Chapter 3: Launching and Operation

Towing Safety

Here are some final steps one should take to ensure safety and the safety of other motorists, before heading out:

  • Ensure that the boat is centered on the trailer and that the weight of the vessel is evenly distributed. Uneven distribution can impair the ability to steer and maneuver.
  • When attaching the trailer to a vehicle, ensure that the chains beneath the frame are crisscrossed under the tongue. These will need to able to support the entire weight of the load in the event that the hitch breaks.
  • Ensure that the trailer direction and brake lights are fully functional.
  • Check the tire pressure and ensure all tires are secure.
  • Adjust side and rear view mirrors so that one can clearly see both the trailer and the traffic behind.
  • Tie down any loose equipment which may shift during the drive.
  • Use additional straps to tie down the boat to the trailer frame.

It is always best to practice driving with your boat and trailer attached so one can become familiar with maneuvering before heading out on the highway or busy road. Try and get especially comfortable turning and backing up with your trailer attached.

Boat Towing Safety