Towing your new boat might seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Practice, practice, practice, and you’ll be on your way.
First off, check your trailer tire pressure, lights, and breaks before you head out. Top off fuel tanks for your boat and your vehicle. Secure the boat at the bow eye and confirm that it’s secured with tie-downs at the transom. Then, connect the boat to your vehicle.
Just like learning how to drive a car, practicing towing your boat trailer can help you drive safely and confidently. Look for an empty parking lot with plenty of space to practice in. Then, drive your vehicle around to practice pulling the trailer and backing up.
When you’re pulling into a parking space or turning a corner, keep the trailer behind you by swinging your vehicle out wide. Check your mirrors and keep an eye on your surroundings to make sure you have enough room for your vehicle and the boat trailer.
Once you feel good about your towing abilities, drive the trailer to the launch ramp area. Back in very slowly once you arrive. Use your mirrors or look over your shoulder to make sure you have a clear view of the back of your vehicle and the boat trailer. Finally, park your vehicle, and get ready to launch your boat!
Take your new boat out for a spin. At the end of your adventure, load the boat back onto the trailer. Clean the trailer and remove any weeds, bait, live wells, and loose items. Then, check your trailer tires and lights again before you head home.
Once you’re home, be sure to remove wet gear from storage compartments in your boat, and clean up trash to prevent mold and critters from exploring the boat. Always consult your manual for instructions and best practices.