Trailer depth indicators.

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by FISHALOT, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. FISHALOT
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    FISHALOT Junior Member

    Hello,
    I was wondering if any one uses or has used the trailer depth indicators. What do you think and are they worth the money. I am kinda short so I cant see much of my trailer especially when the trailer heads down the boat ramp I was thinking these indicators would help me know my trailer is at the right depth. especially at night. thanks for your reply.
     
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    If you have guide arms, just paint a stripe at the right depth.
     
  3. AndySGray
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    I agree with Gonzo,

    You could also use the 3M type reflective tape which works well in low light,

    Maybe add a rear pointing work light(s) on the towing vehicle too - check local regs on that - some have to be wired in such a way as can't be accidently switched on while driving.
     
  4. KnottyBuoyz
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    I have a similar problem with our dink on a trailer. Couldn't see it at all backing up so I picked up a couple of driveway markers from the local TSC store and mounted them to the trailer. Works perfect & cheap.

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  5. PAR
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    I saw a guy at a ramp once, that had some foam donuts around his trailer guides, that floated on contact with the water. When the foam rings hit a line, he knew he was deep enough. I thought pretty clever.
     
  6. philSweet
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    I just went by the sound of the exhaust. When it started going blub blub blub, it was time to stop. If stuff was floating around in the back, you'd gone a bit too far.
     
  7. FISHALOT
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    FISHALOT Junior Member

    Thank you for all your replies this is helpful.
     
  8. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    Good grief Knotty, that dink is so high on the trailer you can see the traffic from under it.

    Fishalot, what are you fishing at night for ?

    LOL, most guys fit a depth finder if they want to know how deep it is...

    How about a reverse light that lights up the side of the trailer ?
     

  9. FISHALOT
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    FISHALOT Junior Member

    Fanie who doesn't fish at night. I was referring to loading the boat at night anyways.
     
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