With summer season around the corner, many people think about buying a boat. However, if you are thinking of buying a boat, you need to think about buying a trailer for it too. Buying a boat trailer is not easy. You will have to think about the size of the boat, as well as whether your car is capable of towing a boat. Many people don’t bother hiring a spot at the marina. The monthly rental is just an added expense. That is why they simply load the boat on the trailer and go boating whenever they feel like it. However, a boat trailer is not similar to a conventional trailer.
First time buyers make the foolish mistake of spending a large chunk of their money on a boat, and then look for a cheap, second hand trailer. For such people, getting a trailer is almost an afterthought. However, a poor quality trailer can actually damage your boat. When you drive around with your boat hooked to the trailer, jumps and bumps on the road will damage the underside of the boat. Unless your trailer is equipped with appropriate shocks and stabilizers, this could even lead to a hole in the boat. If you have decided to buy a boat trailer, here are a few things that you should consider:
Boat trailers are usually made out of one of two materials: galvanized steel or aluminium. Both have different benefits. For instance, galvanized steel does not rust, but is susceptible to decay. It is also slightly heavier as compared to aluminium, which means you will need to hitch the trailer to a more powerful vehicle (a pickup truck, most likely). On the other hand, you have the choice of aluminium trailers. Aluminium is lighter than galvanized steel. It also does not rust. However, aluminium does tend to corrode, and given enough time, will eventually turn in to a fine white powder.
There are many different accessories that you can buy for your boat trailer. Even though some of these are a basic requirement, others are more of a luxurious nature. For instance, you will need to purchase a load guide. The load guide will assist you in placing the boat on the centre of the trailer. The tilting balance will allow you to adjust the weight of the boat in order to fix it accordingly.
Load guides are also pretty helpful in windy conditions. During windy conditions, the boat tends to sway from one way to another. Keeping it in place is very important, since the underside could be damaged unless the load is properly balanced. On the other hand, you will also need to buy a transom saver. This is required to support the engine of the boat. The saver will reduce the amount of pressure on the engine. There are several other accessories that you may consider buying. A swivel jack, a hitch swivel and a swing tongue are just a few of them.