Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trailering Your Boat Safely

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With the fall season coming up, many boats will be loaded on trailers and towed to different locations for winter storage. Make sure you know how to trailer your boat safely with these tips:

  • Verify the towing capacity of your vehicle. This information is in the owner’s manual. Also, verify the dry weight of the boat. Keep in mind that the dry weight does not include fuel or gear.
  • Be familiar with your state trailering laws. Different states may have particular requirements based on weight and beam of the boat.
  • Maintain your trailer like you would your boat. Every time you launch or retrieve your boat, your trailer is submerged under water. Inspect the hubs, trailer bunks, tires, and the lights on your trailer to make sure everything is in good condition.

For more information on trailering your boat safely, check out Discover Boating.

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