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boat trailer

There are lots of things to consider when buying a boat trailer.

Boat Trailer Size

Firstly, you need to think about size. Every trailer has a maximum weight it is designed to carry. You need to include the weight of your boat, outboard engine, fuel and any gear you will have on board, when deciding on the size you need. Best to add an additional 15 percent onto the total weight calculation to be safe.

Single or Multiple Axles

Single axle trailers are less expensive to buy, to maintain & can be easier to navigate, but are only suitable for rigs under 1.5 ton or 1500 kg. Dual axle boat trailers will track better on the road and offer greater safety in the event of a tyre blow-out and are suitable for rigs under 3.5 ton or 3500 kg; more than 3.5 ton you will need a Tri Axle Trailer.

Watson’s Marine manufacture boat trailers, custom-built Single, Dual & Tri Axle trailers, for a variety of vessels – glass, alloy, yachts & cat trailers. They can advise you on the best option for your needs. If you have the need for a Tandem or Tri Axle Trailer, Frank Watson believes load sharing suspension is the way to go, spreading the load evenly over the axles, providing a smooth ride for you and your load, which assists with ease of maneuvering.

Trailer Frames

Aluminum trailers are corrosion resistant and lighter weight. The range of Vindicator Quality Aluminium Trailers are designed and built under the Australian Design Ruling – ADR. They are built from Structural Aluminium and Australian Steel on our sub-frames. Axles, springs, winches, rollers etc. are all Australian-made to ensure the trailers are strong. We specialise in building trailers that are very strong, easy to launch and retrieve, making them easy to tow. This is essential at those busy boat ramps.


Trailer Brakes

Check out the different trailer systems when buying your trailer and make sure you have the right trailer under the boat you are going to purchase, as the trailer is what will get you to your destination safely. Check the running gear when buying your next trailer – axles, hubs, springs and shackle bolts and of course, the most important braking systems. Make sure you have the right braking system for the weight of your rig. So many out there today, do not have the right brakes for the right loads.

The Vindicator Range of trailers offer several options: No Brakes, Override Brakes fitted with stainless cable and fittings or Electric Brakes fitted with Carlyle Hydro Star System & Stainless Steel Braided Brake Hoses, Galvanized Hubs & Axles or you can upgrade to the Titan Stainless Steel Ventilated Brake System. Again, our team can help you with this decision.

Trailer Lights

Lights are another important safety issue for a trailer. Vindicator Trailers use only top quality LED Trailer Lights, LED Mudguard Clearance Lights and large reflectors. The LED range of lights today are very well accepted by the car & trailer manufactures, they are so much better than the old bulb lights.

At Watson’s Marine, we pride ourselves in providing customized aluminum trailers to meet your needs. You get to deal directly with the trailer manufacturer, so you have the advantage of working side by side with us when building your trailer, which means you get exactly what you want. We will involve you, the customer,  in the build process, and you will see your trailer take shape with up-to-date photos.

Want to know more about Vindicator Quality Aluminium Boat Trailers? Check out the Watson’s Marine website, visit them at Watson’s Marine, 52 Wickham Street, Gympie or come to Brisbane Boat Show (Stand 401). Introduce yourself to our Vindicator Team. We would love to answer any questions you may have about our Aluminium Trailers.