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What to consider when buying a boat trailer

If you’re the type of person who enjoys bobbing in the open water but doesn’t live close to a lake or the ocean, or if you just want to be able to haul your boat from one body of water to another, a boat trailer might be the solution for you.

If you’re the type of person who enjoys bobbing in the open water but doesn’t live close to a lake or the ocean, or if you just want to be able to haul your boat from one body of water to another, a boat trailer might be the solution for you. That’s why, here at Leyland Leisure, we offer our customers a wide range of boat trailers from simple canoe trailers, to enormous trailers for yachts.

While we have a vast array of boat trailers available, making sure that you choose the right trailer for your boat is vital. But what types of things should you consider when you’re shopping for a boat trailer? Here are just five variables which will help you decide which boat trailer is best for you.

Boat size

The size of your boat will obviously be an important consideration as to the type of trailer you choose. If you only possess a small boat like a canoe or a kayak, it might be worth investing in a smaller trailer. A yacht will obviously take up more space.

Boat weight

Some boats can be very large but lightweight, such as fibreglass dinghy, while others can be small and heavier. The weight of your boat will obviously have an impact on the exertion placed on your trailer and its maximum speed – an important consideration if you would like your trailer to last a long time.

Boat waterline width

While the length of your boat is a vital factor when choosing a trailer, the waterline width or ‘the beam’ is also an important consideration. If the width of your boat is too small for the trailer your boat may need to be secured by other means. If your boat is too wide it won’t fit into the trailer and may well cause abrasion or, worse, structural damage to your boat.

Bunk style or roller style?

There are two types of set-up you can choose for your new boat trailer: bunk style and roller style. Bunk style trailers are less expensive with fewer parts to maintain, using keel rollers to centre the boat and support a small amount of its weight. However, they can scratch the paint of your boat due to friction. A roller trailer, meanwhile, is more expensive to purchase and maintain, distributing the boat’s weight over many points. However, there are no friction points.

How many boats?

If you are carrying more than one boat at a time you will clearly need a larger bespoke option. We stock certain trailers that can carry multiple boats at a time. For example, our custom-made kayak trailer can carry a weight of up to 750kg and up to 13 kayaks.

Contact us!

Here at Leyland Leisure, we are specialist boat trailer manufacturers able to supply boat trailers that last longer than the boats they haul around. We can provide bespoke and partial trailer builds, along with spare boat trailer parts. If you are interested in our boat trailers, why not get in contact with us via our contact page? We’ll see what we can do to give you the best trailer for your needs.

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