Trailering My Boat: From Humiliation to Happy Launches

February 28th, 2014 | Posted by SavvyBoater in Trailering

EZ Slides make it possible, and easy, to launch your boat without submerging the trailer

EZ Slides make it possible, and easy, to launch your boat without submerging the trailer

You should see me launch a boat. My goodness. It used to be a fiasco. Men would flock to my aid from nearby boats, cars, and docks. Yes, I was that bad.

First off, I backed the Jeep too far into the lake. The exhaust pipe was percolating the water. I then waded around the boat, knee deep in mucky water to unhook and prepare the boat.

Trailering the boat was even harder, just trying to get the whole thing even as the boat bobbed loosely in the water. Boat drivers were lined up behind me, waiting their turns. It was mighty embarrassing, to say the least.

All the while, I was causing excessive wear and tear on the carpet bunks, as well as corrosion to the trailer lights and components.

The truth is, I didn’t need half a dozen men coming out of the woodwork to help me with trailering. I needed EZ Slide Trailer Pads from Ironwood Pacific.

EZ Sliders are made from a slippery composite that allows easy launching and trailering

EZ Sliders are made from a slippery composite that allows easy launching and trailering

These little beauties are made from a slippery composite that, when mounted directly to your trailer bunks, allow for easy launching and loading – without submerging your entire trailer under the water.

This system is great, even if you’re a wiz at launching and trailering your boat (as I’ve become).  The great advantage is that you don’t have to be working knee-deep in the water, and neither does your trailer.

Click here to see detailed specifications of the EZ Slide Trailer Pads from Ironwood Pacific. In short, the EZ Slides work for metal boats that weigh up to 4,000 pounds and fiberglass boats that weigh up to 1,500 pounds. They are available in black or white, and come in ten-inch lengths with widths of 1.5, 3 and 5.25 inches. The length of your trailer will determine the appropriate kit for you. The kits come with a 5-year warranty and are made in America.

EZ slides should be spaced 12” to 18” apart. How many EZ Slides do you need? Click here for a calculator end simply enter your number and length of bunks.

BunkerEnders help protect the carpet on the bunks

BunkerEnders help protect the carpet on the bunks

To avoid excessive wear and tear on the ends of my trailer bunks I also added a set of patented BunkEnders also from Ironwood Pacific. Made from the same slippery composite as the trailering bunk slides, and easy to mount, the BunkEnders  prolong the life of the carpet on my bunks, saving me from costly replacement. This is the simplest and most cost-effective product on the market to protect against premature carpet wear.

Link here to view a short video (1.23) that shows the EZ Slide Trailer Pads from Ironwood Pacific in action.

The slippery composite material on the EZ Slide Pads and BunkEnders makes trailering my boat a happy snap, instead of an embarrassing nightmare, especially on shallow ramps. The carpet on my boat trailer also looks better and will wear much, much longer, making me, my boat, and my trailer an efficient and snappy production when launching and trailering.

~SavvyBoater.com

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