2018 New York State Boater's Guide - 15
Trailering Your Boat
By using a trailer, the average boater becomes more mobile,
eliminates the usual marina charges and makes routine maintenance easier to perform.
In selecting a trailer be certain that the one you choose is
capable of handling your boat's weight and length. Each trailer is
equipped with a capacity plate which informs you of this necessary
information. When determining the load don't forget to include all
equipment and gear that will be carried aboard the trailer during a
typical tow. As for length, the trailer must adequately support the
entire length of your boat including the transom. The trailer must
also be capable of being properly adjusted to uniformly support
the hull. When shopping for a trailer, either bunk or roller type, first
determine how you intend to use the trailer. Generally bunk trailers
provide greater long term storage advantages, while roller types
best facilitate launching/retrieval, particularly on shallow ramps.
Safety Tips. Never exceed your tow hitches rated capacity and
always be certain that the trailer hitch is secured to the vehicles
frame and not merely a light duty hitch secured only to the bumper.
are much safer, particularly with increasing
loads. Always consult your vehicle and
trailer owner's manuals for hitch specifications. Be certain
that the hitch ball is
always matched to
the coupler on the
trailer tongue. Using
a mismatched coupler and ball could result in the trailer disconnecting from the
Always connect the trailer to the hitch with the use of safety
chains. The chain size is usually determined by the manufacturer of
the trailer, however it is generally specified that the minimum breaking strength of the chain be about 1.5 times the maximum gross
trailer weight. Related hardware should also be equally rated.