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Boat Buddy Replacement


Since the Boat Buddy is no longer available. Boat2Trailer would like to offer you the Drotto Boat Latch. Boat2Trailer offers the latest automatic boat loading and boat launching system on the market. The boat buddy was around for many years, but seems to have been recently pulled from production. The Boat Latch on Boat2Trailer is a heavy duty latching system that simply replaces the front roller on your trailer. If you are looking to replace your boat buddy simply remove the boat buddy and install the Drotto latch from Boat2Trailer in its place. The boat buddy had used a spring loaded pin that shot into the eye to lock the boat. The Drotto uses a heavy guage steel clamp that automatically snaps shut when the eye of the boat contacts it. Another key factor to note is unlike the boat buddy, the Drotto does not require any resetting after loading or unloading the boat. It basically sets and resets itself automatically. The Drotto also has an easy release handle to release the boat. The Drotto comes with a handle that extends up near the tip of the bow of the boat. You may reach from inside of the boat, pull the handle and launch the boat with ease.

Drotto

The boat buddy was less expensive than the Drotto, but the Drotto is constructed with a heavy steel and incredibly durable. The boat buddy was mainly constructed of plastic and a steel pin. The only plastic on the Drotto latching system is the plastic plate that the boat slides up on. We at Boat2trailer took on the Drotto latch because of the quality, durability and usability of the product. Here are a few things that make the Drotto stand out from the rest.

Drotto

  • Easy installation (1 bolt install)
  • Incredibly durable (Heavy Gauge Steel)
  • Very smooth plastic liner to help prevent scratching
  • Release handle for easy release and unloading
  • No Resetting after loading or unloading

If you are looking for a Boat Buddy replacement we recommend the Drotto on Boat2Trailer.

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Tommy Maslak
Tommy Maslak
02:02 01 Aug 21
This product is awesome, The key is to put the trailer in the water at the same water level each time, this will ensure you can drive the boat onto the trailer and it will lock in. This works very well when bunks are adjusted low and direct the boat hull straight onto the trailer. The winch strap is hooked on after boat clicks into place., as an added fastener.
jreshetar
jreshetar
13:46 31 Jul 21
For loading and launching this device is the best thing ever! I installed mine in the garage. I simply removed the old bow stop and adjusted the new drotto to the right height for a perfect fit. The first time I used it on my 17’ Glastron the two guys with me just dropped their jaws when it locked on for loading. Highly recommend!
Mike Fix
Mike Fix
01:39 30 Jul 21
Product is well made and makes loading so much easier. I feel a tether for the pin and set screw should be included like I added to mine.
Scott McFalls
Scott McFalls
10:36 27 Jul 21
Very easy to install and so easy to unhook to launch and very easy to hook up! I absolutely would recommend this product and it is made solid right here in the USA!!!! I should have done this a long time ago!
dale bass
dale bass
17:54 26 Jul 21
great product. its a must have. makes putting in the water and taking out so much easier. worked perfect on my ranger rt188.
Todd Walters
Todd Walters
16:49 26 Jul 21
I installed mine @ the house & did the final adjustments @ the boat ramp & found that I cant see the B2T latch during the final latching time. I'd bump the throttle & miss the latch. To cure this problem I removed the rubber cap on the ratchet support post & using a PVC pole & Cap (painted to match the boat) It stand above the bow for easy boat retrieval.
J Weyandt
J Weyandt
15:00 19 Jul 21
Drotto latch arrived quickly and is a perfect fit. Hardest part was getting the old bolts loose. Total install was about 20 minutes.
Kelly Longtin
Kelly Longtin
20:57 16 Jul 21
Had a great experience with Boat2Trailer with my order and shipment. Got the product assembled as they instructed and this product works great. Would recommend it to anyone wanting to make loading your boat easier and safer.
John R
John R
23:34 26 Jun 21
So far very happy. Have launched and loaded several times and it has worked perfectly. The first time I didn't drive on far enough to get locked in but since then no problem. Several people have mentioned having to reposition the winch mast so the boat was in the right place on the trailer. I just loosened the mast right in my garage, installed the unit, and slid the mast back till the boat was locked in and tightened everything back down. Worked fine. No need to launch the boat to install.We just purchased a much larger boat and were worried that it would be difficult for my wife and I to launch and load by ourselves. We have both remarked that with the new automatic unit it is the easiest boat to launch and load we have ever owned. No more getting in the Lake to hook up before driving out of the water.
Josh Weise
Josh Weise
13:41 20 Jun 21
Installation was a breeze, it was a legit 10minute process at the boat launch. I've only used it twice so far since the install, awesome! I've really never had a problem without it but man is it sweet with it. Works as advertised so far. Now I just hope it lasts!
Richard Gray
Richard Gray
03:19 18 Jun 21
The Boat2Trailer latch works very well and was easy to install. I've used it fourteen times and each hook-up went well. Highly recommend this product to others.
Robert bebb
Robert bebb
23:24 17 Jun 21
Easy to install, works very well on my 25 ft. Pursuit 2460.
Steve Florer
Steve Florer
19:37 17 Jun 21
Worked as promised. I would recommend it to anyone.
Scott Russell
Scott Russell
22:10 15 Jun 21
I was not happy about having to put the boat in the water to install the boat2trailer. But it took less than 30 min. I had to adjust it twice. Now it works like a dream. I boat by myself most of the time and this was perfect for me.
Nick Koehler
Nick Koehler
04:44 14 Jun 21
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