If you have ever had the experience of picking up your boat only to find it missing a propeller or suffering other damage, likely, your hauling was not up to par. This not only impacts your boat’s appearance but also can have an impact on its performance and its value. Atrium Insurance Group knows how much Centennia, CO folks love their boats and other personal watercraft.
Let us help you avoid these common watercraft hauling mistakes:
1. Not practicing your hauling techniques.
Whether you’re a seasoned boater or a newbie, practicing your hauling is essential. The pros recommend using a large parking lot or another open area to make an obstacle course. Practice making turns of varying degrees and reversing too. Even if you’ve had experience hauling before, it’s always a good idea to brush up on your skills.
2. Not meeting state regulations.
Virtually every state has some law governing watercraft trailers. As a mandatory boat inspection state, Colorado law requires that all boats and motorized watercraft be inspected by state-certified personnel for these reasons:
- After launching into the waters of another state, before launching into Colorado waters.
- After leaving Colorado waters that contain invasive species.
- At any time, an inspection is requested by state authorities.
According to the American Boating Association, trailers in Colorado cannot exceed 35 feet in length, 8 feet 6 inches in width, and be no taller than 13 feet. Trailers over 3,000 pounds must have a separate brake.
3. Not performing a safety inspection.
Before driving with a trailer, it’s essential to check the trailer for any signs of damage or wear. Make sure your connections are secure, and you are not high-balled on the hitch. When in doubt, don’t drive out.
Even when you do your best to stay safe, accidents can happen. Let Atrium Insurance Group in Centennial, CO help you protect your trailer and your investment.