When visitors at a boat show, have a Boat Latch owner stop to tell them. Coupon code: teamtalk20 Hello Team Talk members, We have been working with MasterCraft for the last 18 months while developing this product. So all it's for is getting the boat up the ramp. The previous latch was 1. Much less thrust required that way.
When I replaced the shroud, I carpeted it and it improved this. I have two jet drives so it's easier to keep in forward thrust mode at idle, but it's not enough to keep the boat in position to use the winch. I used it when I had a 23 ft cuddy. I like being able to use the bunks to center the boat easily, especially if the wind is blowing or theres a current. I have my wife drive onto the trailer, I hook the bow eye, and then I use a Power Winch to get it up most of the way, then finish it manually. According to the advertising you drive your boat onto the trailer, nudge the boat into the latch and the spring loaded pin snaps shut onto the bow eye.
Try not putting the trailer in a foot less so the bunks hold the boat enough for you to attach and wench it the last few inches with the engine off. I don't have any info on who makes it. My buddy also still uses his Boat Buddy on his '98 Supra Comp, always has. I believe on the Mastercraft the bow eye extends a bit further to trigger the latching mechanism. This system is used by Mastercraft which allows for the boat to be powered onto the trailer and then automatically latch around the bow eye.
My boat and trailer are 2003. If you fail to do that the big jerk on the latch pin can cause it to bend. And never scratched my boat with hundreds of launches behind it. It's a snap hook that you splice a pendant onto or attach to the winch strap, in your case , and a kicker hook that you mount on a boat hook. Just curious what your feeling is based on.
The other issue is the bow eye. The strap usage is really only a formality not a work effort. Just lookin to make life a little easier when loading the boat. . To be honest even if they it's what 30 sec longer to hookup a bow strap knowing my boat is secured is worth it. Be safe When I started this thread I neglected to say that I have a Drotto, but I have not used it yet as I just bought it in Dec. The powering on undermines ramps and that is why it is not allowed at the ramp I use, it is alot easier if you can power on.
The reason I bought it in the first place was the trailer is a roller trailer and when I back down the ramp, the boat wants to roll backward. There are some free inclusions to celebrate our entry into the American marketplace. My sons job to walk out on the trailer and snap on the cable end to the bow eye thats why my wife gave birth to him, for just this job. Has anyone modified their trailer to use the boat buddy system? I've done it for years on a variety of boats, and not a single issue. I would put guide poles on my trailer to make it easier to center and also make sure you have help while putting the boat on or even a electric winch to assist.
Did it come with an extended bow hook? Their not designed to be used to tow the boat at high speeds. Doesn't mark up the hull or hurt the bunks but gets the boat centered usually. It does come with the extended bow loop that has to be installed so that the grabber and your winch hook will fit. It will work on a bunk trailer but you do have to have some pressure toward the rear on the latch in order for it to open. If not, I can see where I get them from. We have now added a brace that increases strength in the direction red arrows shown by 220% tested by an independent certified testing lab. Although not considered the most safe method, when loading it is possible to leave the boat in forward gear while you reach over the bow to connect the hook and strap.
I'm never under power when it hits the trailer. I want something that automatically latches the boat into place when I put it on the trailer. My signature line is cooler than your signature line. The admiral wasn't a fan of putting the boat on the trailer, but she is a pro at it now. I know this site is about Brand and not safety but I'll go out on a limb and comment - It's really not safe to leave the helm at any time with the out drive engaged. But very occasionally we get some wild man that manages to bend 10 mm stainless steel plate.
Loading the boat becomes eaiser with experience and gadgets are not as necessary. I know this site is about Brand and not safety but I'll go out on a limb and comment - It's really not safe to leave the helm at any time with the out drive engaged. I had one and removed it, wasn't working properly and quite honestly I wouldn't trust it. . Only once the boat can float on its own do I remove the strap. When the fish are biting or the storm is coming, we understand that every second counts! Sounds like I'll buy the poles as well. We work hard to bring the best fishing forums Ohio has to offer! My Boat Buddy is about 14 years old and has been on three different trailers.