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#12603638 - 01/31/18 09:02 AM Automatic Boat Latch
Jacare Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/29/09
Posts: 27
Loc: Lewisville
Does anyone use a boat buddy or Ramp-n-clamp automatic boat latch? I usually fish alone and was wondering if these are worth investing in. Please let me know your thoughts good or bad?

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#12603695 - 01/31/18 09:30 AM Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Jacare]
ForkedJames Offline
Angler

Registered: 08/21/11
Posts: 490
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
My brother had one on his Ranger 481vs trailer. The issue he had was it was so sensitive that the blot would lock before the boat got to it and ended up bending the mechanism to the point you couldn't unlock it. This was some time ago they may have improved them some by now.
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#12603750 - 01/31/18 10:12 AM Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Jacare]
Troyz Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/09/06
Posts: 2089
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
I used on several years ago and it worked well. The only issue I had with it was if the boat slipped back on the trailer and put pressure on the latch, you could not open it. As long as you winched the boat up tight it worked great. Made it lots easier to load on steep ramps.

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#12604327 - 01/31/18 04:51 PM Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Jacare]
structure man(Guide on RC) Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/09/06
Posts: 973
Loc: Corsicana Texas
I have been using them for a long time, never had an issue. Have had the same latch on several boats never have had to buy another one.

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#12605629 - 02/01/18 02:04 PM Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: structure man(Guide on RC)]
Jacare Offline
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Registered: 06/29/09
Posts: 27
Loc: Lewisville
Structure Man, which brand/model are you using?

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#12605639 - 02/01/18 02:10 PM Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Jacare]
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Green Horn

Registered: 01/30/18
Posts: 13
I thought about getting one of these as well, especially after falling in the drink. I always just lean over the bow to hook the latch...well one time I leaned a bit to far...gravity works.

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#12605664 - 02/01/18 02:21 PM Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Jacare]
2015fordnut Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 1869
Loc: Garland, TX
I've thought about getting one as well. The Boat Buddy's aren't around anymore but I found 2 others. I just can't turn loose the $$$ without knowing which one is best.

http://shop.drottoproducts.com/

https://www.ramp-n-clamp.com/product-p/latch.htm
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#12605724 - 02/01/18 02:50 PM Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Jacare]
structure man(Guide on RC) Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/09/06
Posts: 973
Loc: Corsicana Texas
I have an old Boat Buddy Brand and have been using the same one since 1988, just change to different boat trailer.

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#12605887 - 02/01/18 04:35 PM Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: structure man(Guide on RC)]
Jacare Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/29/09
Posts: 27
Loc: Lewisville
Yeah I got a face full of trolling motor prop leaning over the bow to latch up. I make sure the TM is off now.

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#12606014 - 02/01/18 05:59 PM Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: 2015fordnut]
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TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 4254
Loc: crowley
Originally Posted By: 2015fordnut
I've thought about getting one as well. The Boat Buddy's aren't around anymore but I found 2 others. I just can't turn loose the $$$ without knowing which one is best.

http://shop.drottoproducts.com/

https://www.ramp-n-clamp.com/product-p/latch.htm


I have been looking also and these are the only 2 I have found
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