Need some handy tips for trailering your boat?
If you’re a newbie when it comes to boating, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll discuss all the frequently asked questions and some helpful pointers that you need to know when trailering your boat.
TYPES OF TRAILERING BOATS
Before we start discussing life-saving tips, you need to be aware of the types of recreational boats that can be trailered; their sizes, activities that you can do with them, and maximum passengers they’re maximum passenger capacity.
|Types of Boats||Activities||Sizes|
|Bass Boats||Fishing, Cruising||16-25 ft. long|
(5 passengers max)
|Fish and Ski Boats||Fishing, Watersports||15-22 ft. long|
(5 passengers max)
|Deck Boats||Day cruising, Watersports||18-28 ft. long|
(14 passengers max)
|Inflatables||Day cruising, Watersports||8- 30 ft. long|
(6 passengers max)
|Cuddy Cabin Boats||Day cruising, Fishing, Yachting, Sailing||18-28 ft. long|
(8 passengers max)
BUNK VS ROLLER TRAILER
When it comes to boat trailering, a boater has two options: use a bunk trailer or use a roller trailer. Both of them are handy but which one is better?
If you’re on a budget, buying bunk trailers is the best option for you. Most boaters prefer bunk trailers because of their simple yet useful design. Also, this trailer has fewer moving parts which mean it’s easier to maintain.
If you’re looking for a convenient way to trailer your boat, then these will suit you. The roller types have movable parts that will make towing easier. Though some parts need maintenance, their function when it comes to trailering is impressive.
HOW TO TRAILER A BOAT
- The first thing is to align that hitch and ball. After that lower the trailer hitch down over the ball.
- Insert the safety pin and close the latch.
- Attach them to the truck by crossing the safety chains.
- Secure the safety line to the tow vehicle if your trailer has brakes.
- Double-check and test if everything is secure.
BASIC BOAT TRAILERING TIPS
- Allow extra distance and braking times.
- Swing wide around turns to avoid curb with a trailer tire.
- Change lanes slowly and be aware of cars behind your boat.
- Drive slowly. Though you’re sure that everything is tied properly, there are some instances where things can break. To avoid your boat sliding off the trailer, make sure that your speed is normal.
Check and download our Safety Trailer Checklist to make sure that you won’t forget anything and to prevent any unwanted events.
For first-timers, trailering a boat can be very complicated. Though it’s given that you’ll make some newbie mistakes, you’ll still improve your boat trailering skills once you get used to it.
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