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post #6 of Old 04-13-2006
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I trailered my boat for many years and took no precautions of that sort and never saw a nick or mark of any kind, and I raced a lot, and was very particular about the condition of the bottom. Obviously, if I got onto loose gravel, I slowed way down, just because speeding through it would be asking for trouble. If you're concerned, mud flaps and the broom-like device that Roger suggested would be good, but if you start hanging covers over it, they create wind resistance, and they flap and tear loose, and I doubt that they're worth the bother. I towed my boat once without removing a tarp, and it tore, and because of the wind resistance I couldn't get my 350 Chevy truck over 60 mph. I thought the tranny was going bad. I never dreamed it might have that much effect.
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