The 10 Best Boat Trailers
This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Built to haul everything from kayaks to 14-foot fishing dinghies, and constructed of everything from aluminum to galvanized steel, boat trailers come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention at all prices. The plethora of options available can make choosing the right one a headache, but we've put together a diverse list of some of the best models out there to make your search a little easier. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
April 08, 2020:
Removed the Cor Racks SUP Carrier, the Yakima Rack and Roll, and the Malone MicroSport because of availability issues.
Galvanized steel trailers like the Malone MegaSport will perform well in fresh water contexts. The galvanization process deposits a layer of zinc over the bare steel that acts like a sacrificial medium that corrodes before the base metal. While it does provide some protection against salt water, the chlorides do react with the zinc and speed up the breakdown process. Models like the West Coast Trailers Pinnacle Series are both made of aluminum - which has excellent anti-corrosion properties in itself - and also painted, which only extends the durability of the trailer. When shopping for a boat trailer, one thing you should take note of is how much of the load-bearing structure relies on bolted unions as opposed to welded unions since welded unions will make for an overall stronger trailer.
If you plan on using your trailer on the road, make sure that it is DOT compliant and rated for use on highways.
West Coast Trailers Pinnacle Series This model's chassis is constructed entirely of welded and painted aluminum, which outperforms galvanized steel frames in terms of corrosion resistance in salt and fresh water environments. The manufacturer customizes its bunk brackets to fit individual hulls. westcoasttrailers.com