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Beginners Guide To Choosing The Right Boat Trailer

Mar 23, 2008
If you intend to move your boat around with you then you should make sure that you have the right boat trailer, one that suits both your needs and your boat - not all boat trailers are the same. In simple terms a boat trailer is a frame with wheels that is designed to transport your boat across land behind a vehicle. The boat trailer is joined to a car by means of a locking device that is fixed at the end of the towbar. Before towing a boat the winch and locking couplet should both be locked in order for the boat to be secure.

Different Types of Boat Trailers

It is always a good idea to find out a little about the different types of boat trailers and then to undertake some research on the one that you think will best suit your needs. Just like boats, boat trailers come in many different shapes and sizes, from the height of luxury and all the fittings to a very simplistic model. There are two main types of boat trailers and these are bunk and roller trailers. Power boats have custom trailers and have to be bought when you buy the boat. If you have a sail boat then that will require a special trailer because it has a deep keel and a high winch stand.

You should have at least some idea of what works and what doesn't work for your boat, along with how much money you want to spend before you actually go out and buy. One of the first things that you should consider when you are choosing your boat trailer is the size of your boat. This is very important when you are buying a trailer, the right boat trailer should fit securely and snugly against your boat and you should always read the manufacturer's label on weight and size before you buy a boat trailer.

Getting the right boat trailer will also involve making sure that it has adequate features, there should be break and turn lights, which are required by law and a locking feature to attach it securely to your boat. The lights and axle need to be water tight as they will be submerged when the boat is launched. Some boat trailers will have a frame-mounted spare tire.

Manual vs. Mechanical

There are manual boat trailers where you have to do everything yourself and then there are those with a feature for making loading and unloading much easier. A small trailer will have a guide hoist to get the boat on the trailer while the larger models will have a one or two speed mechanical winch. The reason many people settle for adjustable trailers is because they make hauling so much easier. Some boat trailers will have electronic brakes which work in racing bike with the vehicle's brakes. It is always a good idea to decide just exactly how much you want to spend on a boat trailer before you go out to get it, as a trailer can be a very expensive item.
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William Scott contributes practical advice for boating enthusiasts to http://BoatingArticleSite.com , a site dedicated to helping people learn more about finding boat trailer parts .
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