Which Trailer is Right for Your Boat?

While shopping for a boat trailer probably isn’t as much fun as shopping for the boat itself, it’s still a necessary task before you get out on the water.  If you’ve never purchased a boat trailer, though, you probably have a lot of questions about them.  Here are the basics about boat trailers so you can make a more informed decision.

Roller vs. Bunk Trailers

There are two main types of boat trailers out there: roller and bunk. The primary difference between the two is that roller trailers are usually used for loading and unloading the boat in shallow water, while bunk trailers are sought for deep water loadings/unloadings.   Expense is another difference between the two, as roller trailers generally cost a bit more than bunk trailers. Or, if cost isn’t as much of a factor for you when shopping, there are combination roller/bunk trailers that combine the best of both worlds.

Construction Material

Another choice you will have to make is what type of material you want your trailer to be made of.  Aluminum and galvanized steel are the main options, and each have their own advantages and disadvantages.  Galvanized steel is very strong and is rust-resistance, but it’s not entirely resistant to decay. Aluminum, on the other hand, will not rust, but it can corrode over time.  Many boat owners are also not entirely on board with the flexibility of aluminum.


There are a number of accessories that you can add to your boat trailer as well, so this will be another choice to make.  Some of these are simply for convenience, while others have more practical purposes, such as increasing the longevity of your boat.  One of these is the transom saver, which helps support the weight of the boat’s engine and can ultimately extend its lifespan. Another commonly purchased accessory is a load guide, which helps you center the boat on the trailer.

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