Owning a boat is just the beginning. In order to get your new boat from one location to another, you’re going to need a boat trailer. In fact, boat trailers come in many different styles and weight capacities, so a little research in advance will help you make the right decision when it comes to deciding what kind of boat trailer you need.
Boat trailers come in several styles and are made of different materials. Some are made of aluminum and have certain weight capacity limits. Some are designed for inboard boats only, while others are designed for larger, outboard craft. Most boat trailers purchased at a boating supply warehouse can hold up to 15,000 pounds, but always check specifications before purchasing one.
Many boatyards offer one-size-fits-all boat trailers but try to avoid the temptation of saving a few dollars to buy such a generic boat trailer. Purchasing boat trailers to specifically fit your boat will prevent slippage, wear and tear and possibly more severe damage when towing back and forth.
Boat trailers can be called many different things, such as Easy Loader boat trailers, or Magic Tilt or Fast-Load boat trailers. Each boat trailer is designed and made with one specific boat model in mind, so be choosy when it comes time to narrow down your boat trailer search to just the right fit for your boat. Some boat trailers are totally submersible while others aren’t.
Floating style boat trailers offer aluminum I-beam designs as well as catamaran storage cradles and boat lifts. Fast load boat trailers offer single axle, tandem axle in both ‘regular’ and heavy-duty designs, as well as triple axle models. Some boat trailers come with rollers, bunks, or boards, and deciding which one is best for you and your boat isn’t easy.
Experience loading and unloading your boat will often have a big impact on decisions about which type of boat trailers to purchase, so if you’re a novice, you may want to head for your local boating dealer and ask some pertinent questions.
Price ranges of various boat trailers also depend on which type you want, its construction materials, and whether or not you have your boat trailer customized. Many people customize a generic boat trailer to their boats, while others opt to have such customization done upon ordering. Boat trailers can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, so make sure to check around on brand names and prices when narrowing down your search.
When thinking of purchasing boat trailers, make sure that your vehicle is able to pull the weight of both trailer and boat when loaded. You’d be amazed at how many people don’t take the combined weight of the two into consideration when buying. For this reason, many professional boaters opt to purchase aluminum style boat trailers, as they are more lightweight than galvanized steel and are also easier to keep clean and shiny.
Owning a boat can be a lot of fun, but it’s also an expensive hobby, or sport, or business accessory. No matter what you’re using your boat for, boat trailers are a necessary piece of boating equipment, and finding the right one for your skills and your boat is essential.