If you’re one of the many trailer boaters out there, you know that sometimes the trip from the garage to the launch ramp can be as challenging as a full day on the water. But with a little practice and some preparation, you can master the fine art of towing and trailering and spend less time behind the wheel and on the water. Read these tips from discoverboating.com.
- Make a checklist. There are two easy things to avoid ruining a boater’s day: failing to replace your drain plug, and not strapping your boat to the trailer properly. The best way to eliminate those scenarios is to have a checklist. If you are not a fan of paper checklists, utilize the “notes” function on your smart phone.
- Remember to turn wide. It is easy to forget when you’re cruising along that you have extra footage of trailer and boat behind you. Whipping into a gas station, parking lot or even a drive through without considering your “wide load” is asking for trouble.
- Compensate for weight. Trailer, boat, full tank of fuel, coolers, carload of passengers… etc. Your tow vehicle will not see its typical performance that you’re used to, but that’s okay. You must be patient on the journey to the ramp, paying particular close attention when you’re merging into traffic and when stopping.
- Hands on the bottom of the wheel. If you have grown up around boat ramps, you’ve no doubt heard this great bit of trailering advice. When you’re backing up, place your hands on the bottom of the steering wheel. Then, move your hand in the direction that you want the trailer to go.
- Check your insurance. The boat needs insurance both in and out of the water and the trailer will need physical damage insurance. The liability coverage on your vehicle will extend to the trailer while it is being pulled. Questions? Contact us today to be sure you are covered!
For more tips on how to successfully trailer or tow your boat, and spend more time on the water, check out the full Discover Boating article!