If you are in the boat storage business, you probably have several yard trailers for your needs. However, nothing lasts forever and you may have the need for a new trailer or two. But what kind of trailer should you choose and why? Here is a look at some of the options you have, to help you make an informed decision.
It’s very important to have the right size tools for the job and this applies to your trailers. Each trailer should be able to handle a specific size and weight of vessel with no problems. In fact, if you are ever in doubt (for size) it’s best to err on the side of caution and go for the bigger and heavier model. Even thought it costs more, it can save you a lot of headaches in the future.
Can the Trailer Handle All Types of Drive Systems?
Your yard trailers may be able to handle both inboard and outboard drive systems, but what about the new Pod Drives? These boats are becoming more and more common because they deliver superior handling and better fuel efficiency. If your units can’t handle these vessels, you are going to lose a lot of business in the future.
The more adjustments you can make, the better the fit and the safer the transport. Look for important features like these:
- Height adjustable beam – allows for different types of drafts
- End bumper guards for maximum protection
- Rear hydraulic arms with 90-degree rotation to accommodate wide vessels
For larger vessels you probably need a hydraulic trailer. Make sure you have the capacity to manually control the system and each side of the frame can be lowered and raised. All hydraulic cylinders should have double locking valves too.
Options to Consider
When you look at yard trailers, don’t forget about the extras. Here are some to consider:
- Galvanization – instead of a painted surface you may wish to opt for galvanized components. This will help to eliminate corrosion.
- Solid tires – this helps to eliminate future problems with flat tires in your boatyard. Plus, there is never the need to check the air. Good solid tires may cost more, but can save you a lot in maintenance costs over the years.
- Air or hydraulic brakes instead of electric
Choosing the Right Manufacturer
Make sure to choose yard trailers made by trusted manufacturers known for their quality and innovative designs. Look for the best warranties and benefits like lifetime customer support, as well as parts services.