Towing eye Snare where roller doesn’t reach out far enough
Example - Here is an example showing Towing Eye (Aluminium) boats. In the first case ‘All is well’ ….. In the second  the roller does not reach out far enough to stop the boat. Here the more vertical post (with the same winch platform) allows the roller to sit up against the bow with the latch not too far forward. The solution is the Roller Extender allows a ‘quick fix’ without cutting, boring or welding.
Adjustment - Horizontal Adjustment 48 mm max. (4 hole positions) Vertical up/down 40 mm roller support arms Rear hole 121 mm (4”) Front hole 24 mm (1”) 50 mm roller support arms Rear Hole 104 mm (4.8”) Front hole 28 mm (1.1)
The Right Winch Post & Winch Platform
Our guide to the right parts that cope with a range of boats, that you can take to your trailer supplier for correct selection OR have produced to suit your needs. Click here  to open. However it should be noted that the Fibreglass boat copes more easily with a winch post that is more laid back, as opposed to a aluminium boat with a towing eye where a more vertical post gets the roller in the right position.
Whilst there are quite a few weird trailers out there.  Too often  the boat and the trailer are not matched. We will try to show ways around typical issues. Here are some extremes. In some cases it just pays to swap the winch post and/or winch support.
How do I cope if there is not a solid surface for the Latch to mount to… ?
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Latch support shown - note snare to latch angle not optimal here
Example 2
       How do I correct the Wrong Snare to Latch Angle ? One of the most common problems for not getting the best results is having the wrong angle of the Snare to the Latch. This is where the bow is at an extreme angle and/or the trailer has an odd winch post angle.
  A quick solution with the Wedge Kit
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[a]  Replace the Winch Post or Platform            (from Australian source)
Example … here is an Easytow Boat Trailer options...made for Boat Latch.
Summary of answers to Key issues ?
(part of the ‘Wedge Kit’)
Example 1 The trailer requires that the latch be installed too far forward without support at the front of the latch. If you install it this way the latch is likely to bend at the point indicated, when under heavy load.
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How to measure the Latch to Snare Angle ?
[c] How to make your own Winch Post and/or Winch platform ?
See simple cut out guide in ‘Before you Install’ ………………….
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How to change the Latch angle…. if it is not right [1]  Use the L & R ‘Wedge Kit’ which allows you to alter the angle in either direction by 14 0       See the Brochure “The ‘Wedge’ option” on website - under “Installation - detail version” [2] OR change the winch post or winch platform
Use a replacement from your local trailer supplier for one that has a more suitable angle.
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Boat will not Latch when I drive the boat up to the Snare ?
How do I minimise boat movement on the Trailer whilst driving ?
Your boat should be securely held on the trailer - to restrict UP & DOWN movement, (even though the winch is tensioned up). The roller ‘’wedging’ the boat, as shown here. Don’t forget rear tie down straps to secure the rear of the boat if you suddenly have to brake whilst driving.
[a]  Is the trailer aligned properly to the centreline of the trailer ? Essentially the boat needs to travel down the centreline of the trailer, with proper support from each side. When this is right it will also glide far more easily on & off with less effort. The rollers/slides correctly positioned so the boat with minimum force is guided up the centre line of the trailer to meet the Latch. [b] Is the hitting the Snare at the right point shown above ? [c] Is the roller stopping the boat before the hook on the latch can engage ?
More Detail More Detail Centre line of trailer Winch Use the  rollers/slides to ‘centre the  boat Boat L R Distance in from frame to pivot point of rollers/slide
What Position should the latch be in relative to the Snare ?
Boat Trailer
Where the latch should meet the Snare
Hits here
Should wind up at about here
  [ f ]=1 thumb widths     (25 mm or 1”)
When roller/wedge is right up against the bow
Looking from above…. Position should the latch be in relative to the Snare ?
Centreline of the Boat & Trailer
Snare
Should hit here
Latch Support
Front Bolt
Front Bolt goes here
WINCH
Latch
If the Latch was mounted at this location the front would have nothing to mount to and the warranty would be voided.
If you don’t have something to bolt it onto then the Base Plate could bend on extreme impact.
For Example
To solve this problem the ‘Latch Support’ can be used (This is part of the wedge Kit)
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Finger Test 1
Adjusting the Latch relative to the Snare
With boat fully forward, touching the rubber roller/bumper, you should be able to put your finger (thumb width max.), between the latch and the snare. Important : On some trailers you may have to move the roller/bumper so as to let the boat come forward sufficiently.
The Latch should move aside to give a finger (thumb width nax.) spacing as shown in the photo. Note: the Snare, on the boat should be central - if it is not the boat may not be centrally aligned on the trailer.
One thumb width max..
Latch pushed as far as possible to one side.
Finger Test 2
Adjusting the Latch relative to the Snare
What are Finger Tests all about ?
A simple way of setting the distance of the Snare tyo the Latch.
X0 Boat Fibreglass  U-Bolt Snare Trailer X=80   150 + Angle  to horizontal  approx. 150 Bolt Front of Latch supported and bolted
The roller does not reach out far enough to stop the boat
U-Bolt Fibreglass Boat Roller Extender
option
Roller Extender parts highlighted in green
65 0
85 0
1 - No gap between roller & bow. 2 - Adjust [a], [b] & [c] so that the gap [f]      between the Snare and the bar on the        Latch = 1 thumb width (25 mm or 1”)  [f] [a] [b] [c] Winch  not  shown Latch should hit  Snare about here Use a G-clamp to hold the Latch, under the winch plate to find the best location.
Note:- Installation & Use of the L & R Products The products need to be installed, and used, in accordance with the printed instructions on the packaging, printed inserts and the information published on the website www.boatlatch.com. Release & Retrieve takes no responsibility for product that is not installed and used within these guidelines.
The roller needs to stop the boat before it impacts the metal. More common with Towing eye boats.
Roller Supports - Length If they are a bit short you can use the Roller Extender Roller Supports - Angle Short Roller supports may mean you cannot hold the boat back, and the Latch can hit the boat or the Snare hits the front of the Winch Support.  Solution - use the Roller Extender Latch - forward/Rear adjustment A range of holes allows adjustment - forward & back. Can be limited if the Winch Platform length is short. Use Latch Support   Bow Angle Typical shown here - but there are other extremes out there. This throws out the latch/Snare angle. See  &   to compensate.
Winch Post - Angle This is shown at an angle of 65 0  which for Fibreglass boats is normally OK. For Towing Eye (Aluminium) boats moving up to about 85 0  (or replace post) will usually sort out problems, OR use the …….. Roller Extender   to compensate. Winch Post - Forward/Back When installing - start with the winch Post back out of the way. When adjusting - move the Winch Post forward with the Roller/Wedge up against the bow. Winch Platform - Height Move up/down to get the roller/wedge to a point just above the Snare top. You want to ‘wedge’ the boat front so it cannot move up or down on the trailer. Winch Platform - Angle You can adjust this using   the Wedge Kit + 14 0   up or down. Winch Platform - Length Some Winch platforms are short. This robs you of adjustable length, and you may not be able to mount the front bolt on the Latch. You can extend this by using the Latch Support (part of the Wedge Kit).
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You may not need to worry many of these these. Just depends on your present boat/trailer set-up.
[b]  Replace Winch Post or Platform                (from USA source)
More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail
Brackets & fittings separate here
Your decision here will involve the width and depth of the winch post, and the height of the post. Then a suitable winch platform that will fit the post, that is suitable to mount the latch and winch.
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Whilst there are quite a few weird trailers out there.  Too often  the boat and the trailer are not matched. We will try to show ways around typical issues. Here are some extremes. In some cases it just pays to swap the winch post and/or winch support.
Summary of answers to Key issues ?
How to measure the Latch to Snare Angle ?
See simple cut out guide in ‘Before you Install’ ………….
More Detail More Detail
Roller Supports - Length If they are a bit short you can use the Roller Extender Roller Supports - Angle Short Roller supports may mean you cannot hold the boat back, and the Latch can hit the boat or the Snare hits the front of the Winch Support.  Solution - use the Roller Extender Latch - forward/Rear adjustment A range of holes allows adjustment - forward & back. Can be limited if the Winch Platform length is short. Use Latch Support   Bow Angle Typical shown here - but there are other extremes out there. This throws out the latch/Snare angle. See  &   to compensate.
Winch Post - Angle This is shown at an angle of 65 0  which for Fibreglass boats is normally OK. For Towing Eye (Aluminium) boats moving up to about 85 0  (or replace post) will usually sort out problems, OR use the …….. Roller Extender   to compensate. Winch Post - Forward/Back When installing - start with the winch Post back out of the way. When adjusting - move the Winch Post forward with the Roller/Wedge up against the bow. Winch Platform - Height Move up/down to get the roller/wedge to a point just above the Snare top. You want to ‘wedge’ the boat front so it cannot move up or down on the trailer. Winch Platform - Angle You can adjust this using   the Wedge Kit + 14 0   up or down. Winch Platform - Length Some Winch platforms are short. This robs you of adjustable length, and you may not be able to mount the front bolt on the Latch. You can extend this by using the Latch Support (part of the Wedge Kit).
4
6
6
6
2
4
You may not need to worry many of these these. Just depends on your present boat/trailer set-up.
The Right Winch Post & Winch Platform
Our guide to the right parts that cope with a range of boats, that you can take to your trailer supplier for correct selection OR have produced to suit your needs. However it should be noted that the Fibreglass boat copes more easily with a winch post that is more laid back, as opposed to a aluminium boat with a towing eye where a more vertical post gets the roller in the right position.
How do I correct the Wrong Snare to Latch Angle ? One of the most common problems for not getting the best results is having the wrong angle of the Snare to the Latch. This is where the bow is at an extreme angle and/or the trailer has an odd winch post angle.
  A quick solution with the Wedge Kit
More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail
[a]  Replace the Winch Post or Platform            (from Australian source)
Example … here is an Easytow Boat Trailer options...made for Boat Latch.
[c] How to make your own Winch Post and/or Winch platform ?
How to change the Latch angle…. if it is not right [1]  Use the L & R ‘Wedge Kit’ which allows you to alter the angle in either direction by 14 0 . See the Brochure “The ‘Wedge’ option” on website - under “Installation - detail version”.
Use a replacement from your local trailer supplier for one that has a more suitable angle.
X0 Boat Fibreglass  U-Bolt Snare Trailer X=80   150 + Angle  to horizontal  approx. 150 U-Bolt Fibreglass Boat
[b]  Replace Winch Post or Platform                (from USA source)
More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail
Brackets & fittings separate here
Your decision here will involve the width and depth of the winch post, and the height of the post. Then a suitable winch platform that will fit the post, that is suitable to mount the latch and winch.
More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail More Detail
If theTowing eye Snare where roller doesn’t reach out far enough ?
Example - Here is an example showing Towing Eye (Aluminium) boats. In the first case ‘All is well’ ….. In the second  the roller does not reach out far enough to stop the boat. Here the more vertical post (with the same winch platform) allows the roller to sit up against the bow with the latch not too far forward. The solution is the Roller Extender allows a ‘quick fix’ without cutting, boring or welding.
Adjustment - Horizontal Adjustment 48 mm max. (4 hole positions) Vertical up/down 40 mm roller support arms Rear hole 121 mm (4”) Front hole 24 mm (1”) 50 mm roller support arms Rear Hole 104 mm (4.8”) Front hole 28 mm (1.1)
How do I cope if there is not a solid surface for the Latch to mount to ?
More Detail More Detail
Example
(part of the ‘Wedge Kit’)
Example 1….The trailer requires that the latch be installed too far forward without support at the front of the latch. If you install it this way the latch is likely to bend at the point indicated, when under heavy load.
More Detail
Latch Support
Front Bolt
Front Bolt goes here
WINCH
Latch
If you don’t have something to bolt it onto the Base Plate could bend on extreme impact.
For Example…
To solve this problem the ‘Latch Support’ can be used (This is part of the wedge Kit)
More Detail More Detail Bolt Front of Latch supported and bolted
The roller does not reach out far enough to stop the boat
Roller Extender
option
Roller Extender parts highlighted in green
65 0
85 0
The roller needs to stop the boat before it impacts the metal. More common with Towing eye boats.
Latch support shown - note snare to latch angle not optimal here
Boat will not Latch when I drive the boat up to the Snare ?
How do I minimise boat movement on the Trailer whilst driving ?
Your boat should be securely held on the trailer - to restrict UP & DOWN movement, (even though the winch is tensioned up). The roller ‘’wedging’ the boat, as shown here. Don’t forget rear tie down straps to secure the rear of the boat if you suddenly have to brake whilst driving.
[a]  Is the trailer aligned properly to the centreline of the trailer ? Essentially the boat needs to travel down the centreline of the trailer, with proper support from each side. When this is right it will also glide far more easily on & off with less effort. The rollers/slides correctly positioned so the boat with minimum force is guided up the centre line of the trailer to meet the Latch. [b] Is the hitting the Snare at the right point shown above ? [c] Is the roller stopping the boat before the hook on the latch can engage ?
More Detail More Detail Centre line of trailer Winch Use the  rollers/slides to ‘centre the  boat Boat L R Distance in from frame to pivot point of rollers/slide
What Position should the latch be in relative to the Snare ?
Boat Trailer
Where the latch should meet the Snare
Hits here
Should wind up at about here
  [ f ]=1 thumb widths     (25 mm or 1”)
When roller/wedge is right up against the bow
Looking from above…. Position should the latch be in relative to the Snare ?
Centreline of the Boat & Trailer
Snare
Should hit here
Finger Test 1
Adjusting the Latch relative to the Snare
With boat fully forward, touching the rubber roller/bumper, you should be able to put your finger (thumb width max.), between the latch and the snare. Important : On some trailers you may have to move the roller/bumper so as to let the boat come forward sufficiently.
The Latch should move aside to give a finger (thumb width nax.) spacing as shown in the photo. Note: the Snare, on the boat should be central - if it is not the boat may not be centrally aligned on the trailer.
One thumb width max..
Latch pushed as far as possible to one side.
Finger Test 2
Adjusting the Latch relative to the Snare
What are Finger Tests all about ?
A simple way of setting the distance of the Snare tyo the Latch.
1 - No gap between roller & bow. 2 - Adjust [a], [b] & [c] so that the gap [f]      between the Snare and the bar on the        Latch = 1 thumb width (25 mm or 1”)  [f] [a] [b] [c] Winch  not  shown Latch should hit Snare about here Use a G-clamp to hold the Latch, under the winch plate to find the best location.
Note:- Installation & Use of the L & R Products The products need to be installed, and used, in accordance with the printed instructions on the packaging, printed inserts and the information published on the website www.boatlatch.com. Release & Retrieve takes no responsibility for product that is not installed and used within these guidelines.
[2] OR change the winch post or winch platform
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The L-&-R boat latch has been granted an International Patent. Persons or Organizations who are found to be in breach of this patent will be prosecuted to the full extent of the International patent laws. © Copyright Release & Retrieve Boat Latch Pty Ltd, 2006 and "L-&-R" is a Trademark of Release & Retrieve Boat Latch Pty Ltd
If the Latch was mounted at this location the front would have nothing to mount to and the warranty would be voided.
U-Bolt Boat
Install Section
Aust.  0402 079 660Int.+61 402 079 660            Geoff Davis