If you just changed boats and still want to use the same trailer for transportation, you might need to carry out some adjustments first. This is important to ensure your safety, that of the boat, as well as the safety of other road users. Since every boat trailer is designed to handle a specific boat type, changing your boat will definitely require some alterations to your trailer too. Read on to see what parts you may need to purchase and adjust.
Bow chocks, or v-chocks, have to match the type of boat you have. If your new boat is the exact same size or has a duplicate bow as the old one, you may not need new chocks. However, if the dimensions of the new boat are different, you will need to get a matching chock i.e. smaller or bigger chocks. This is important to ensure your boat is held snugly without wiggling about when in transit. An incorrect chock could allow the boat to surge forward and pummel into the car.
If your boat has wobble rollers, you might need to do some work on these as well. Luckily, you won’t have to purchase replacements. However, you will need to adjust their positioning to ensure the rollers are in perfect contact with the sides of your new boat. Doing so will ensure your boat doesn’t wobble. This applies if your new boat has a shorter or longer width. To make the adjustment you’ll need to purchase new yokes or tune the current ones, if adjustable.
If you are getting a larger boat, it’s good to replace the bunks as well. Bigger bunks will take the added weight better without cracking or breaking. Also, if your boat trailer has a shallow V-curve that doesn’t allow fitting of a large boat, you can install thicker bunks to correct the problem. Thicker bunks will raise the floor of the trailer and allow a larger boat to rest on it without grazing the sides.
Winch & straps
Every boat trailer winch is rated to handle a specified load capacity. If your new boat weighs less than the previous one, you can continue to use the same winch. However, if you are getting a bigger boat, check the specifications of your winch. Your winch should still be able to handle the weight load of the new boat. If not, replace the winch with a higher-rated model that has the ability to pull your heavier boat. Remember to change the straps too.
Apart from the above, consult your garage to see if you need to adjust or change your suspension. Also ask about the wheel and tyres too. Contact a business like Transtyle Trailers to check out options for spare trailer parts.