If you are a boat owner then you either own a boat trailer or are considering buying one. Whatever the case might be, there are several advantages to owning your boat trailer.
First of all, you will not need to pay for boat storage service on the waterways because you can take your boat with you and park it in your own private space when it is not in use.
This is particularly important when you live far away from the waterfront and cannot afford to check your boat frequently if it is left on the water. It will also be more comfortable to carry out regular maintenance when your boat is on your property.
If you already have a boat trailer or you are looking to get one, there are several accessories you should have to make the move from the waterside to your private property easier.
If you plan to use your boat trailer as storage for your boat you would need some boat trailer parts to better secure and fasten your boat to the trailer. With these accessories, you don’t need to hire a wet slip for your boat at the harbor.
Best Boat Trailer Accessories
- Trailer Winch
The trailer winch is a very important accessory for every boat trailer. It makes it possible to hoist the boat out of the water and place it on the boat trailer.
- A Hitch
The hitch is a device that fastens your boat to your trailer. It fastens tightly to your trailer to prevent your boat from coming loose and rolling away during the drive from the harbor to your home.
Without a hitch, your boat will likely attempt to roll off during your move and while you might be quick enough to save it from falling sometimes; it is not worth the risk if you can get a hitch to save you the stress, advice experts from TrailerTek.
Your hitch should come with a good lock to prevent the boat from breaking away.
- Boat Trailer Winch
The trailer winch also serves as a locking device to secure your boat to your trailer for a safer trip from the water to your home and back.
The winch has securing devices such as ratcheting hooks that latch the boat to the trailer. A ratcheting hook enables you to tie a rope across the boat from front to back firmly, preventing it from falling unless you loosen it.
- Boat Trailer Rollers
Your boat trailer will come with its own set of boat rollers to aid loading and unloading your boat but it might also be necessary to get an add-on roller.
An add-on roller such as a self-centering keel roller can be fitted to the back of your boat trailer. This roller will help you load and unload your boat from your trailer, and give your trailer the necessary hoist to get your boat on easily.
Add-on rollers also help prevent the stress and possible scratches and denting that could occur while struggling to get your boat on the truck.
For a boat trailer that uses a bunk system, consider adding a trailer bunk with a 45-degree angle on one end for easy lifting and retrieval of your boat.