winch, and two Y-stops:
Closer view from side:
Here's how I tie the boat down...
CargoBuckles (two total) mounted to the trailer with the optional mounting brackets. It's important not to overtighten. Note the Trailex roller mounted just behind the tail lights. This saved my hull when I accidently dropped it onto the roller while unloading:
I had to drill 7/16" holes through the trailer's cross bars, and buy two grade-5 bolts, each 4-inches long, along with washers:
I mounted the two CargoBuckles so they both sit between the port ama and the main hull. Note that BoatBuckles are currently too short as they only extend to 4 feet, hence the CargoBuckles, which extend to 6 feet. However, the CargoBuckles aren't stainless steel (rats):
Each ama gets two bungees (one at the front cross bar, & one at the rear (shown)):
Also, I put two bungees over the bow and leave the winch connected to the T-handle as a "just-in-case measure":
Thus far, I've taken a single 100-mile trip with the trailer in this configuration and had excellent results. The CargoBuckles were a dream to use; quick & easy, but they aren't the best at preventing the boat from sliding backwards while on the road. The winch proved to be a real asset. It kept the boat from sliding back too far while on the road. Moreover, it was of GREAT help as the ramp was steep and the boat was too heavy for me to pull it onto the trailer at day's end. I simply connected the hook to the T-handle and winched 'er right onto the trailer with a HUGE smile on my face. Finally, the four bungees on the amas are also quick & simple, and they do a great job at preventing the amas from bouncing off the trailer.
I hope all this helps.