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 ...

  • Make sure to keep calm in the case of a busy boat ramp to avoid damage to the boat, car or trailer.
  • Bring a friend. Once the boat is launched, one can moor the boat while the other parks the car.
  • Check the boat ramp length, angle and smoothness beforehand to make a good estimate. Check whether the boat ramp extends underwater long enough.
  • Make sure the boat and trailer are ready before driving to the ramp so others don't have to wait:
  • - Pay a fee first in case of a paid ramp
  • - Check if the key is in the ignition and if the battery is full
  • - Remove the lightbar from the trailer and straps from the boat
  • - Fix the fenders and a line for mooring
  • - Trim the boat's engine to the correct position
  • - Check that the drain plug is in place
  • - Put all necessary items in the boat (fishing gear, coolbox, waterskies)
  • Watch out for children, make sure bystanders keep a safe distance and certainly don't stand behind or between a driving combination.
  • Drive with trailer and boat off the slipway, don't drive too far down the slipway! Are the first rollers wet? That is often far enough. Do not drive your wheels into the water if you only have rear-wheel drive on a slippery boat ramp.
  • Apply the parking brake to the car!
  • Have someone hold the line at the dock.
  • Launch or push the boat with the winch.
  • Place the boat in a spot so that there is room for the next one to trailer.
  • Drive the car to a parking space, put it neatly in the parking space and lock the car and trailer.
  • Get out again? Get your boat out of the water using the winch, “Power-Loading” often damages the boat but also the slipway by washing away sand at the bottom of the slip.
  • Enjoy your day!

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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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