Boat trailers are essential for transporting and storing your boat, and knowing what to look for when selecting one is key. One of the most common mistakes for boat lovers is to purchase their boat trailers without the same consideration that they gave to purchasing their boat. Even though the boat itself may be the more expensive purchase, the quality and effectiveness of your trailer is very important for safely transporting your boat to and from the water.
Things to Look For When Choosing a Trailer For Your Boat
While there are many manufacturers to choose from, there are several different aspects of boat trailers that you should strongly consider before you choose the one that is right for you. Remember, should your trailer damage, your boat is also likely to suffer extensive damage, so getting a trailer that will hold up over time (as well as one that meets your general needs) should be one of your top priorities before you make your final purchase.
There are two main types of boat trailers:
Their names have to do with how you take your boat out of the water once you are done boating. Bunk trailers are designed to be used in deeper water, allowing you to unload your boat by backing deep into the water and allowing it to float in. Roller trailers, on the other hand, are used when you are dropping your boat off in a shallow water marina. There is also a more expensive hybrid type that adequately combines both features.
Another thing to keep in mind when transporting your boat are state laws. Some states require that the trailer have brakes, so it is a good idea to look up your state’s individual laws regarding boat trailers in order to ensure you have picked one that you can use legally in your area. Also, for extensive travelers, it may be a good idea to purchase one with brakes in order to avoid any legal complications in other states. There are also laws regarding hitching boats to vehicles, so make sure that your car or truck complies with applicable laws, and vice versa.
There are also several materials to choose from. The two most common types are steel and aluminum, with the former more prone to rusting but the latter tends to bend under pressure and can corrode after long term use.
Finally, there are other things to consider that may benefit you both in the short and long term. For example, larger wheels tends to put less pressure on your tow vehicle, and may also last longer. While certain accessories may make towing, loading, and unloading your boat considerably easier, they may not always be necessary and usually result in greater costs. The key is to research before you buy!
Take Care When Making Your Purchase
These trailers experience a great deal of pressure and are constantly bombarded by the elements. As a result, many of the cheaper models have a habit of breaking down over time. The money you save on your trailer now may be spent (and then some) on a replacement trailer in the future, and the possible damage to your boat is equally as worrisome. That is why it is a good idea to not skimp out or make a hasty decision on your trailer purchase. Pay attention to your local laws, and get a trailer that is going to last you as long as your boat will.