Hydraulic Trailers: Design, Function and Usefulness

by | Oct 26, 2015 | Automotive


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When moving marine vessels from one place to another, it is important to use the proper equipment to ensure that boats are transported safely and securely. hydraulic trailers provide many unique features and benefits that ensure that boat owners and marine vessel operators have peace of mind.

Hydraulic Trailer Design

Hydraulic trailers tend to be engineered and constructed by industry-specific standards of safety and efficiency. This holds true for all types of trailers, including self-propelled trailers, highway trailers, yard trailers, and other types of mobile lifts and tugs.

Today, marine boat trailer frames are typically welded from strong, rugged steel, and sandblasted prior to being painted. They are constructed with a unique open-frame design that allows for expansion, depending on what size of the vessel is being transported. Powerboats and cradled sailboats are commonly transported using hydraulic trailers.

Some additional parts can be purchased for vessels without keels to allow for an even wider expansion, such as a hydraulic sail arm, which is useful when transporting non-cradled sailboats.

Large Capacity and High Versatility

Thanks to the carefully manufactured open-frame design that allows for functional transportation of boats, yachts, and numerous other styles of water vessels, drivers can safely handle large vessels on the road, and even move equipment backwards if it’s necessary.

Also, positioning and setting up boat stands and keel blocks is a much simpler, faster process when you use a hydraulic trailer.

Live in the city? Travel long distances with your vessels? Certain trailers are specially made for more dangerous, high-traffic areas. Highway trailers are extremely versatile, and make freeway driving less stressful.

Height Adjustments

Although their construction is essentially the same as all other hydraulic marine trailers—a wide, steel, open-frame design—highway trailers have one very important difference: they are set lower to the ground. A hydraulic frame lift permits drivers to adjust the height even further.

For those who work in marinas and boatyards, commercial yard trailers are highly useful. The expanding-width frame ensures that all types of water vessels will remain secure while operators navigate through the marina. Yard trailers also occasionally come with industrial-strength tires to guarantee longevity, since they will experience more wear and tear in a commercial setting.

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