BEFORE YOU TOW
• Make sure the trailer is in a level towing position.
• Check tyre pressures on the trailer and the tow vehicle.
• Check the tread on the tyres of the trailer and the tow car.
• Ensure that the trailer wheel hubs have the proper bearing lubrication.
• Ensure that the wheel nuts on the trailer and the tow car are correctly tightened.
• Outboard motors and stern drives should always be towed in the ‘up’ position.
• Secure any boat covers properly so that they do not come loose when the boat is towed.
• Connect and check the trailer lights (brake, indicator, reverse lights) to ensure they are working correctly.
• Connect the safety chains or cables as well as the breakaway cable.
• Tighten the transom tie-downs.
• Make sure all equipment is safe and properly secured on the boat.
• Back the tow vehicle with the trailer down far enough to ensure cooling water can be picked up by the motor.
• Put the handbrake on and leave the vehicle in park if it is an automatic, or one of the forward gears if it is a manual car.
• Lower the outboard or stern drive into the water.
• Start the motor(s) and allow to warm up for a few minutes.
• Disconnect the winch hook from the bow eye and then launch the boat.
• Once the boat is clear, remove the tow vehicle from the slipway.