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Boat Trailers’ Weight Limit: How to Choose the Right One for Your Boat

Blog | 10 April 2017

Selecting the ideal boat trailer to haul your boat on with your vehicle can be a confusing task if you do not know what to look for in one. The size of the trailer is not the only consideration for one thing. You must also ensure that the trailer will carry the weight of your boat in a safe manner. Refer to the following information to learn how to choose the right trailer, according to the weight and size of your boat.

How to Figure the Weight of Your Boat

When you calculate the weight of your boat, you need to include all the additional elements that may be on the boat such as an outboard motor, fuel, water and your personal belongings. For example, one litre of fuel weighs about one kilogram. The manufacturer’s weight of the boat does not include all of these elements. If you don’t figure the boat’s weight accurately, you may purchase a trailer that is not strong enough to carry your boat in a durable, safe manner.

Length of the Trailer Is an Important Consideration

The trailer’s length should be long enough to support the entire hull of the boat as well as the rest of it. This is crucial since the hull may suffer damage during transport when the length of the trailer is too short.

How to Decide between Single-Axle and Tandem-Axle Trailers

The Gross Trailer Mass or GTM of a boat will determine whether it requires a single-axle or tandem-axle trailer. For two examples, a lightweight, small fibreglass boat that has a GTM that is less than 750 kg can be towed on a single-axle trailer while a larger and heavier boat of a weight greater than 2000 kg will need a tandem-axle trailer.

The Compliance Plate on the Trailer Should Show Its Weight Limit

Each boat trailer will have a compliance plate on it when you buy it directly from the dealer. On this plate, you will find various pertinent bits of information, including the weight limit of the trailer. With the help of this information, you can select a boat trailer with the right weight limit for your specific needs.

To learn additional facts about the boat trailers’ weight limit and how to select the right trailer for your boat, consult with AWW Group. We are a distributor here in the Victoria area of Australia for Kimple aluminium boats, Powertec outboards and boat trailers to suit a variety of boats.

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