Operating a boatyard, boat repair service or a marina requires having the right equipment to safely move boats of all sizes. For any type of use, either a towable or a self-propelled boat trailer may be the best option to get the job done.
Many smaller boatyards, repair shops, and marinas start out with towable trailers. These can offer dependable boat moving options for small to large vessels, and they are designed to be durable, long lasting and offer full hydraulic controls for ease in handling. They are a reasonable price trailer option that can be a highly effective choice for a wide range of applications.
However, the towable types of boat trailers do have a few drawbacks to consider as well. They are not as easy to maneuver in tight spaces, which is an important factor in the safety of moving the vessels on the trailers in boatyards and marinas. The towable trailers also require the use of a truck or tractor to move the trailers, which may mean the purchase and maintenance of another vehicle.
The Self-Propelled Trailer Advantage
By upgrading to a self-propelled boat trailer, the need for an additional vehicle to move the boats is completely eliminated. The well-designed trailers offer full visibility from the operator platform, and many offer optional camera systems to provide full 360 range of sight for the operator, including watching the bottom of the boat during the loading of the trailer.
A self-propelled boat trailer can be designed strictly as a yard trailer, or it can be designed to allow for full submersion. For most boat yards, the submersible models provide the greatest versatility, including moving powerboats and sailboats in the yard as well as to the water.
It is critical to consider the reputation of the manufacturer of any self-propelled boat trailer. Look for trailers that are designed for stability, safe movement of boats, high maneuverability and operator safety and visibility to get the best value for your investment.