1) The weight of your boat
needs to include engine(s), fuel, gear and any
factory added options that the builder did not
include in its boat weight. This weight along
with your expected trailer usage will determine
the capacity of the trailer. Trailers are manufactured
to carry a predetermined weight and should not
The Length of the boat from the pulpit (if included)
to the engine mount. Remember, if you are towing
with a van or camper you don’t want the
pulpit over the coupler on the trailer.
The type. Many trailers are designed to allow
the owner to drive the boat on and off. However,
some ramps are too shallow to allow adequate
submersion for the boat to load properly. Other
ramps may have a drop-off at the water’s
edge and will not allow proper launching. Be
sure to determine if your trailer will perform
adequately at your local marina. Choose the
type (drive-on or roller) which best fits your
Aluminum or Galvanized. Galvanized trailers
offer a protective coating that normally prevents
rust for several years. Aluminum trailers will
experience virtually no corrosion and are somewhat
lighter in weight. Both perform well in salt
Single or Tandem Axle trailers are available
on all models 18’ long and larger. Both
models have advantages and disadvantages.
Single axle trailers are
lighter in weight and easier to maneuver however,
their weight capacities are less. Tandem models
can carry more weight but are somewhat more
difficult to back-up. If you plan to do a lot
of long distance driving, consider choosing
a tandem trailer for the safety it provides
in case of a tire failure.
Wide boats and trailers may be subject to certain
state towing laws. Please check with your state
D.O.T. for regulations.
Laws. The State of Florida requires brakes on
all axles of any trailer with a G.V.W.R. of
3000 lbs. or more. This means the combined weight
of the boat, trailer and all equipment being
towed. Most other states have similar laws.
When selecting a trailer for your needs, be
sure you comply with these legal statutes. Additionally,
today’s lighter weight vehicles may not
provide adequate braking by themselves. Drive
safely; make sure your trailer has brakes installed.
trailer model numbers ending with “B”
are assembled with brakes on all axles. These
models are available without brakes; however,
the load capacity is greatly reduced to comply
with Florida Law.