With the kickoff to summer in full swing, everyone’s excited to get back into the water! If you have a boat, more than likely you’ll be spending some time transporting it between your favorite lakes and rivers. But, what’s the safest way to transport a boat? Can your truck carry the extra weight? Are you using the correct trailer? We’ve got all the info and more. Follow along!
Determine the appropriate trailer type
Before you head out on the road, it’s imperative to make sure you’ve chosen a trailer type that can properly support your boat. The first thing you’ll want to check is the maximum weight capacity of the trailer. When it’s fully loaded with gear, fuel and equipment, it cannot exceed this weight capacity. In fact, it’s federal law.
Make sure your vehicle is equipped for the trailer.
When it comes to utilizing a trailer to haul your boat, you’ll also want to take into consideration your tires. The trailer capacity plate will let you know the minimum tire rating required for using your trailer. If you’re carrying a heavy load, odds are, the tires will have to be quite durable and heavy duty as well.
Handle the trailer properly on the road.
As you might have guessed, you’ll want to drive very cautiously whenever you’re hauling heavy cargo on a trailer. Drive at a slower speed than you normally would and always allow extra space for braking distance. When you accelerate, try to do it slower than you normally would. You’ll want to use the same rule of thumb when it comes to making turns. Utilize a wider radius than normal to allow room for the trailer. If the weather is inclement, you may want to wait to make your trek altogether.
Ensure the boat is attached to the trailer correctly.
Now that you have a trailer you’re sure can haul your boat, as well as tires that can carry the weight, it’s time to attach the trailer to your vehicle. When your trailer is balanced and level, you can begin. Make sure each latch is properly clicked in place and locked. You’ll also want to utilize tie down straps and chains to help securely fasten the boat. Finally, fasten the lighting harness to your vehicle.
Inspect your environment to make sure it’s fit to launch your boat
When you’ve made it to your destination, do a quick visual check over the area. Make sure the ramp is deep enough to launch your boat in particular. Check for any obstructions before removing the tie down straps. You’ll want to slowly back the trailer into the water until you see the motor is submerged. Use the bow and stern lines to continue removing the boat from the trailer. Then, you’re all set to drive your vehicle away from the ramp.
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