If you own a boat, then you’ve probably felt the need to buy a boat trailer. For the boating novices, a trailer is simply a contraption that involves a metal base with wheels attached that you can use for transferring your boat by land before or after you are done with boating. They are important for a variety of reasons. These days, almost every boating person has to either invest in boat trailers or rent them during their outing.
Now just a boat trailer has its disadvantages. They include the fact that when driving on and off the trailer, the gel covered sides of your boat often touch the trailer’s boat guides, thereby damaging it. Hence, boat trailer guide pads make for an excellent investment for people who care for their boats. Here are a few features of these guide pads.
Durable and Water Repellent
One of the most alluring features of the guide pads is that they are made out of heavy duty nylon. The nylon is water repellent, which ensures that they don’t get soggy once the wet surface of your boat touches them, thereby increasing their longevity several times. Moreover, the nylon is also very durable and tough in itself, making the pads suitable for rough and tough use. Even better, the guide pads have a half inch thick inner pad made of foam. This means that the surface of the boat trailer does not get exposed to shock during the mounting of the boat, increasing the trailer’s lifespan too.
Ideal for Boat Guidance
As said above, trailers are becoming indispensable commodities these days. Partly responsible for this is the fact that in old times, there used to be enough space in the banks of lakes or rivers to accommodate your boat at all times. However, these days, it is not possible for many people to just tie their boats up and leave. Hence, the trailers are important. Most of the ski boats and wake boards that are manufactured today come with poly vinyl chloride or ABS posts at the rear end of the boat trailers. The posts perform the primary function of guiding the driver of the boat during getting on the trailer or off.
The trailer guide pads are meant to be fitted onto these guiding posts. Most of the posts are two to two and a half inches in diameter. The guide pads are designed so that they fit snugly onto these posts. Moreover, they can be made to look conspicuous using bright colours and/or decorations that can attract more attention of the boat driver and with much more ease.
How to Install The Guide Pads
The guide pads are stiff and are often difficult to slide onto the posts easily. Therefore, it is suggested that one use a lubricant to drive it up the posts, a common example of lubricant being dish washing soap. Apart from that, one could also use the lubricant used in cars. It only takes a couple of minutes to have the guide pads installed safely.
The guide pads are not at all expensive to buy, and serve as an excellent purchase given the fact that they protect your boat from the damaging hits that it would certainly get from the trailer during mounting. If you are caring for your boat, then you know that even small scratches on the gel covered surface of your boat can be difficult to fix. If your boat has a ramp with a high angle, the guide pads can float to the level of the water to make it easier for you to guide onto the trailer.