Boat Name: Teasel
Model/Year: 1979 Swing Keel
Hull No. 9014
11/11/2004 9:57 AM Pacific Time
I am using 3 rollers under our keel. The aft one is about one foot wide. I also added a roller forward on the centerline. We still have the stock bunks on each side for good support and they keep the hull on the trailer without completely depending on the bow line. When loading the boat, we leave the keel down about one turn of the winch, so that the rollers are taking the keel weight. This makes a terrific difference in friction. We can now load with the bunks just barely under water. It takes a lot of winch force, and I have a very heavy, spread out reinforcement inside of the bow for the bow eye. This is a 2"x16"x3/8" or so stainless strap epoxy bedded into the bow.
If you want to load with the trailer even higher, you would probably need to provide a ramp, preferably pivoting like an easy loader setup.
I can send pictures of our setup if I have a place to send them.