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Automatic Boat Latch #12603638
01/31/18 03:02 PM
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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?

Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Grababrewski-and-Fish] #12603695
01/31/18 03:30 PM
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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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Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Grababrewski-and-Fish] #12603750
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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.

Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Grababrewski-and-Fish] #12604327
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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.

Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: structure man(Guide on RC)] #12605629
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Structure Man, which brand/model are you using?

Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Grababrewski-and-Fish] #12605639
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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.

Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Grababrewski-and-Fish] #12605664
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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




Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: Grababrewski-and-Fish] #12605724
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I have an old Boat Buddy Brand and have been using the same one since 1988, just change to different boat trailer.

Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: structure man(Guide on RC)] #12605887
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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.

Re: Automatic Boat Latch [Re: 2015fordnut] #12606014
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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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