Washington Boating Safety Course


TRANSPORTING AND TRAILERING

SAFE TOWING PREPARATION

You must ensure that the towing vehicle can handle the towing load and has an appropriate trailer, hitch, and safety chains. Trailers, like boats, have capacity platesindicates the maximum allowable weight of persons, equipment, stores, fuel, engine assembly, and steering controls as well as the recommended safe limits of engine power. attached. Make sure your trailer has the capacity to carry your boat AND motor, fuel, and any additional gear on board before you begin a road trip. Pay particular attention to the tongue weight the trailer weight when loaded with a boat and on the hitch ball.. Also don't forget to check the tire pressure and always be sure to have a spare in case of an emergency.

A tongue that is too heavy will create steering difficulties, while a light tongue can result in fishtailing.

MATCH THE TRAILER CLASS WITH THE PROPER HITCH

TRAILER CLASS

TOWING WEIGHT

Class 1

not to exceed 2000 lb.

Class 2

2001 lb. to 3500 lb.

Class 3

3501 lb. to 5000 lb.

Class 4

over 5000 lb. up to 12,000 lb.

MAKE SURE YOUR TRAILER HAS THE CAPACITY TO CARRY YOUR BOAT AND MOTOR, FUEL AND ADDITIONAL GEAR ONBOARD.