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H23.5 trailer

Nov 1, 2014
10
H23.5 H23.5 Bradenton fl
I have The original 1993 Hunter 23.5 boat and trailer and Hunter and serial number Stamped on the trailer. With the boat Bow eye I’ll be against the bow stop on the trailer, if I board the ladder at the stern of the boat the front of the trailer pops up ???? Obviously there’s no Tongue weight but why , There’s no room for adjustment ?? I’ve noticed another 23.5 hunters on trailers they have four bunk supports on each side I only have three. My bunks are 12 foot long 2 x 6s . Anybody come across this issue ?? Thanks joe
 

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Feb 21, 2013
2,363
Hunter 46 Point Richmond, CA
Welcome to the forum!!

An internet search on Hunter 23.5 trailer looks like yours. Does your sailboat sit securely without movement on the trailer, bow secured to the trailer with a clip in hook, stern strapped to the trailer?
 
Jan 19, 2010
9,668
Hunter 26 Charleston
How much gear do you have stowed in the aft berth area? You may need to move your batteries and other stuff into the V-berth for towing.
 
Jun 2, 2004
3,105
Hunter 23.5 Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida
I have a 95 and my Hunter trailer has four supports along the bunks. My bunks end three feet in front of the stern at that point.

I noticed the same thing a few times after I bought it. I have since moved the batteries under the v berth and added a second axle to the trailer. It happened most often when the locker in the cockpit were full of stuff check that first. I see a lot of boats with a tounge jack mounted on the back of the trailer to prevent that surprise, a bit easier than adding a second axle.
 
Nov 1, 2014
10
H23.5 H23.5 Bradenton fl
Welcome to the forum!!

An internet search on Hunter 23.5 trailer looks like yours. Does your sailboat sit securely without movement on the trailer, bow secured to the trailer with a clip in hook, stern strapped to the trailer?
No movement, trailer stern strap, bow eye all the way up on the trailer bow stop . No gear or weight in the stern that can be removed . I like the trailer , just odd for the trailer to pop up while trying to board the stern ladder when not attached to the truck .and I’ve had had a lot of boat trailers over the past 45 yrs . I use jack stands and wood under the stern and raise the tongue jack til the stern touches the wood on the jack stands . But , you have to remember to remove the stands before raising the tongue to hitch to the truck , or to much pressure on the stern with the jack stands , that can spell disaster!!! I just bought the boat , going to replace the trailer bunks a couple of supports and all the bolts and nuts . It has a nice beefy new axle ,springs , hubs and tires/galvanized rims . Turnbuckle bent from previous owner (I replaced that ) and gin pole slight bend ( is that a problem ) ???? Not sure I like the t-ball mast stay wires ???? I’m used to mast tangs that I think are easy to inspect. Welcome to any opinions on this stay wire design. Like to inspect the swing keel rope , some way easy !!! Previous owner put 10 lbs of silicon around the windows !!!!! Ballast valve seal may need replacement, does the ballast tank stay full while under way with a bad seal ????? Where’s the fresh water tank 5 gals ) the hose is disconnected . Anybody step the mast after launched , difficult or not recommended????? Otherwise pretty sleek and spacious design. Joe
 
Jan 19, 2010
9,668
Hunter 26 Charleston
You mentioned changing the lift line.... see attached PDF for a step-by-step how to...

Also I am curious how your trailer tows. For my boat, unless I have a few hundred pounds on the hitch, the boat yaws terribly while towing.
 

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Jun 2, 2004
3,105
Hunter 23.5 Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida
You don't have something silly like a 25hp motor hanging off the back do you?
 
Aug 12, 2018
85
Hunter 26 Carter Lake, Colorado
It really isn't unusual for a small boat on a single axle trailer to lift the tongue if you stand on the back of it.

The 23.5 weighs 2000# without the water ballast, according to sailboatdata.com, and I'm guessing the trailer might weigh 500-750#, so the tongue weight might be around 250-300# without accounting for any gear/outboard motor/etc.

Standing on the boarding ladder exerts pretty good leverage on the whole thing.

I don't think there is anything wrong here, you just need to be aware before you climb on board. No problem if you're currently hitched (assuming the bow is tied down, not just attached to the trailer winch). Otherwise, just put jack stands, blocks, whatever beneath the back end of the trailer frame before climbing aboard.

I used to have the same problem with my Catalina 22, and it weighed more than the Hunter 23.5. I haven't had that problem with my Hunter 26, but it is on a 2-axle trailer.
 
Nov 1, 2014
10
H23.5 H23.5 Bradenton fl
6 Hp Tohatsu long shaft !!! I wasn’t really surprised by the tongue popping up when boarding the stern ladder . It looked like it had no tongue weight when i first saw the boat on the trailer !!!
 
Nov 1, 2014
10
H23.5 H23.5 Bradenton fl
I going to move the winch support forward and maybe ad 6inches of square tubing that the tongue extension slides into
 
Nov 1, 2014
10
H23.5 H23.5 Bradenton fl
I launched the other day couldn’t get the bow up flush to trailer bow bumper . Going to slide the winch mount forward and maybe add 6 inches to trailer to slide the winch mount 6 more inches to the front . Not going to do the “ hunter bump “ .
 
Jun 8, 2004
8,615
-na -NA Anywhere USA
You need to do the hunter bump. Trying to pull the bow to the chick, most people do not realize as you pull the boat out, the bow will raise up as the boat is level while the trailer is at an angle in the water when loading up. I have seen bow eyes pulled out
 
Jun 2, 2004
3,105
Hunter 23.5 Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida
I found I can tighten the strap go to the stern and with some effort wiggle and push it forward tighten the strap again, lather rinse repeat till its all the way up. Some soap on the bunks helps too.