How do you winch a boat on a trailer?

How do you winch a boat on a trailer?

How to Load a Boat on a Trailer

  1. Back the trailer in so the bunks get wet completely.
  2. Pull forward to a point where roughly a third of the center bunks are out of the water.
  3. Nose the bow of the boat between the bunks.
  4. Winch forward until the bow eye is up against the bow rollers.
  5. Slowly pull the boat out of the water.

Should you drive your boat onto the trailer?

Everybody has probably seen the yahoo trying to show off by power-loading his boat onto the trailer. Using a boat’s engine to drive it onto a trailer to fully load it is not an acceptable practice. Using the boat’s engine to load onto the trailer is dangerous to your equipment and the people around the loading area.

How far do boat trailers go back?

It should be just about as deep as it was when taking the boat off, and in most cases, about two-thirds of the trailer will be submerged while one-third remains out of the water. Don’t submerge the trailer too deep, or the bow of the boat may float over the bunks and go off to the side.

What is the first thing you do after retrieving a boat onto a trailer?

Set the parking brake of the towing vehicle, and put it in park (or first gear if you have a manual transmission).

  1. Move the vessel onto the trailer far enough to attach the winch line to the bow eye of the vessel.
  2. Shut off the engine, and raise the engine or outdrive.
  3. Pull the vessel out of the water.

What is the 1st thing you should do after retrieving a boat onto a trailer?


  1. Unload the boat away from the ramp if possible.
  2. Back the trailer into the water, again keeping the tires of the tow vehicle at water’s edge, not in the water.
  3. Maneuver the boat carefully onto the submerged trailer, attach a bow line and shut off the engine prior to raising it.

How do you secure a boat trailer from theft?

Here are five steps to deter theft.

  1. Trailer Wheel Lock. A trailer wheel lock or a boot lock locks the wheels, so they can’t be moved, essentially making it next to impossible to haul away the trailer.
  2. Install Trailer Couple Locks.
  3. Use a Chain and Padlock.
  4. Use a Ground Anchor.
  5. Get a GPS Asset Tracker.

Where should a boat sit on a trailer?

Set boat on trailer while maintaining no less than 2″ gap between keel and tongue plate cover. The end of the bunks/rollers should be flush with transom and the boweye should reach the winch post.

Why should a boat gas tank never be completely filled?

It’s important to never fill the tank of your boat beyond 90% full. This leaves room for gas to expand and avoids the potential for overflow. After you’re done fueling, tightly replace the gas cap. This will prevent the escape of fuel vapors.

Where does the winch go on a boat trailer?

A winch is installed on the tongue of your trailer. The trailer bolt is usually universal, so you can different kinds of winches onto it. The winch then uses a pulling system to line the boat to the ramp then pull it onto the trailer. Winch line’s end attaches to the boat’s bow eye, while its other end is attached to the drum.

Do you need a winch to unload a boat?

Having a good winch can make your loading and unloading experience as smooth as it can be. You can choose between two kinds of winch. Manual winches require your manual labor to reel and load in the boat. On the other hand, an electric winch requires a connection to your car’s battery to function.

What’s the best way to load a boat into a trailer?

Attach the winch line to the bow of the boat. Use the winch to pull the boat the rest of the way up onto the ramp and in position. You can use either a manual hand-crank winch or an electric winch to do this.

How big is a Voyager boat trailer winch?

Voyager 3200lbs Tools Boat Trailer Winch Voyager built this winch to be very durable and powerful. Its body and gears are made from durable steel. The winch has a weight capacity of 3200 lbs and uses a polyester strap that is 2 inches thick and extends up to 33 feet.