The Complete Guide to Trailering Your Boat: How to Select, Use, Maintain, and Improve Boat Trailers

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McGraw Hill Professional, Apr 5, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 168 pages

Master the most difficult part of boating before hitting the water

This comprehensive guide will help you gain confidence, develop skills, and avoid boat-ramp and highway mishaps when trailering your boat. The book includes easy-to-follow, heavily illustrated instructions on driving, backing, launching, retrieving, and tying down your boat; trailer maintenance; and selecting tow vehicles, hitches, trailers, and towing accessories.

 

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I thought I knew a lot about towing. But now I know a whole lot more after reading Mr. Smith's book. If you tow trailers of any kind, Mr. Smith's book is a must-read. Very well written, easy to understand, and it brings up some excellent safety, liability and insurance issues related to towing boat trailers. Also applies to other trailers.  

Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Choosing Your Vehicle
7
3 Trailer Hitches
42
4 Choosing and Equipping Your Trailer
53
5 The Art of Towing
83
6 Launching and Retrieving Your Boat
105
7 Trailering Sailboats
129
8 Maintenance
141
Suppliers
155
Resources for Trailering Laws in the United States and Canada
158
Index
163
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Page 135 - ... the distance from the bottom of the keel to the top of the quarter-deck stringer, which is 26' 10" or a result of 6
Page 105 - It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town.
Page vi - Right Turn on Red: Permitted unless otherwise posted. Left Turn on Red: Permitted, from one-way street into one-way left, unless otherwise posted. Towing Autos: See Appendix, General Information Section, for basic requirements. Registration of towed motor vehicles not required. Towed vehicles must have a driver or be equipped with an adequate towing device (tow dolly, drawbar, lift arm) which compels it to remain in the course of the towing vehicle.
Page 105 - If your car has a faulty oxygen sensor, your gas mileage may improve as much as 40 percent.
Page 105 - Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon — or more — for gas.
Page 62 - The problem with this, however, is that it is based on the manufacturer's assumptions of how the boat is loaded and equipped.
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