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Boat towing tips

Posted on: July 9th, 2012 by towingwriter

 

There are certain precautions to be taken when towing a boat, be it a ski boat used in competitions or even a fishing boat. Following a few handy tips will ensure the safety of your boat along with allowing you to reach your destination on time.

When towing a boat, it is important to remember not to cover the boat. Covering the boat prior to towing can be extremely dangerous if the cover is not tied down tightly. You should consider testing all the lights on your trailer in order to avoid any mishaps caused due to turn signals or brake lights that fail. It is important to ensure that the bow winch strap is tight.  Slight movement can cause the degeneration of strap causing additional problems if it breaks under pressure during the process of towing. It is always best to replace a strap once it starts to look weathered.

In order to avoid damaging both your trailer and your boat, it is imperative that the boat is securely tied to your trailer. Prior to towing, it is important to make sure that everything item within the boat is secured in place and there is no possibility of items flying out at any point during the journey. It is important to also make sure that tires are filled with sufficient air and are not worn out. You could save yourself the trouble of changing your tires in the middle of nowhere or calling a tow truck by inspecting them prior to setting out on your journey. While checking your tires, it is also a good idea to ensure that your spare tire is in a usable condition.

So whether you plan on towing the boat yourself or are planning on hiring a towing service company to do the job for you, make sure that these safety tips are followed and you will make it safely to your destination with your boat intact.

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