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Pontoon Boat Trailers

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Tips On Choosing The Right Boat Trailer For Your Needs

Choosing a boat trailer can be difficult, given the wide range of options on the market. The right one for you depends on the boat you have, the key features you need and the price range that fits your budget.

Factors To Consider When Shopping For A Boat Trailer

The key factors to consider then selecting a boat trailer are: boat waterline-width, boat weight, and boat length.

Boat Waterline-Width

If you need a larger area of hull support, the trailer bunks are a good option. However, if you are more concerned about loading and offloading the boat easier, the roller trailers are a better option for you. The roller trailers are usually made of plastic that allows boats to slide easier on and off the boat trailer. Most of the trailer bunks are made of wood and they are covered in carpet.

Boat Weight

The boat’s wet weight is an important factor to consider when buying a boat trailer. You should find out how much your boat weighs when it is fully loaded with water, fuel, engine, batteries, and everything else the boat may contain. If your boat’s wet weight is more than 3,500 pounds, you should consider buying a tandem-axle boat trailer that can distribute the boat’s weight more safely. 

Boat Length

A boat trailer is recommended to measures two feet longer than your boat. When you are measuring the boat length, do not include the extended swim platform, because boat trailers support the ends of boat at the hull’s running surface. However, if your boat has a bow pulpit, you should include its length in the calculations.

Boat Trailer Types

The pontoon boat trailers are made of various materials, such as aluminum I-beams, tubular box frame, or C-channels.

There are two main types of pontoon boat trailers: bunk and roller. Each type also has several variations.

Bunk Trailers

Bunk trailers use several long boards to support the keel of a boat. The boards are covered in a felt like fabric and each board is bracing either side. Usually the bunk trailers are more affordable than the roller boat trailers, they allow boaters to drive the boats onto the trailer without the need of a powerful winch, and they have fewer parts to maintain. However, the disadvantage is that the bunk trailers need to be submerged deeper into the water than roller trailers and the boat should be launched in lower tide. Their components are more vulnerable to damage, especially from salt water. If the boat is unevenly supported, the pressure points can cause the paint to get scraped or further damage the boat. 

Variations of bunk trailers are the float-on trailers.

An example of bunk trailer is the EZ Loader Bunk, priced at $3,695, from the link: http://www.monahansmarine.biz/BoatTrailers.html.

Another bunk trailer product is the ShoreLand’r Bunk trailer priced $4,395 and available on the website: http://www.monahansmarine.biz/BoatTrailers.html.

Roller Trailers

Roller-style trailers usually costs more and are also more expensive to maintain. Their design reduce friction and they use a number of points to support the weight of a boat. Their advantage is that they permit the boat to be launched or retrieved at any stage of the tide, and they better protect the boat from damage. The disadvantage is that they do not allow you to drive the boat onto the trailer without using heavy-duty winches.

Roller trailer variations are keel rollers and rib rollers.

An example of roller trailer is the Karavan 2000 Roller Trailer, priced $1,295, available online at the link: http://www.monahansmarine.biz/BoatTrailers.html.

Another roller trailer product is Shoreland’r 2013 R10TM, available on http://www.monahansmarine.biz/BoatTrailers.html at a price of $895.

Loading and Unloading your Boat

The pre preparations for launching your boat should be done in the parking lot. After you transfer all the necessary gear into your boat, remove the tie-downs and boat covers and put the key in the ignition, you can proceed to unhooking the winch strap from the boat if you are using a bunk style trailer. If you use a roller trailer then don not unhooks the winch strap until the boat is in the water. When you have everything ready, approach the ramp and back the rig into the water. If the winch strap was not yet unhooked, it is the time does unhook it now. Back your trailer into the water until the boat floats off or rolls off. 

When is time to load back your boat you just need to reverse the process. Pull into the dock and winch or drive the boat onto the trailer when the trailer is in the water.

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