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Owning a Trailerable Boat: Hidden Costs

If you’re not blessed with a big driveway, make sure to calculate the costs of remote storage — it can be expensive, especially under a roof.

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...]

Choosing a Tow Vehicle for Your Boat

There are more considerations and calculations to make when choosing a tow vehicle than just boat and trailer weight.

The ability to haul your boat to launching ramps in far-flung places is one of the thrills of boat ownership. But if you're new to the game, be aware … [Read more...]

All About Boat Trailers

A sparkly clean boat in perfect working order won’t impress buyers if the trailer it’s sitting on is a mess. Make sure yours looks as good as this one before you put it up for sale. Photo courtesy of Shadow Trailers.

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

Trailering Your Boat: Seven Items to Check Every Time

New truck, new trailer, new boat. The trailer may be the least sexy part of that trio, but it still needs to be monitored just as carefully.

Yes, I know, a headline like that can come across as a pedantic wet blanket. You could read it that way -- I get that, but here’s the way it was intended: … [Read more...]

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...]

Boat Trailers: New or Used?

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Having a trailer for your boat  means that you can be independent of boatyards and haulers for launching, transport, and storage. Storing a boat in your … [Read more...]

Bleeding Boat Trailer Brakes: The Phoenix System

In the Phoenix System, fresh fluid is pumped in reverse up toward the master cylinder. Illustration credit: Phoenix Systems.

A buddy of mine called with a puzzling question. He had just bought a new-to-him boat, and the master cylinder on the surge-brake system on his trailer … [Read more...]

When Buying a Used Boat, Check That Trailer

Beaten-up trailers and cheap trailers are a hidden cost of a used boat.

There are lots of good deals on used boats on BoatTrader.com. I have to deny myself many of them. Well, almost all of them, but that’s not the point. … [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 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...]


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