||Trailer Tricks: The Bottle Bumper
posted on June 20, 2012
|A no-scratch, no-slip solution |
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This hack comes from across the pond: Alex Binkowski, the Head Coach of London Youth Rowing and the Mossbourne Rowing Academy, sent this hack over in honor of the impending festivities at Henley -- a neat trick that the Brits use when they trailer boats, to cradle and cushion the decks of smaller boats.
Coach Binkowski writes:
This is a very simple hack. It actually scared me when I first arrived in the UK. I couldn't believe it would work, thought it would scratch the boats, but it is so cheap and effective. Instead of using foam to pad small boats when they are tied down to the boat trailer for transportation, it is common practice in the UK to use an empty water bottle.
They are readily available, don't cost a thing, and can easily be shaped by letting air out to fit the deck of the boat. You can easily find a slightly larger water bottle for pair/doubles as well. It does not scratch the boats.
We never quite hit the same speeds as on US highways but when I drove a trailer to Italy in April for training the bottles stayed in place for the entire trip without being taped in place.
So: simple, cheap, and it works. What more could you ask for?
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