Tips

Boats and slipways, it remains a love-hate relationship. You just want to sail in the most beautiful places, but to get there a trailer slipway is indispensable. To make the "trail" as fun as possible, there are a number of things to look out for. The following tips will help you through the summer ...

Into the water ...

  • Make sure the boat and trailer are in good condition and ready to be towed so that others don't have to wait.
  • Make sure you stay calm in the event of crowds at the slipway, thereby preventing damage to the boat, car or trailer.
  • Remove the lightbar from the trailer, tension straps from the boat and check whether the drain plug is in place.
  • Look in advance at the length and smoothness of the slope to make a good estimate.
  • Do not drive your wheels into the water if you only have rear-wheel drive on a slippery slope.
  • Check if the slope under water continues long enough.
  • Pay attention to (small) children, make sure that bystanders keep a safe distance and certainly not stand behind or between a (reverse) driving combination.
  • Drive the trailer and boat off the slipway, do not drive too far down the slipway! Are the first rollers wet? Then that is often far enough.
  • Put the car on the handbrake.
  • Attach a line to the boat and have someone hold it on the dock.
  • Use the winch to launch the boat or push the boat off.
  • Drive the car to a parking lot, lock the car and trailer.
  • Enjoy your day...

Out of the water

  • Pay attention to the length of the slope and the parking brake, just like when launching.
  • Take your boat out of the water calmly, winching too quickly or navigating the trailer often causes damage!

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Maintain your trailer

If you have a boat trailer it is important to maintain it regularly. The weight of the boat and regular use can damage parts of the trailer. If you don't use the boat trailer for months, the lubricants will dry up and the tires will wear out. Contact with salt water is harmful to the boat trailer. Use these tips so that you can safely hit the road with the trailer.

Trailer

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Winch

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Brake

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Lighting