View Full Version : Should I be driving my MC onto the trailer?

09-23-2009, 09:21 AM
Hey All! I hope everyone is having a good week. I found some useful information on the topic, however I didn't find a specific answer, so I thought I'd ask the question. I have had my first MC for about 2 months now and want to know if most owners drive their boats onto the trailer? I have been on boats for the last 20 years and this is my 3rd one, but I have never driven my other boats onto the trailer. My buddy's that own MC's drive their's on and it seems pretty aggressive on the hull. Is our hull's made for this or is it pretty hard on them? My X-9 doesn't have a single scratch on it, and I'd like to treat it right. I appreciate your .02 worth.:D

09-23-2009, 09:22 AM
I drive mine on FWIW. And I have a black hull.

09-23-2009, 09:25 AM
Drive mine on every time. That's what the boat buddy is for!

09-23-2009, 09:55 AM
We have to drive our X-45 on; it's so heavy the winch strap won't pull it up...I don't like it but it's what we have to do.

09-23-2009, 09:57 AM
I easy my X-45 on as much as it will go under just a bit more than idle. Connect the winch, and assist it with throttle. I too have a black hull, and no probs.

09-23-2009, 10:23 AM
I always drive mine on.

09-23-2009, 10:37 AM
I've always drove mine on, all boats for that matter. never had a problem

09-23-2009, 10:54 AM
what does FWIW mean??

09-23-2009, 10:55 AM
I drive on. However, use Liquid Rollers and wet the bunks completely before doing so to reduce friction. I normally dump the trailer completely in the water and then pull out to the desired depth before the girlfriend drives the boat on. I have looked for any indication of scratches from the bunks and have not seen any after 3 seasons of this.

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Hoosier Bob
09-23-2009, 10:58 AM
For What It's Worth! He must be a texter!;)

ICBW though!what does FWIW mean??

09-23-2009, 11:06 AM
For What It's Worth! He must be a texter!;)

ICBW though!

FOAD! And I'm not a texter. LOL.:D

09-23-2009, 11:19 AM
I have always driven all my boats on. As with Sodar, I fully dunk the bunks first. I also have a black hull.

09-23-2009, 11:33 AM
I'm kinda in between. I probably get my trailer a little more into the water than most. The boat is about 1/2 - 1/3 over the trailer before the carpet hits the hull, and then I ease up. I also have a Keel Guard to protect against the roller, which was causing wear damage, and because I beach it regularly.

09-23-2009, 01:06 PM

09-23-2009, 01:09 PM
My wife and daughter drive the boat on the trailer and have for 20+ years, I just watch the Wallie's faces! If you notice, she doesn't hit it like a bull in a china shop, just slow and precise.



09-23-2009, 01:12 PM
I drive on (gently) and I haven't seen any wear. That said, I only put it on the trailer a couple of times per year.

I think that driving on, is the best way to get the boat centered on the bunks properly.

09-23-2009, 01:23 PM
Drive on and off. The trick is to know your "sweet spot" and to wet the bunks when retrieving. For most, the "sweet spot" seems to be fenders just about water level. Some a little lower, some just a skosh higher. Feather back and forth with the throttle to keep the bow straight. I would recommend practicing in some open water at idle speed the throttle technique. Low speed handling can be tricky at first.

09-23-2009, 01:46 PM
One thing that I don't like, is it seems like the eyelet on the front of the boat bumps into the small v-shaped punk on the front... I put the trailer very far into the water, so the bottom of my F150's tires are in the water. I have to gas the boat pretty good to get it to climb up into the boat buddy. On the bottom of my boat it looks like there is a bit of wear, where the boat glides on the bunks. I may use my trailer more than average, as I trailer at least 2-3 times a week.

09-23-2009, 03:24 PM
Sounds like you are going too deep. I don't have your trailer, but water just above, below or right at the trailer fenders, for most seems to be the ticket. Perhaps someone with your setup will chime in.

09-23-2009, 09:08 PM
I never drive the boat on or off the trailer! ... I let my wife do it, because she can't maneuver the trailer! :)

Double D
09-23-2009, 09:10 PM
Always drive boat on and off the trailer. Get the bunks wet and leave about 1" of the fenders above water. Some steep ramps make it rough. Here is a thread from the past.