Trailering your boat
Practice makes perfect
Towing your boat safely and without undue stress requires you to develop skills and practice towing before your first trip to the boat ramp.
You can practice maneuvering the tow vehicle and trailer, with or without the boat, in a big empty parking lot, such as at a stadium or church. Develop your handling skills before going anywhere near the boat launch, where you may encounter congestion and impatient trailer boaters.
When backing, pull up until your trailer is straight behind the vehicle if possible. Put hands, thumbs pointing upward, at 7 and 5 o’clock on the steering wheel. To make the trailer go to your right, move your right hand up.
Another approach: Position one hand at the bottom of the wheel. Move your hand in the direction you want the trailer to move. If you want the trailer to go right, move your hand to the right.
To learn more about trailering your boat, take a seminar near you.