Boating Tips and Tricks from Roger Brown

Don’t Neglect Your Boat Trailer!

Let’s talk about boat trailers – so often the neglected part of many boating rigs.

  • First off, while the trailer is on the ground, give the wheels a good shake and look for any movement, loosen and re-tighten the wheel nuts one at a time to make sure they are not seized.

  • Next, jack the trailer up and spin the wheels. If they spin smoothly and quietly - all good, but if you hear any grumbling bearing noises it’s time for new bearings; a seized wheel nut or faulty bearing in your garage may be a nuisance, but on the side of the road it could be a very expensive tow truck journey.

  • Always carry a spare wheel, as well as a suitable wheel brace and jack as the one supplied with your car may not fit your trailer.

  • Check your tyre pressures - a semi-deflated tyre will build up a lot of heat and may cause a blowout.

  • Check all your trailer lights are in good working order.

  • Put a little grease on your trailer coupling.

  • Check your winch wire cable or strap for any signs of wear and tear. Always stand to the side of the winch when putting the boat on the trailer - if the winch cable snaps and flies back it could result in serious injury.

  • Check your tie downs and safety chains on boat and trailer.

Also, fitting your trailer with a motor support bracket is always a good idea; it saves damage to the transom of your boat and the engine mounts on your outboard from road shock by allowing the load to be taken by the trailer.

With a bit of basic maintenance your next trip should be a happy and safe one.

Merry Christmas, and Safe Boating!

Roger Brown,

Brisbane Boat Buyers.

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