Welcome to Club Bennington

An official club forum for Bennington boats

Login Register

Loading the boat onto the trailer.

Discussion in 'Pontoon Forum' started by Cpabst39, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Cpabst39

    Cpabst39 New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    New pontoon owner here. What is everyone's recommended / preferred way to load the boat onto the trailer. Float it on or drive it on to the trailer. Like I said this is my first pontoon my previous boat was a "V" hull and I drove it onto the trailer. 


    Thanks for the advice want to do what's best for the boat.
     
  2. jabo

    jabo Active Member

    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    3
    I drive mine on. I back the trailer in to where there is an inch or two of water over the fenders and am good to go.
     
  3. sunnyside360

    sunnyside360 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    Central PA
    I drive on but with some of the steep ramps I had to install guides to keep the rear reasonably straight on the trailer.  Best money I spent after purchasing the pontoon.
     
    Mike31406 and bwsdj like this.
  4. mattb

    mattb Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    538
    Likes Received:
    398
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    I like to drive on/off, make sure she's up against the stops.  I will probably get guides because I need my wife or daughter to start doing this so we can be in and out faster.
     
  5. adkboater

    adkboater Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    788
    Likes Received:
    487
    Location:
    Tylersport,Pa
    I used to be a pro on the glass boat, my pontoon not so much!! I float it on whenever possible, if not I drive it on. I do have guides but the couple times I got against them it did do some scuffing of the sharkhide. My luck driving on has been minimal to say the least, probably minimal experience rather than luck! :)  
     
  6. Alicedream

    Alicedream Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    509
    Likes Received:
    407
    Location:
    Warsaw, MO
    I drive on very carefully. I find it much easier with Tritoon and the side guides. 
     
  7. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,999
    Likes Received:
    1,140
    Location:
    North Carolina
    We have never driven the boat on the trailer. Never had too. We've always easily floated it on............
     
  8. swiftm

    swiftm Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    534
    Likes Received:
    135
    Location:
    Traverse City, Michigan
    We always float on, but live on the lake so it only happens once a year. 
     
  9. prd2hnt

    prd2hnt Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    248
    Likes Received:
    132
    Location:
    Kennard, NE
    For me it depends on the ramp. One we frequent is pretty steep and requires us to drive it on the last little bit to get it all the way on.


    Another is not near as steep and and requires very little driving to get her all the way on the trailer.
     
    Mike31406 likes this.
  10. Scott1

    Scott1 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    121
    Location:
    Maine
    Drive it on, if there is any current or wind at all and I try to float it, my back end gets away from me.
     
    Mike31406 and lakeliving like this.
  11. uskdbp03

    uskdbp03 Member

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Union Kentucky
    We drive it on every time. Last year we added two post with pvc covers on back so back is always aligned so on a windy day once the front is aligned with those I can slow down and steer the back to insure a smooth load.


    best $79 I ever spent 


    I would send pictures but boat is two hours away


    Fan
     
  12. ILLINOIS AVE

    ILLINOIS AVE Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    213
    Likes Received:
    74
    Location:
    Green Lake Wisconsin
    We float ours on Just seems safer for us to do. Float it off when we put her in. We also live on lake so I don't get a lot of practice driving it on or off. I would probably decide to drive it on and end up with the boat in the back of my Yukon.
     
  13. CapKaz

    CapKaz Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    114
    Likes Received:
    83
    Location:
    Cedar Hill, MO / Mark Twain Lake Perry, MO
    Cpabst39,


    It takes a team that is current and qualified. We have dry docked our boats for around seventeen years. I believe the pontoon was a little easier to load than the Tritoon. I'm not sure why but we have a little more difficulty loading the Tritoon. It may be that you must line at least two toons up and they are very close together, were in cross wind with a pontoon just landing one brings the other one around. The center toon is the key with a Tritoon.


    The method we have found to work the best is to back the trailer in deep enough to wet all bunks, this will allow the toons to slid easily. Then pull the trailer out so that just the back 1/3 of the bunks are in the water. Back of the fenders just starting to go under, this gives the Captain a large target. Have the bow door open and have something like a rope or some other indicator that lines up with the center toon. That gives the Captain a sight for the center bunk. The trailer driver can give signals left or right or back off if target missed. Slow and steady is always best. Once the toons have contacted and began to slide up bunks the trailer driver carefully backs the trailer under the boat. The trailer driver can then put the trailer winch and safety chain in place.  Always use parking brake with all transmissions and if you use a standard transmission, always put the transmission in first gear and shut the vehicle off with the parking brake set. Slow and easy with lots of practice and anyone can load a boat like, well, like they know what they are doing.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 13, 2017
    Mike31406 and adkboater like this.
  14. azray007

    azray007 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    75
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    I used to float it on, but that was because I have a wonderful boat ramp.  At night by myself, pushing the boat from the dock and running to catch it at the launch wasn't the smoothest operation.  I finally bit the bullet and bought a loader from 4C Innovations.  Not cheap, but MUCH nicer than anything else I could find and has really made loading the boat a lot of fun.  It works great in calm or windy conditions.  Here's a link.  I worked with them on a tritoon package and they drove from Kentucky to the Charlotte area of NC to custom install it.  (That was part of the updated design and instructions.)  This is by far the best thing I have ever done for my trailer and the safety and care of loading/unloading my boat.


    https://pontoonloader.com 
     
    MikeB, sunnyside360 and BigKahuna like this.
  15. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,999
    Likes Received:
    1,140
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Pretty cool Alan! Great product!


    But we have always floated it on. We have done it so many times over the years.........We could do it in our sleep! Ha!
     
    azray007 likes this.
  16. sunnyside360

    sunnyside360 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    Central PA
    Very nice.  Looks like the perfect setup for driving a pontoon onto the trailer.  Think I'll pursue since we trailer every time we go boating.  
     
  17. cwag911

    cwag911 Moderator

    Messages:
    5,043
    Likes Received:
    1,181
    Location:
    Denver, NC on beautiful Lake Norman
    I powered on with your trailer.   :p
     
  18. BigKahuna

    BigKahuna Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,999
    Likes Received:
    1,140
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Never did or had to. The ramps in Virginia was in a long No Wake zone and here we always put in/take out during the week in the spring/fall when it's calm.....
     
  19. Spoiledrotten

    Spoiledrotten Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,387
    Likes Received:
    787
    Location:
    Below the Mason/Dickson Line
    In normal conditions, I drive mine on. If there is wind which makes it possible to damage something, then I get the wife to hold the boat near the dock, and I back the trailer down and under the boat. I then, attached the winch, and crank it about 1' to meet the stops. Simple either way. 
     
  20. MikeB

    MikeB Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    52
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Spring Branch TX (Canyon Lake)
    Has anyone used the caliber bunk slides? I'm on a fairly shallow ramp and trying to make powering on to the trailer a bit easier. Seems fairly reasonably priced.

    Thanks

    http://www.caliberproductsinc.com/marine-trailer-accessories/Marine-Slides.php

    http://www.caliberproductsinc.com/marine-trailer-accessories/BunkWraps.php
     

Share This Page