Top 5 Things to Know When Buying a Boat Trailer
If you're thinking about purchasing a trailer for your boat, here are the top five things you should take into consideration before parting with any money:
Probably the most obvious point to take into account, is that you need to make sure that the trailer you are thinking about buying is actually large enough to fit your boat. Furthermore, remember to consider the size of your keel, and whether or not you have any permanent fins protruding from your craft. If you do, you will need to make sure the trailer has an appropriately supportive frame, one which will lift the boat up to ensure it is kept safe during transport.
Maximum Carrying Capacity
When choosing a boat trailer, don't go for one whose maximum weight is the same as the boat you want to use it to transport. Always try to get a trailer that is strong enough to transport a vessel that is at least a few hundred pounds heavier than the one you intend to use it for.
It is vitally important to make sure that any potential trailer you buy for your boat, is water proofed against the appropriate type of water, in order to prevent rust on the structure or damage to the frame and lights. Sea and fresh water environments require different types of proofing, which can be done by a specialist after purchase, though obviously then your costs will rise as a result.
Drive On Capabilities
The best types of boat trailers are the kind that can be driven right into the water, so that boats can be placed straight onto them to be pulled out and away. As any experienced sailors knows, all the other methods for getting a boat out of the water and onto a trailer, take an incredible amount of time and effort. Whereas drive on trailers make the whole process short lived and completely painless.
Trailer tires probably aren't the most important aspect to take under consideration, but it is worth noting that properly buoyant tires make for a much more controlled transport experience. After all, it isn't easy to drive a car towing a heavily laden boat trailer, but having tires that give plenty of lift, grip and maneuverability, can go a long way towards making sure it isn't too difficult (or dangerous) for you to control whilst on the road.