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    Boat Tyres & Tubes

    Hi Guys Could I please pass on some technical advice on tyres / rims and their service requirements As my friends at Bridgestone say in their TV ads remember that there is only one handprint size of tyre tread between the road and your car (and boat trailer) 1) the valve shown in the above replies is a tubeless tyre valve - it is pulled from the inside of the rim to have it seated in the valve hole - they are actually quite a good item - However with the centrifugal force at 100km speed they do flex and actually bend over quite a bit which leads to rubber degradation and cracking / failure (regular dunking in salt water doesn't help either ) - they are very cheap and easily replaced at your local tyre shop 2) when replacing the valve always wire brush the rim flange area and valve hole to remove any surface rust - this will ensure a tight air seal with the tyre bead (or valve) and negate air leakage problems 3) I have a great preference for tubeless tyres - with a tube fitted if you get a puncture you have a instantaneous air loss whereas a tubeless tyre will tend to be self sealing and have a gradual pressure loss 4) I also prefer fitting light truck tyres to my trailer wheels - they have a higher weight carrying capacity , are much more robust than a passenger tyre and also tend to track better on a trailer 5) the steel cord used in belt packages on tyres is brass coated steel strands - this is a design attribute to ensure adhesion between the steel strands and rubber and also protects against rust issues during the tyres service life 6) steel rims and quality tyres are actually very cheap - remember that there is a large investment riding on top of the trailer - (boat / motor and all the assorted gear we carry around) It is sensible to replace tyres every 5 years (boat trailers spend a lot of time sitting in one spot which causes localised stresses to the tyre - especially when under inflated ) and if you have rusty steel rims replace then as well - (and while you have the rim off the trailer service the wheel bearings at the same time) Ensuring correct air pressure in tyres , regularly checking for any rubber deterioration in tyres & valves or damage from road / boat ramp hazards and servicing bearings would solve a lot of trailer breakdowns - we always see boat trailers sitting on the side of the road with tyre / bearing issues - doesn't make for a fun day ? I hope the above advice helps Regards Bill
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    Marine Rescue Trailer Plate - NSW

    Hi Dave The other rod racks are at the back of the garage (my wife hasn't realised yet that I store the fishing rods in 2 places ) There is no mention of the actual donation to Marine Rescue from myplates NSW on either of their websites - As the standard trailer plate fee is $110 I would assume that the donation is $39 ?? When looking on the myplates website the Marine Rescue plates are found under the "restyle" heading cheers Bill
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    Marine Rescue Trailer Plate - NSW

    Hi Greyfox - Yes you do have to hand the old plate in (I picked up my new plate and handed in the old plate at the Service NSW office at Castle Hill) - there is also the option of having the plate sent out by Courier (to either office or home at no cost ) but you need to be available to sign for delivery All the details are on the myplates website (or also on the NSW marine rescue website) Regards Bill
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    Marine Rescue Trailer Plate - NSW

    HI guys - As a member of Shoalhaven Marine Rescue my wife bought me a new NSW Marine Rescue number plate from the RMS for my birthday . Cost was $149 (one off fee) for the new plate and it took 2 1/2 weeks from ordering on the internet to picking it up from the Service NSW office at Castle Hill (had to swap over the old plate) Attached are two photo's , one in daylight and one at night (as you can see the plate is reflective ) Looks good and very happy to support Marine Rescue NSW Regards Bill
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    Who am I replying to?

    would certainly make the forum even more friendlier great idea regards Bill
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    Trailer tyres

    Hi Dave Assuming that you have a dual axle trailer (with suspension correctly set up for equal load distribution) with 185R14 6ply © Light Truck tyres that is correct - 44 PSI cold inflation pressure - (Tyre pressure increases with heat from driving) Remember to factor in fuel load , equipment , assorted gear we throw in the boat and those couple of 200KG marlin after a successful trip Cheers
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    Trailer tyres

    Hi Guys - without wishing to bore you too much with technical data I have listed the load carrying capacity for a 185R14 © LTR tyre at different pressures - single tyre fitment as used on boat trailers 1) 450 KPA - 65 PSI = 850KG 2) 400 KPA - 58 PSI = 770KG 3) 350 KPA -51 PSI = 695KG 4) 300KPA -44PSI = 615KG you can use the same approximate scaling for the smaller 13" tyres listed above When calculating gross load remember to include the tare weight of trailer plus boat , motor , fuel , batteries plus all the tackle and assorted junk we tend to carry in our boats I trust that this is useful -
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    Trailer tyres

    Hi Tastee I will assume that you have 185R14 LTR tyres on your single axle trailer with an all up loaded weight of 1.5 Tonne (750KG per tyre) 60 PSI cold inflation is the about the correct pressure for this load (and remember it is not unusual for tyre pressure gauges at service stations to have a level of inaccuracy due to misuse)
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    Trailer tyres

    Hi guys - just to keep everyone safe here is the industry standard for a LTR tyres maximum load at maximum tyre pressure in a single tyre fitment for a trailer popular trailer size fitments listed here 155R13 (90/88R) 595KG at 65 PSI 165R13 (94/92P) 670KG at 65 PSI 175R13 (94/92P) 670KG at 54 PSI 185R14 (102/100R) 850KG at 65PSI Do not exceed these maximum inflation pressures Whilst tyre manufacturers compound rubber using stabilisers and anti oxidants the biggest problem with trailer tyres is that they spend most of their life sitting in one spot with all the weight applied to one section of sidewall which causes premature rubber / interior cord cracking (ozone does also attack rubber) as per previous comments 1) keep your tyres properly inflated to carry full load - do not underinflate - it is the air pressure that carries the weight - a tyre is basically a semi flexible container to hold air - 2) regularly check sidewalls and tread for any cuts , damage or bulges 3) I personally would not like to have tyres older than 5 years fitted to my boat trailer - whilst tyres are a chemically inert vulcanised product they do not last forever 4) buy a reputable name brand - there are plenty of good tyres sold in Australia but also a number of tyres that are made to cheapest price possible regards and be safe
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    Back to enjoying my weekends again

    Hi guys After selling my last boat a couple of years ago I decided to take up golf as a way of escaping some of the stress from a very busy work environment. - Enjoyed the golf , but became more and more frustrated with my inadequate skills , realised eventually that no amount of new golf equipment will make up for lack of talent and the final straw was suffering a radial tear in my right knee which has given me a choice of either no more golf or the prospect of a knee reconstruction in the near future. I therefore made the sensible decision of selling my golf clubs etc. ( - gee I seem to collect stuff) and get back into fishing (and enjoying my weekends and holidays again) . I am looking forward to being involved again in the Fishraider site , hearing all the wonderful stories from the fellow desperates who frequent this place and sharing some of my upcoming captures and adventures. It is also with much anticipation that I am planning on buying another boat - probably something around the 4.2 metre mark this time which I can easily handle by myself (and not put too much pressure on my knees when pushing it around) and I have even selected a name " Never Again # 8 " - you would think I would have learnt my lesson about the joys of boat ownership by now. Cheers guys - regards Bill
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    Lake Macquarie - (southern end )

    thanks Guys I will do a report and pictures on Monday - hopefully have something to brag about regards Bill
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    Lake Macquarie - (southern end )

    Hi Guys Going to take my 80 year old dad out for a days fishing on Lake Macquarie this Saturday. Will probably launch the boat from Gwandalan - any tips on where to try in the southern / middle section of the lake. Thanks for any feedback - he is pretty excited about going out and I would like him to catch a feed of fish. regards Bill
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    Batemans Bay

    Hi. If you are land based I would recommend under the Clyde river bridge on the Northern Side (Sydney side) - either to the east or west is ok and try and fish at slack water as the tide does rush through quite fast. Bream , Flathead and trevally are the normal catch and the best bait is Fresh Mullet flesh cut in to strips. If you can bring some fresh bait with you so much the better
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    Which radio?

    Hi Brian The 2 radios normally used for recreational boating are 27 Mhz - AM or VHF Is your current radio a VHF and what brand? (the size of the radio unit does not matter - all electronics are coming in smaller packages these days) - If so and if it is 100% operational consider replacing the stubby antenna with either a 1.8 or 2.4 metre model ( more height gives better range and reception). - a VHF radio requires the operator to be licenced - the training course that you need to complete to undertake the licence test has lots of great information about radios , communications , safety etc . you will learn a lot from it. regards Bill
  15. Hi Guys After reading of the daring exploits of those intrepid fishraiders , Swordman and Jocobin , I decided to set myself up with a 1-2 kg rod and 1000 series reel and try out soft plastics under the Batemans Bay bridge on the Clyde River. (4lb braid and a 6 lb leader) Caught a number of small bream and ended up with a 32cm bream and a 53 cm flathead. One of the local pelicans was "assisting" me in returning small fish to the water (it was actually standing beside me as I fished and patiently waiting to grab them) and we ended up having quite a kerfluffle over who got to keep the flathead He spread his wings wide and opened his beak to try and intimidate me "it almost worked" but I managed to keep the fish for myself. I also caught a blue swimmer crab which i foul hooked in its rear flipper - Is this a new way of catching crabs - It was very nice cooked up with a cold glass of wine. Had a lot of fun with the light rod / small reel and will keep persevering with lures - thanks for the motivation guys regards Bill