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    What diameter of pipe should I be using to make verticle boat trailer guides?-gctid818391

    I don't want to afford the cost of a trailer guides kit. I can make it. The uprights need to be about 6 or 7 feet high. Its for a 29 ft boat. What diameter pipe should I use? Then I plan to cover that with PVC.

    Thank You
    1994 Bayliner Capri 1850, 3 liter Mercruiser, 9.9 Johnson kicker.
    1987 Wellcraft Antigua 265, Mercruiser 383 Stroker V8.
    Pulls with Ext. Cab 2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

    #2
    Good luck dock... I favorited your thread since I too plan on going the same route. With the exception of "fun time" I'm a one man crew LOL!
    Dave
    Restoring/ upgrading: 1990 Ciera Sunbridge 2655 ST, "One Particular Harbour"
    5.7 Mercruiser Alpha 1 Gen 1 (my floating retirement villa if it doesn't kill me first)
    Sold:
    1995 SeaPro 210 C/C "Hydro-Therapy"
    Mariner 150
    Towing with:
    2002 Ford F 350 7.3L Super Duty
    Near High Rock Lake, N.C.

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      #3
      My guide poles are 2" PVC pipe slid over the top of 1 1/2 galvinized square stock with one bolt to secure it. The top 2/3 or so of the PVC has no square stock inside. Pipes are 5' in length and I've screwed large pet tennis balls to the top to keep the pipes from scratching the hull while loading.
      Dave
      Edmonds, WA
      "THE FIX"
      '93 2556
      Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

      The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
      Misc. projects thread
      https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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        #4
        Mine are 2 inch square tube. Attached like a trailer receiver hitch so I can remove them quickly. If you run into them with any power anything less that 2 inch will bend over. I understand the idea is to not hit them but you know. Stuff happens.
        1989 Avanti 3450 Sunbridge
        twin 454's
        MV Mar-Y-Sol
        1979 Bayliner Conquest 3150 hardtop ocean express.
        Twin chevy 350's inboard
        Ben- Jamin
        spokane Washington

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          #5
          "yachtman" post=818420 wrote:
          Mine are 2 inch square tube. Attached like a trailer receiver hitch so I can remove them quickly. If you run into them with any power anything less that 2 inch will bend over. I understand the idea is to not hit them but you know. Stuff happens.
          Yep, it's why I walk the boat onto the trailer.
          Dave
          Edmonds, WA
          "THE FIX"
          '93 2556
          Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

          The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
          Misc. projects thread
          https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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            #6
            I went to a muffler place and bought some 1 1/4" o/s diameter exhaust pipe. I made a pattern with my boat on the trailer, brought it with me and had them bend it to the shape I needed. Welded a plate to the bottom end that bolted to my trailer frame. 1 1/2" abs pipe slides right over top to protect the boats haul and glued an orange 1 1/2" test cap on the top end. Wrapped a strip of DOT reflective white tape at the top for viibility at night when backing up to the boat launch to load the boat when there isn't any lighting at the ramp.

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              #7
              Gentlemen, that is exactly the information I needed. Thank you so much.
              1994 Bayliner Capri 1850, 3 liter Mercruiser, 9.9 Johnson kicker.
              1987 Wellcraft Antigua 265, Mercruiser 383 Stroker V8.
              Pulls with Ext. Cab 2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

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                #8
                Had an Electrician buddy bend some galvanized 1-1/4 Rigid conduit and covered with 1-1/2 and 2" with a cap for a floating post/roller...
                2450 Sportcruiser '86
                Repower - Vortec 5.7 '16
                VP275

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                  #9
                  "builderdude" post=818410 wrote:
                  My guide poles are 2" PVC pipe slid over the top of 1 1/2 galvinized square stock with one bolt to secure it. The top 2/3 or so of the PVC has no square stock inside. Pipes are 5' in length and I've screwed large pet tennis balls to the top to keep the pipes from scratching the hull while loading.
                  +1 . . . almost exactly what mine are (were - boat sold) . . . . the PVC can spin on the square stock so that it doesn't rub, per se . . .
                  1998 Avanti 3685 - "Dad's Dream" w 454 Mercs - for sale - Dredge Harbor, NJ
                  Former - "Home Aweigh" 2003 - 2452 Bayliner Cierra Classic Hardtop Cruiser
                  WQQM835 MMSI: 338147209
                  James H. Stradling

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                    #10
                    I built mine out of schedule 80 2" square tube. I had our boiler welders weld the 90 deg. angles and I used axle U bolts a attach them to the trailer one at each end of the fenders. I used treated 2X6 carpeted lumber for the side bunks.
                    1988 Mainship 36 Sedan
                    1995 2858
                    1988 2655
                    1987 2150
                    Commercial/Industrial HVAC Service Tech.

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                      #11
                      That all sounds excellent. Hopefully what I bought works as well.

                      We took our old pool down cuz the liner had a hole. So I used the white powder coated vertical pool supports and put two together for 84' over all height on each trailer upright.

                      I decided to make 4 guides for my boat. Yesterday I went to Lowes and bought 4 sets of 3/8" thick 10" on a side steel L brackets, 4"X7" steel U Joints, and 10ft long sched 40, 1 1/2" PVC to go over the pool pipes, and finally a set of lock washers. Ill post pictures when it is all done. For a set of 4 of each I paid total of $68 and change. I was thrilled because to buy a set up like that would comparatively have easily been $150 or more.

                      I also have a can of clear coat spray laying around that I will paint the raw steel brackets and U joints with.

                      Neo and Dadrock, I may add 2" PVC over the ones I bought for the floating roller idea. I like that.

                      Again guys thank you so much for the information you shared. This website is priceless.
                      1994 Bayliner Capri 1850, 3 liter Mercruiser, 9.9 Johnson kicker.
                      1987 Wellcraft Antigua 265, Mercruiser 383 Stroker V8.
                      Pulls with Ext. Cab 2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

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