If you own a small or medium-sized boat, you probably already have or are thinking about buying a boat trailer. Your trailer is an essential element if you plan on hauling your boat around, when the time to winterize your boat comes, or when you want to store it for whatever reason.
Whenever we think about taking our boat out, we want it to be as easy as hooking the trailer to the car and go. We all also want our boat trailer to be reliable and easy to use, and there are some accessories that help us accomplish just that. Some accessories can make your use of the trailer simpler; others can make it safer, while others, both.
Here are some of the best boat trailer parts and fishing boat accessories to make your life easier and taking your boat out and around safer.
1. A Trailer Jack
The trailer jack is an accessory that makes towing the boat safer and easier. The jack keeps the trailer leveled when it is not hooked to the car; it makes it steady, which is handy when you need to load or unload the boat and when it is parked. It also raises and lowers the trailer when you need to attach it or detach it from the ball. There are two main types of trailer jacks: fixed and swivel. Depending on your budget and the type of trailer you use, you can choose the one that best works for you.
Fixed jacks, such as the DL tongue jacks, are easy to install, you can mount them in several different ways and their Zinc plating makes them very durable.
Swivel jacks, such as the Fulton trailer Jack F2 TWIN TR, have the advantage of reducing the effort you need to use when moving the loaded trailer. This particular swivel jack is virtually maintenance free.It was designed so that it does not need lubrication and it’s corrosion-resistant.
2. Wheel Chocks
Your trailer wheels should be secured whenever your trailer is parked.This is a safety measure that prevents the trailer from accidentally rolling away. Additionally, using wheel chocks when your trailer is winterized or if you will not be using it for a while will increase the lifespan of your trailer’s tires by distributing the weight’s pressure between the tires and the chocks. There are many brands for you to choose from such as theFloTool Wheel Chocks, these wheel chocks are lightweight, made of polypropylene -a strong and long-lasting material that is rust- and corrosion-resistant. They have a treaded surface which grips the tires and serrated teeth on the bottom so it properly grips on the ground, guaranteeing the stability of the trailer.
You can always opt to take on a DIY project and make them yourself using wood blocks and rope.
3. An Adjustable Wrench
This is an extremely versatile tool –even if you don’t own a trailer or a boat. An adjustable wrench is useful when you need to adjust the trailer’s bolts. It is advisable to check them all once or twice a year if it is frequently used, or if it has been stored for a while. An adjustable wrench will let you do this quickly.
However, don’t just go buying the first one you come across at Walmart or BestBuy. Since you will be using this tool near the water, you should buy a durable, well-known brand, made with top quality materials and a fitting design, such as this Campbell adjustable wrench. This beauty is chrome-plated, which makes it corrosion- and rust-resistant and has a non-slip grip.
4. A Wheel Dock
A wheel dock is essential for stabilizing the trailer’s tongue wheel. The wheel dock prevents that the tongue wheel sinks when you are parking your trailer on soft ground. The Camco Wheel Dock, for example, is a heavy duty, easy to handle Wheel dock that comes in bright yellow, so you won’t stop your foot while walking around the trailer. It is also easy to store and transport.
5. A Coupler Lock
This is what secures your trailer to prevent thievery. When the lock is in its place and secured, no one can lift the receiver or unhitch the trailer.
This is particularly useful if you travel a lot and/or if you travel long distances with your boat. You will not have to worry about anyone stealing it when you need to do stopovers.
One of the most popular coupler locks within trailer users is the REESE Towpower Universal Coupler Lock. This lock is made of aluminum and heavy-duty steel. It fits most trailers and it is bright yellow to discourage thieves.
Another favorite is the Gorilla Guard, manufactured by Cequent. This lock offers excellent protection for unattended trailers. It is designed to shield the lock from tampering devices and has a push button lock. This one also fits most couplers.
6. Safety chains
When taking your boat on long-distance trips, you should attach the ball to the hitch using safety chains. This provides and extra protection against the trailer detaching from the vehicle. In some states, it is mandatory for safety chains to always be in place while traveling.These six items will make your life easier while helping you use your boat and trailer safely. Remember it is always important to use high-quality trailer accessories and boat motor parts when improving and fixing your boat’s trailer. This will guarantee that your trailer will always be in the best condition and maximize its lifespan.