Boat Trailering

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

Choosing a Tow Vehicle for Your Boat

boat tow

A few years back I identified the boat I would buy next. It’s a trailerable boat that I can store in my yard and launch with either a yacht club hoist … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: Maintain Your Bearings

Kendall SHP is a high-temperature wheel-bearing grease with good resistance to salt water.

When I worked in an auto parts store, every so often a guy who had just bought a used boat would bring in a shop towel filled with pieces of exploded trailer … [Read more...]

Tow Vehicles: How Big is Big Enough?

Sure, it's a mighty impressive truck, but you don't need that much might to pull the family runabout.

In addition to spending far too much time looking at used boats on, even though I don’t need another, I just as often look at gently used … [Read more...]

The Boat-Tow Truck I Wish Someone Would Build

If some car company would take the engine out of the Touareg TDI and install it in a half-ton pickup, they’d create the ideal vehicle for towing the kind of boats most people own. Build it. They will come.

After towing a 4,200-pound boat trailer with Volkswagen’s fantastic Touareg TDI, I was amazed at the fuel economy. By keeping the cruise engaged at 60 … [Read more...]

Owning a Trailerable Boat: Hidden Costs

A simple trailer ramp can make wheel chores simpler.

One thing they won’t tell you—and whatever “they” you have in mind is fine with me—is that there are a number of ongoing costs associated with … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Brakes: Surge vs. Electric-over-Hydraulic

A typical surge-brake actuator. Photo courtesy of Atwood.

There are plenty of advantages to owning a trailerable boat as opposed to one that you keep in a slip or on a mooring. If you're shopping for such a boat, … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Chains: The Art of Hooking Up

Even if your state doesn't require safety chains with closeout clasps, such as those pictured above, they are a good idea because they are less likely to fall off as you travel over over bumpy roads.

If you're thinking of buying a trailerable boat, remember that there are two types of people at the launch ramp – those who are prepared and those who … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Ramp Launching

Avoid the ramp follies: If you get out of line backing down, drive back up, straighten things out, and start again.

One would hope all boaters wouldn’t need a guide like this to tell you how to launch a boat, but some do. That said, we realize we walk a thin line between … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Maintenance


A third of the 100,000 plus boats for sale on this website are listed with trailers. That's no surprise because according to BoatUS, nearly 7 million Americans … [Read more...]

Boat Trailering: the Tow Vehicle

What boat fits behind this tow package and how far will it go

Driving down the road the other day I noticed a pick-up truck pulling an empty boat trailer. I started to wonder what kind of boat would fit on the trailer. … [Read more...]