Most boat owners know that Brownell is the number one name in boat stands and keel support, but did you know that we make alternate marine dollies and trailer components for small watercraft as well? Our full line of wedge stands for boats, TLC boat pads, and other high-quality products can all be used to protect JetSki, Ski-Doo and other popular personal watercraft (PWC) when they are out of the water. In fact, our personal watercraft dolly products are so popular that they are even used in showrooms, workshops, boat shows, and even in production facilities. You can trust the Brownell name whenever you see it for vessels of all shapes and sizes.
Features of the Small Craft Dolly
Our most popular alternate marine dollies include the Small Craft Dolly (SCD1), which is designed to help easily transfer personal watercraft, dinghies, and other small craft both to and from the water. This product has been protected by our traditional painted blue finish for long-lasting looks and durability. This personal watercraft dolly features non-marking wheels and our legendary adjustable screw pads, just like the ones that we use on all of our top quality Brownell boat stands. The more you look at our products, you will see that we carry the same commitment to high standards across the board to every single item that we manufacture for our customers.
The Small Craft Dolly features an easily adjustable width and our heavy-duty American made construction, which is designed to easily support up to 2,000 pounds or 900 kilograms. All of our adjustable boat dollies will work with any of our other top of the line products, to create an unbeatable combination with the Brownell Boat Stand System. From our wedge stands for boats to our trailer components, we strive to meet or exceed the expectations of our customers in everything thing that we do. So whether you need a personal watercraft dolly to help maneuver your PWC from the garage to the trailer or from the trailer to the water, you can count on Brownell to provide you with a quality piece of equipment to get the job done right.
Learning How to Load a Trailer Properly
When hauling your PWC to the water, make sure that you take the time to learn the best method to use the first time that you load it up for transport. One of the most common causes of damage to personal watercraft is user error, especially when it comes to loading it up on a trailer. Whether you are in a hurry to get on the road, either to or from the water, or if you are distracted by something else going on around you, it happens quite often. As long as you obey the basic common sense rules of transporting your PWC, you should be safe. Learning how to do it right the first time will save you a lot of time, money, and frustration.
- Weight Distribution – Too much “tongue weight,” which is the weight of the watercraft leaning forward, can result in excessive pressure on the hitch and coupler. Not enough weight and you could be in for a rough ride. The key is to balance the weight distribution properly to prevent swaying during trailering. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations in the owner’s manual or follow the unwritten rule, which states that ten percent of the load should be on the tongue. A vessel that weighs 2,000 pounds should have 200 pounds in tongue weight. This can be adjusted by moving the PWC forward or backward on the trailer bed or by adjusting the position of the axle until you get to the desired weight balance.
- Position of Trailer Bunks – It is also important to be aware of how far you are moving the PWC on the bunks. This can cause damage to the watercraft if you’re not careful. The bunks should rest under the main section of the hull, just behind the spot where it begins to slope upward. If too much of the PWC extends behind the bunks, damage could occur. The width spacing is also important, which is why most trailers on the market allow adjustments to be made from side-to-side. Make sure that the bunks are positioned on the strongest part of the hull for best results. Check to ensure that the keel, ride plate, and intake area are not making contact with any part of the trailer, or you could arrive at your destination with damage.
- Vehicle Payload – When thinking about how much you can load up on your trailer, make sure you consider everything as you total up the weight of your vehicle payload. The PWC, the trailer, your gear, your passengers and the vehicle itself. This figure is known as the gross combined weight rating or GCWR. If you exceed this figure, it will cause problems and could potentially result in severe damage to the tow vehicle. Trailers also have a load capacity, so it is important to know how much you can load on the trailer and how much gear will need to go in the back of the towing vehicle, as long as it doesn’t exceed the GCWR.
There are lots of other things to consider as well when trailering your PWC for the first time. When in doubt, always check with the owner’s manual for the towing vehicle, the personal watercraft, the trailer, and anything else to confirm figures and learn the right way to do things. If you are interested in learning more about alternate marine dollies, such as our personal watercraft dolly at Brownell, visit our website or give us a call at 508-758-3671. We can provide you with answers to your questions or information on an authorized dealer near you where you can purchase trailer components, wedge stands for boats, and our legendary Brownell Boat Stand System.