After a long day on the water, loading your boat on the trailer is easy with these simple steps. You might be rushing to get home, but take your time as you load the trailer, boats are likely to be damaged if you’re in a hurry.
Loading a Boat onto Your Trailer
- Back the trailer in so the bunks get wet completely. Wetting the bunks reduces friction between the bunks and the hull. Don’t skip this step, save your gelcoat!
- Pull forward to a point where roughly a third of the center bunks are out of the water.
- Nose the bow of the boat between the bunks.
- Winch forward until the bow eye is up against the bow rollers. Don’t power load (using power to drive onto the trailer), as this washes out the ramp and will eventually ruin the launch. Don’t go above idle while at the launch.
- Slowly pull the boat out of the water.
- Attach and secure tie downs on both bow and transom.
- Remove anything that might fly out of the boat in transport.
- Note that different launch ramp and water depths may require slight adjustments to the procedure above.
- Be a responsible boat owner and rinse the trailer and boat hull off to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. This should also be common practice for those in salt water to prevent corrosion.
Take your time as you retrieve your boat from the water. Phoenix trailers are designed to hold your boat securely and safely, although if your boat is loaded crooked or incorrectly, our trailers won’t be able to do their job. Make sure the trailers bunks are in full contact with the hull. If your current trailer doesn’t securely nestle your boat, give us a call. We can talk about building the custom trailer your boat deserves. Phoenix Trailers is not responsible for any damage to persons, or property—be careful. Please see our terms of service.