Electric boat winches make it a lot easier to load your boat onto a trailer without straining your arms or back. They also come in handy on steep ramps, where the sharp loading angle makes it difficult to load your boat.
Using an Electric Boat Winch
To use your electric winch to load your boat, first place the towing vehicle’s transmission in “Park.” Set the emergency brake and block the wheels from rolling by using chocks.
We recommend keeping the vehicle’s engine running while using the boat winch so that you won’t drain the battery. However, you’ll need to use extreme caution when working around a vehicle with the engine running.
Next, grab the winch hook and unwind the steel cable until you can reach the boat in the water. Make sure there are at least four turns of steel cable left on the winch spool to prevent the cable from pulling out completely.
Attach the winch hook to the front of the boat using an approved pulling point, chain, or tow strap. Never wrap the winch hook around an object and hook it back onto itself; this could kink, fray, or otherwise damage the steel cable on your electric boat winch.
Loading the Boat on the Trailer
Use the “power in” button on the remote control to use the electric winch to load your boat on the trailer. Continue holding down the “power in” button until the boat is fully loaded on the trailer.
If you experience electrical failure for some reason, attach the manual hand crank to your electric winch and load the boat manually by cranking the handle.
Once the boat is loaded, secure the boat to the trailer using a chain or strap. Never rely on the winch cable to hold your boat in place.
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