When buying a new boat or pontoon the trailer you'll be towing it with often takes a back seat. You get caught up in the size, power, and features that you need to make your summertime dreams come true. The boat's trailer falls to the side as an afterthought.
But, not all trailers are created equal. Choose the wrong one and you'll have a tougher time on the road and at the launch than you need to.
When choosing a trailer, a few key factors have to be considered.
This is simple, the length of your boat dictates the length of the trailer you need.
Each trailer is rated for a maximum weight. Combine the weight of your boat or pontoon, gear, motor, fuel, and anything else that will be carried on the trailer to determine the entire weight. Add 15% as a buffer to be safe and make sure you’re within the trailer’s weighted maximum.
Axles - There are both single and dual axles available when choosing your boat trailer.
Single-axle is lighter (cheaper on your vehicle’s fuel), less expensive to purchase, easier to move around, and easier to maintain.
Dual-axle trailers carry more weight and are safer on the road.
If your boat load and trailer have a combined weight of 3000 lbs or more, the Ministry of Transportation requires your trailer to have brakes. Even if you’re not required by law, trailer brakes greatly assist with sudden stops and preventing jack-knifing.
Trailers come with optional bunks and/or rollers. Bunks offer greater support across the surface of your hull. Rollers are much easier to load and unload.
The only decision you have left is aluminum vs galvanized steel. The first is lighter, less expensive, and a little less likely to oxidize. But, the differences are subtle. It really comes down to personal choice.
If you’re looking to match a Legend Boat to the right trailer, we already know what works best for your particular model. If you’re looking to match another brand with a trailer contact your local Authorized Legend Dealer for assistance.
Yours In Boating,