Don’t have a ramp to load your boat up? No problem. Just take a cue from these guys and submerge your trailer in the water a few feat, then drive the boat right up to the hitch and hook it on! It’s effective but, as you’ll find out below, it’s not easy. Because of the shallow water, the boat has to maintain a pretty fast speed all the way up until the nose reaches the hitch to avoid getting stuck. It looks like these guys have had a lot of practice because they make the whole thing look easy.
The Safer Way to Load a Boat Trailer
If you’re not daring enough to try this, there’s always the standard way if you have access to a ramp. In this case, you back the trailer up until the fender tops are just above the water and the back of the trailer is just below the water. This gives the proper angle to easily move the boat into place so you can secure it. This is the easiest method used for glidepath trailers, which are very common, but there are also roll-on trailers that utilize rollers to make loading and unloading easier. Commercially, hydraulic and non-hydraulic trailers are used for launching and loading boats. The trailer here, though, looks to be modified to suit the situation.
Alaskan Fishing Boat
The boat in this clip isn’t huge, but it’s definitely not small either, which makes the feat more impressive. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s probably around 20 or 25 feet long. Fishing boats like this are also typically equipped with dual motors and can cruise around at about 25 or 30 mph. They also will have a couple fish holds and a couple of places to sleep in the front of the boat as well. You can take a look at the specs of a 25′ BAMF Alaskan boat to get an idea of the specs the boat in the clip might have:
- 2 150-horsepower outboard engines
- 200-gallon fuel tank
- 20-gallon freshwater tank
- 6′ 6″ tall cabin
- Sleeps up to 4 people
- Cruising speed of 32 mph
- Top speed of 40 mph
- Freshwater sink
- 2-burner gas stove
- Optional fridge
The Largest Fishing Boats
This is certainly a modest fishing boat compared to many of the commercial boats you might find in Alaskan waters. Longliners, seiners, and trawlers can all be huge ships. The biggest are the factory ships, which are used to process and freeze fish and whales after they’re caught. They can also be “mother ships,” carrying small fishing boats that return with their catches. For an example of the amazing size of these ships, the Annelies liena is 472 feet long, can process 350 tons of fish a day, and can hold about 3,000 tons of fuel.
Trailer Loading Perfection
I don’t know about you, but when I watched this clip I thought the boat was going to slam right into the trailer because of how fast it was going. But as mentioned, this speed is necessary when you don’t have a ramp to work with. Although it looks death-defying, this crew knows exactly what they’re doing, and the boat makes an almost seamless transition from water to land. Hat’s off to the captain for some truly impressive driving.