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TRAILERING - PART 3

Trailer Maintenance
Towing the Trailer, and Launching
and Retrieving the Boat
By: John Gullick,
Boating Safety Specialist and Contributing Writer

This article is the third in a three-part series that includes the
following:
1. The Tow Vehicle - Canadian Yachting April 2017
2. Choosing the Hitch and Trailer - Canadian Yachting
May 2017
3. Trailer Maintenance, Towing the Trailer, and Launching
and Retrieving the Boat
TRAILER MAINTENANCE
While your tow vehicle is more likely to be maintained on a regular basis, especially if you use it as an ongoing means of transportation, trailer maintenance is often neglected. As such, a
pre-season inspection and maintenance is a must, followed by
pre-departure checks every time it is used. Conduct a final postseason inspection and maintenance check before laying the boat
and trailer up for the winter.
Regular maintenance will ensure years of reliable and safe
trailering experiences.
THE PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST
The first check of your tow vehicle should confirm the following:
* All oil levels are up
* Tires are in good shape and their pressure is correct,
including the spare
* All hoses and belts are in good shape and the clamps
and belts are tight
* The battery is in good shape with tight connections
* All lights and turn signals are working
* There is nothing loose in the back of your truck, SUV,
or CUV
Note: Towing a trailer puts a greater load on the transmission, thus causing more heat build-up. Inadequate cooling is the
cause of the majority of automatic transmission failures. It is
therefore recommended that a transmission cooler be added,
especially if towing loads greater than 500kg (1,100 lbs.) for any
substantial distance.
After checking your trailer, confirm the following for your
truck:

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* Bunks or rollers are adjusted properly, including the
bow stop
* Transom and bow tie-down straps are tight
* Bow winch strap is tight and the bow is against stop
* Safety items and other gear in the boat are secure and
distributed evenly
* Tires are in good shape and their pressure is correct,
including the spare
* Wheel nuts are tight and bearings are well lubricated,
ensure there are no leaks
* Outboard or outdrive is tilted up and locked
* Engine brace is in place and secure
* Springs are OK and not overloaded
* Everything is tight and secure
* All cooking and heating fuel lines have been turned off
at the source
* You have the drain plug for the boat - if you are going to
launch as soon as you arrive at your destination, ensure
it is in place and secure
Finally, confirm the following for the connection between
trailer and tow vehicle:
* Ball is tight and lubricated and the correct size for the
coupler
* Receiver is secured to the hitch and the lock pin is
secure
* Coupler latch is closed and the lock pin is secure
* Correct tongue weight, trailer, and tow vehicle level - if
not, redistribute load in the boat
* Safety chains are crossed and correctly hooked in place
* Electrical connections are tight and the lights and turn
signals are working
* Breakaway cable for the trailer brakes is attached
* Brakes are working
* Tongue jack is up and locked
* Rearview mirrors are adjusted properly
* Wheel chocks removed and placed in the vehicle for use
again at your destination
* Did I mention the drain plug?
Checking all these items before you depart will take about 15
minutes but can help ensure a safe trip and save hours of problem solving later on.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2017

Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
The Port Hole
Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
Power Review: Leader 33
Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
Canadian Yachting June 2017 - 11
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - The Port Hole
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Power Review: Leader 33
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
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