Boat Trailering

A series of articles of trailering, trailer maintenance, and trailer parts.

Is it Time for Electric-Over-Hydraulic Brakes?

Electric over hydraulic brakes are great for heavy-duty applications, such as towing a big offshore V-bottom. For smaller applications, surge brakes seem to work just fine. 

Depending on the technology, I tend to vacillate between early adopter and abject Luddite. I bought a vehicle with fuel injection as soon as I could afford … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Boat Trailer Tires

Boat trailer tires suffer from a lot of abuse, often though sheer neglect. This one is shot, right down to the belt.

If you're shopping for a used boat, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be shopping for trailer tires sooner or later. No other tires withstand so … [Read more...]

Know Your Trailer Hitch

What I should have had: a Class IV hitch like this one, rated for 10,000 pounds. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

I made a small mistake last week. Well, maybe it wasn’t so small. OK, it was huge. As in a ton. A buddy of mine asked me if we could use my truck … [Read more...]

Understanding Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings

Factory hitches usually have the class and tongue weight capacity written right on them.

When shopping for a used boat, assuming you already have a tow vehicle, it’s important to know how much the boat you’re interested in weighs on its … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers 101: Materials, Brakes, Hardware

If you do your boateing in salt water, an aluminum trailer is a better choice than steel.

You might think a trailer is a trailer is a trailer. Uh, no. Like so many other products, the quality of  trailers varies widely, and if you look closely … [Read more...]

Towing Safety: The Art of Getting There

Start getting ready for your weekend of boating the night before you leave. That will lead to fewer mistakes. Photo Courtesy of General Motors.

Of course, we all want to get on the water as soon as possible. That leads to hurrying, which in turn leads to mistakes. So while the water is frozen (at … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: How Much Hitch?

A Class III round receiver.

Hauling a boat to your favorite lake or river can be a challenge. Oftentimes, boats are some of the heaviest loads you can pull. The good news is that … [Read more...]

Boat Towing Safety: Secure That Bow Eye

On setups where the bow eye is above the roller, a fixed-length safety chain is a smart move.

I once bought a used boat that nearly landed in the back of my pickup. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but that’s what it felt like when it … [Read more...]

Running Boards at the Launch Ramp — Nice Accessory!


If you’ve ever hung around a fisherman or spent any time in the truck they pull their boat with, you know they usually both smell. The fisherman smells … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Types: Freedom of Choice

This triple-axle trailer would be overkill for a light runabout. Whether its bunks are better than rollers depends on the boat it will rest on them,, and how it's launched and hauled.

When we shop for boats, we look critically at the boat.  We scrutinize its condition and whether it will meet our needs -- but we probably don’t pay … [Read more...]