Al McGlashan Reveals his Top Tips on How To Retrieve a Boat Safely From the Water
4. Secure the boat
Once the boat is lined up firmly against the trailer’s back roller, winch it on while making sure that the boat is sliding on to the trailer in a straight line. Apply the brake when the boat is fully on the trailer and has made contact with the bow stop. Strap the boat down and attach the safety chain.
5. Get ready to drive off
Once your passengers are out of the boat, drive up the ramp and into the designated parking area to complete the rest of the process. Put away all your gear (don’t forget to stow the fishing rods!) and attach the trailer lights and tie-downs. Turn off the battery, pull out the drain plugs and make sure the lights are working. Once you’re in your vehicle, check that your mirrors have a clear view to the rear of the boat, then head home to enjoy your catch.