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Old 06-04-2018, 08:10 PM
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Anyone have a Drotto automatic boat latch for their Ranger or Stratos? I have a stratos 386 that I'm thinking about trying it on the trailer. My dad has one for his kind and roller trailer and loves it. Its either that or a electric strap with remote. I launch by myself and am tired of climbing out to crank it up. Just wonder what my best option is
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Old 06-04-2018, 08:49 PM
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Anyone have a Drotto automatic boat latch for their Ranger or Stratos? I have a stratos 386 that I'm thinking about trying it on the trailer. My dad has one for his kind and roller trailer and loves it. Its either that or a electric strap with remote. I launch by myself and am tired of climbing out to crank it up. Just wonder what my best option is
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Old 06-04-2018, 09:02 PM
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drotto latch has totally simplified my boat loading. I won't own another trailer without a drotto latch.
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:05 PM
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:46 PM
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Do they work well for roller trailer? My concern is I'd have to back in further and boat could come out crooked if it doesn't fall in right when I'm pulling out. Would like to hear from roller trailer owners.
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Old 06-05-2018, 05:08 AM
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Do they work well for roller trailer? My concern is I'd have to back in further and boat could come out crooked if it doesn't fall in right when I'm pulling out. Would like to hear from roller trailer owners.
No need to change how deep one backs in the trailer. If anything, I load with the trailer a bit more shallow than before installing the Drotto. I just drive right on letting the rollers guide the boat.

That is the whole key to loading a roller trailer. Best NOT to float the boat above the rollers and hope it "falls into place" when driving out. The best results are obtained when the rollers lift and guide the boat as you are driving the boat forward onto the trailer.

Works best for me when the rear rollers are just under the water. Front set or rollers are a few inches above the water.


Trailer depth also affects the bow eye placement in relation to the Drotto latch. Having the trailer at a depth such that the rollers are supporting the boat means the bow eye will be neither too high nor too low in relation to the latch. If the boat is floating above the rollers, the bow eye height (in relation to the latch) will never be the same.
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Old 06-05-2018, 05:50 AM
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Drotto latch has totally simplified my boat loading. I won't own another trailer without a drotto latch.
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On a roller trailer with four Bulleseye Guide-ons.
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Old 06-05-2018, 05:56 AM
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Thanks Huntindave, exactly the info I was looking for!
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Old 06-05-2018, 06:09 AM
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Anyone use it with a bunk trailer?
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Old 06-05-2018, 06:23 AM
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My mounting post is a bit unique, next question is will drotto fit?
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