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    Posted: 08/13/2018 at 7:24pm
So I am new to the forum but I have been reading a bunch of threads and appreciate the help others have shown.  I already know a few improvements I will be doing to my new to me 99 Fishing Barge 25.  All of that modification will have to wait until I get this trailer guide situation figured out.  I rebuilt a conventional trailer to work for my boat and it fits it great, but during the trailer guide installation I realized I made them way too short (only 12" or so above the bunks) and I do not like the idea of HAVING TO use both of the guides when I am loading.  Here is the reasoning...

Yesterday I was at a intracoastal boat ramp trying to load up before the thunderstorms got to us and the tidal flow moving at least 5-6 knots perpendicular to the ramp.  This ramp is completely unprotected from the current so you need to come in from down stream at an angle and then make a hard turn into the trailer and hope you did it right.  Well I did it wrong about 10 times because no matter how I made the approach and turn the cross current flow was just too much and twisted me out of shape.  I would end up with either one pontoon inside of the guides or I would end up on top of one of them at a 22* angle or something.
If I had the ability in the parking lot to lower one of the guides I could just approach from downstream make a late hard turn and then let the current drift me into the remaining guide and then I could motor up the bunks after the guid centered me.

Now before I try and reinvent the wheel here i am hoping that someone has had this issue before and come up with a good solution.  
 Is there a commercial product that is available like this?

I was thinking about using a 10" tall bunk bracket and have only one bolt on the vertical arm and then use a spring pin (similar to a bimini top pin but obviously heavier duty) as the second attachment point.  Both guides would up when I dropped the boat in the water, but when it came time to load I could pull the pin in each vertical arm and then swing forward or backward the two arms with the wooden board attached to it. 

Thoughts, Ideas, Pics???
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