Updated July 02, 2019 by Karen Bennett

The 8 Best Boat Trailer Rollers

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This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Launching your boat can prove to be a major chore, taking away from your valuable time on the water. However, some well-made trailer rollers can take much of the effort and guesswork out of the process by helping to position and support your craft, and they’ll also protect your hull and keel from scratching while doing so. We've ranked them here for durability, ease of use, and price. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best boat trailer roller on Amazon.

8. Tie Down 86144

7. Roxom 8 Inch

6. Dutton-Lainson 6387

5. Shoreline Marine 3-Piece

4. CE Smith 10403G

3. SeaSense Poly Vinyl

2. Attwood Heavy Duty

1. Stoltz ULT-4

Special Honors

Pacific Trailers 5213-5 This sturdy selection features a deep V-shape to support the weight of heavier vessels by properly fitting the keel’s curve, for ease in loading your boat onto the trailer and launching it into the water. It’s available in models with either 3/4 or 5/8-inch inside diameter holes. pacifictrailers.com

Editor's Notes

May 15, 2019:

Boat trailer rollers are a practical, affordable component in transporting your boat as well as loading and launching it. The right ones will keep your craft centered securely, so it won’t get jostled or scratched. You should check them before each use, to make sure they’re in good condition and can spin freely. As you might not know, there is some rhyme and reason behind the colors. Black rollers usually are made with rubber, which is budget-friendly, but more liable to crack and acquire flat spots over time. But there are sturdy selections to be found, including the Attwood Heavy Duty, which made our list, which is smartly designed to hold even quite heavy crafts firmly intact, thanks to its sloping V-shape. And, unlike many other rubber choices, this one won’t create marks on surfaces with which it comes in contact. For the convenience of a pre-assembled model, look to the CE Smith 10403G, which comes attached to a metal bracket that’s easy to mount to your trailer.

Blue rollers are often crafted with plastic and are commonly used with aluminum boats. The Roxom 8 Inch features premium plastic that’s tough enough to stay intact due to heavy weight or jostling, and its grooves keep your vessel in place.

For a durable set of bunk rollers, look to the Dutton-Lainson 6387, which come in four- and five-foot lengths, and the number and placement of the rollers ensures stability and even weight distribution. For a roller with a durable polyurethane build, the Stoltz ULT-4 will not disappoint. It is a bit of an investment, and certainly pricier than many others, but it's known for its flexibility and tough, UV resistant build that will hold up for the long haul.

No matter which you go with, be sure to follow the installation instructions that come with it, and note that many manufacturers also provide helpful online tutorial videos that will walk you through the setup.


Karen Bennett
Last updated on July 02, 2019 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s.degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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