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If your trailer is 1500 pounds or more gross weight, it will be
equipped with brakes. Most brakes today are the "surge" type
which activate when the tow vehicle decelerates. Boat trailer
brakes need regular inspection to ensure proper operation.
Should your brakes fail in a sudden or unexpected stop, you
may find yourself in a difficult and dangerous situation, if not in
an accident. Have your mechanic check your brakes at least
once a year, particularly at the start of the season.
Wheels and Tires. Your trailer tires need routine checking as
well, look for cracking, wear, and sufficient pressure. Trailer tires
take a beating at ramps, over the road at highway speeds, and
just sitting around the yard exposed to ultraviolet light. Don't
forget to take along a spare as well. Wheels exposed to water
also need regular greasing to maintain wheel bearing integrity.
Tie it down. Make sure the boat is properly cradled with
bow eye secured to the winch hook, as well as being properly
tied down as recommended by the manufacturer. Remember
to secure the winch handle so as to prevent accidental release,
boat damage, or possible injury.

Launching Your Boat

The skill of launching a boat comes with time and practice.
Before attempting any ramp on a busy weekend, you may first
want to practice backing up a trailer in a vacant parking lot. This
will give you a fair idea of how the trailer will respond to the tow
vehicle when backing. You might perhaps want to use traffic
cones or similar props to simulate the launch ramp limits and
practice with them until you feel confident. The local ramp is
not the place to learn on a busy weekend. The concrete is not
very forgiving and your fellow boaters tend not to be particularly
patient with rookies.
When you are ready to launch your boat, the following suggestions will save time when your turn to launch arrives. While
waiting in line check out your boat and trailer. Be certain that:
* the boat plug is in
* the tie downs are removed
* the bow and stern lines have been attached to the boat
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