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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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Steven Stacy
Steven Stacy
03:56 29 Jun 20
Works like a dream. As others have mentioned it pulled my Competitor 165 forward a couple of inches but I loosened the winch stand and slid it forward to compensate.
Michael Hatton
Michael Hatton
23:48 28 Jun 20
This a 5 star just on customer service alone. I placed my order late on Saturday afternoon and had a question afterwards. I sent email later that night and had a positive response back on Sunday morning!! WHO DOES THAT?!? I'm counting on the latch working just as well !
Tom Johansen
Tom Johansen
21:50 26 Jun 20
Outstanding product, works as advertised
Rodney Puckett
Rodney Puckett
13:48 24 Jun 20
I fish with my 9 year old son 99% of the time so it is just me launching and loading. However, I had rotator cuff surgery on my dominant arm in March. Trying to reach over and hook up is extremely painful for me and trying to do it standing to the trailer is impossible with my range of motion. I showed this to my wife and she ordered it for Father's Day.

I took the boat out yesterday and installed it. I have a Phoenix Bass Boat with a 4" roller so we had to go with the 3 3/4" version and I added washers to each side so it was centered. The install went smooth and took about 10 minutes. Just as side note if you have a 4" roller you will likely need to used the same bolt that is currently on your trailer's roller. I caught this before the install so it was not a big deal. I got the master lock so the bolt that came with it would not work for sure.

Yesterday was a windy day once we got back from fishing we had some water skiers and strong wind making for challenging loading conditions and this think worked like a champ. It will cut minutes off of launching and loading you boat.
Roy Mccombs
Roy Mccombs
20:26 20 Jun 20
I absolutely love this device. I have had both knees replaced and it was very hard for me to go fishing by myself but this device has given me the freedom I was looking for. I have friends that are talking about getting this device. Thank you Boat2Trailer Drotto Boat Latch.
Perry Arima
Perry Arima
14:20 17 Jun 20
Works awesome on my Alumacraft
Mark Ross
Mark Ross
14:13 17 Jun 20
Only thing that could make it easier to loadout would be a chauffeur! Makes loading out easy peasy.
Larry Schulze
Larry Schulze
13:41 17 Jun 20
Chris Palmer
Chris Palmer
17:40 15 Jun 20
Unbelievably simple, no stress, boat launching and loading!! Should be included with every trailer.
Fred DeMars
Fred DeMars
13:14 11 Jun 20
The latch works as advertised. Would have given it five stars but it set my boat back about 4 inches on the trailer (Lund boat & shorelander trailer). I will have to figure out a bracket for rear tie downs. I have a swing away hitch so can not move my front post foreward. Perhaps Drotto could figure that out & and market them.
Lee Holt
Lee Holt
10:39 11 Jun 20
Awesome Product!! Quality built! Highly recommend
Steve Sizemore
Steve Sizemore
01:45 10 Jun 20
With all of the tech on my boat, this is by far the most efficient, easiest installing and extraordinarily convenient feature on my boat or trailer. 1 bolt install, 3 if you install the handle and has made loading and unloading my boat a joy. Made loading a breeze just this weekend at a busy ramp, in rough water and wind. Buy it, I'd be shocked if you ever regret it.
Ken Olswfski
Ken Olswfski
03:47 29 May 20
I dont know how I went this long without it,since the easy installation ,loading and unloading has never been easier,well built product,customer service was awesome the gentleman I spoke with was very patient to help me decide which unit i needed for my boat
ray bennett
ray bennett
16:35 27 May 20
Absolutely a great product and customer service. I added this for my 18' bow rider and trailer and it works great! Boat2Trailer delivered it on time (early actually) and provided great support when I had a question. Everyone should have this for their boat!
anthony lingerfelt
anthony lingerfelt
14:55 24 May 20
Took a little bit of work to get it installed the way I needed it because of the design of my Stratos trailer. But working great. I wish I had bought it a long time ago. Five stars for sure.