Trailer winches are an essential tool for getting your boat in and out of the water, and electrical winches have become the new industry standard. Using DC power from the tow vehicle’s electrical system, the winch motor can pull up to 12,000 lbs. at an incline. These systems are fast, reliable, and they make taking your boat out for the day even more enjoyable.
At Camco Wheel & Axle, we not only provide top commercial truck and utility trailer parts but we also carry boat and marine products, and other top-of-the-line electric winches such as BULLDOG™ Utility Winches that use a 3-stage planetary gear train for maximum mechanical efficiency and reliability, even in the toughest conditions. We have 35 years of experience operating in the Rio Grande Valley, and our customers have come to recognize our team of dedicated sales representatives as the only utility trailer and parts provider they trust. Contact Camco at (956) 781-4800 to learn more about the marine trailer winch accessories we provide and how we can help you find the right attachment to get you in and out of the water.
Selecting the Right Winch For Your Boat
The right winch will need to live up to its performance expectations and that depends primarily on your boating environment. Are you planning on mostly freshwater excursions or will you be boating in saltwater conditions? The components of the winch will need to be more durable in a marine environment, and you will want to take a look at the type of metal used in the housings, contact pads, and busbars. Some manufacturers offer lifetime warranties to cover the mechanical components of the winch which is a great bonus if you run into any unexpected issues along the way.
Another consideration you will need to make is the amount of weight the winch will have to handle. The best advice is to find a winch that has the capacity to move at least 75% of the total weight of the boat when it is fully loaded with the motor, fuel, and gear. If you primarily use a steep ramp to launch the boat, there will be more strain on the winch, and you may need one that can handle the full weight of the boat. The type of boat trailer you use will also be a factor in your decision.
Carpeted wood platforms have more resistance for the winch to overcome than boat rollers and you may need a winch with more power in that case. Boat trailer winches do not vary too greatly in price, so if you decide to purchase a winch with more power, it won’t be much more expensive. Having the extra power will ensure that you aren’t limited by any obstacle or boat ramp and that you can easily retrieve your boat after a long day on the water.
If you have a large boat on a steep ramp, you probably want a winch that offers you the ability to control the speed of the cable release. Many systems use “free-spooling” to let the boat down using gravity, but in tougher conditions, you may want a motor that can reduce the speed of the descent. Electric winches can engage their motors in the reverse direction to slowly lower the boat into the water. This type of system is ideal for having more control over the launch and can reduce the risk of dropping the boat too fast.
As the winch lifts thousands of pounds out of the water, overheating becomes a potential risk. If the motor overheats, it can cause significant damage to the components and ruin the winch. Some winches have systems in place that prevent overheating like circuit breakers that automatically shut the winch off at dangerous temperatures. Mechanical brakes are another great component on a winch because they prevent the line from slipping and damaging your boat.
From utility trailers to marine boat winches, Camco Wheel & Axle has just what you need.
Camco Wheel & Axle can help you install the wiring harness, optimize the motor, and find the best electric winch for your needs. We’ve been a trusted company in the Rio Grande Valley for over 30 years and want to give you the same experience we’ve given thousands of customers before. Call us at 956-781-4800 today!