After 8 launches and recoveries at a shallow, sandbar backed ramp in Mulege and a 3600 mile round trip from southern Oregon to Mulege, Baja Sur Mexico, I learned a few things about my 2011 26M and trailer.
First, I modified my trailer to have two axles. Absolutely essential if you are going to Baja and travel Mex 1.
Second, for long hauls, the winch strap alone is not sufficient to keep the 26M from slowly slipping back off the V bunk. I use a safety chain and a tie down strap through the forward safety rail stanchions down to the trailer tongue just forward of the jack. I still get drift back, but only an inch or two. And I stop the hobby horsing. The bow hobby horse forces are distributed across the winch strap, safety chain and tie down strap.
Third, I always silicon lube my bunks. Intentional or non intentional Mac bumps always push the bow into the V rubber.
The 8 recovery and launches in Mulege only required me to drive 1.5 miles from ramp to RV pad. In these cases I did not find it necessary to use the tie down strap. My recovery procedure went something like this:
1, If possible, empty ballast before heading to ramp.
2, Before dunking trailer, silicon spray all bunk seating areas.
3, Dunk trailer till the rear wheels of my hauler touched the ramp water. This placed the trailer as deep as I could get it and still keep my hauler out of the water
4. Line up and motor the boat onto the trailer until bow hits V bunk.
5, Hook winch strap and haul boat as much on to V bunk as possible.
6, Push boat further on v bunk using motor (be careful, even with motor lined up properly, motor torque will cause bow to jerk sideways.
7, Winch and push with motor until snug against rubber V
8, Pull boat out of water with hauler
9, After pulling out of water, the Mac will settle back and there will be a 2 inch gap between the bow and the rubber V (at least on my setup)
10, Find a good paved road section and, at very low speed, slam on brakes (Mac bump)
11, Boat slides forward into V rubber
12, fasten safety chain.
Rinse, repeat for each recovery.