Wobble Roller Replacement

We are on a roll with work being done to my buddy Dave’s O’Day 19 sailboat, Just Enough. Today it gets literal and we tackle a wobble roller replacement project on his trailer.

As any sailor in Arizona desert will tell you, well, it’s sunny. It’s also hot–so very hot. I mean hell (literally), in the summer the street signs melt and people bake cookies on their dash while they’re at work. So needless to say, boats in dry storage take up some serious tanning.

Here sits the trailer for Just Enough, with all those old wobble rollers begging to be replaced.
A close-up look at one of the rollers up in forward starboard section. This one was one of the few actually still in good shape.

The thing about replacing the wobble rollers is, we need to get the boat off the trailer. To get the boat off the trailer, we need to drop her in the water. If she’s in the water, we’re gonna need to go sailing. So we went sailing.

Meanwhile, back in the boatyard (because we didn’t actually go sailing)… These are the particular wobble rollers we used:

Here's a look at one of the inner rollers at forward-starboard--not many days left on the clock for this guy.
Tommy looks very happy, despite this being a few hours longer than originally planned--but that's exactly how the clock ticks in the boatyard!

There you have it! This trailer is almost looking new with all those new wobble rollers in place. They are made of a highly engineered composite that is much more resilient to UV exposure. They might even outlast the street sign at the entrance of the boatyard.

This is the bow roller we used:
bow roller

…and don’t forget your retainer rings!