May 15, 1978
The outboard motor should be well secured in the inboard position for trailering. A line
around the lower unit and secured to the stern restraining bar or stern pulpit is a good idea.
The mast and boom should be well secured. Hatches should be closed and locked, as they
may blow open or off during trailering. All interior loose gear should be stowed and secured.
Your rudder should be removed during trailering and replaced just prior to launching. Be
sure to lock it in the kicked-up position prior to launch or retrieval.
When trailering, the rudder should be secured in the cockpit, inside the boat, on the trailer,
or in the two vehicle to prevent damage.
Theft is always a potential problem for a trailerable boat. Lock your hatches and outboard.
If leaving the trailer, lock the hitch closed to prevent damage.
Suggested Trailer and Tow Vehicle Specifications
Tow Vehicle: a . A tow vehicle capable of pulling 6, 000 lbs. is required. b . Hitch - rated at
6 , 000 to 10 , 000 lbs . ; equalizing if required. c. Ball - 2" or 2-5/16" solid machined ball,
6,000 lbs. rated, minimum.
Note: Four-wheel drive utility vehicles and other similar types of vehicles in addition to
pickup trucks and vans are usually rated to haul this weight without additional equipment.
Such vehicles will normally require only the proper size and capacity ball and hitch. Check
your owner's manual or consults your dealer.
Note: Ford, GM and Chrysler all offer towing packages for full size sedans and station
wagons. All three manufacturers rate their vehicles for 6, 000 Ibs. with such a package.
Packages usually include an equalizing hitch, booster springs or air shocks, large V-8 engine,
transmission oil cooler, etc.
Note: Towing with a vehicle not rate for the task will result in vehicle damage and may be
unsafe as well.
Trailer Manufacturers: Many makes are available but must be adequately set up for a MEGA.