Purchasing a boat is a great way to have fun and spend time outdoors. Whether you take a trip to a nearby lake, or decide to drive out to the bay, cruising on your boat will always be a great experience. At the end of the day, you need to load your boat on your trailer in order to take it home, so that you can go out another day and do it all over again. It is important to know how to safely load your boat onto a trailer to ensure another great adventure out in the water.

First, drop the driver of the vehicle off in order to retrieve the trailer. Attach the boat to the dock to ensure the boat doesn’t float away.

Next, everyone must get out of the boat as soon as you see the trailer backing down the ramp. The operator must stay to help guide the boat into position when reaching the trailer. Signals between the operator and the trailer driver should be used to communicate how far back the trailer needs to go. Once it’s far down enough, the driver of the trailer should put the vehicle in park, along with the emergency brakes set and the engine still on.

There are two options after this for getting your boat physically onto the trailer. A boat may have an easier time floating onto the trailer without having to do much. Some boats may have a hard time doing this. Another way to get the boat loaded onto the trailer is to slowly drive it. Some boats are easier to control by driving while loading.

Now is the time to attach the winch strap or cable to the bow eye of the boat. This will allow you to crank the boat only the trailer completely. After everything is securely attached, a safety chain must be used for additional reinforcement.

Finally, the driver of the trailer can begin to pull up the ramp slowly and cautiously. Let other boat owners use the ramp next by moving your trailer and boat onto the staging area. After parking, this would be a good time to plug in signal lights, lower antennas or attach tie downs.

Here are some extra tips to ensure a hassle free retrieval and load of your boat onto a trailer.
• Make sure the driver of the trailer is backed down far enough to for boat to glide up more easily.
• While loading your boat, leave any gear or materials on the boat to retrieve for later.
• Avoid applying the throttle to “power load”, which could potentially collapse the ramp.
• You can try to use the trailer to avoid the water and keep your feet dry.
• Make sure to check your signal lights are working to ensure safe driving on the road.

Always make sure that you are following the correct steps and procedures, in order to properly load your boat and avoid any accidents or injuries. Any time you decide to go on your next fishing trip, or simply want to hangout under the sun in your boat, you can do so with your securely attached boat to your trailer.

For safe trailering, use Ready Jack for Trailers in the event of a flat tire.  Ready Jack for Trailers allows you to change your flat trailer tire in under 5 minutes with minimal physical exertion!  All you have to do is pull a pin to drop the Ready Jack to the ground, move your vehicle about a foot or so to raise the trailer, change the tire, move your vehicle back, lift the Ready Jack, insert the pin and you are ready to get back on the road.  No need to get under the vehicle or put anything under the axle.