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Drotto Boat Latch FAQ

Over the years there have been a number of Drotto Boat Latch FAQ. We decided to post the typical questions we get asked daily. Please refer to the FAQ section below in order to help quickly answer your question. Just click the plus sign to find the answer.

Do I have to hit the Drotto boat latch exactly straight on in order for it to latch?

No. The Drotto boat latch is approximately 8″ wide. When the bow of the boat comes into contact with the V shaped plastic it helps guide the boat and bow eye to the center.

Should I keep the arm on at all times?

We recommend removing the arm when not in use and during travel.

Does it work on fiberglass boats?

Yes. It works on fiberglass and aluminum boats alike.

Does this work on Pontoons or flat front boats?

No, The Drotto Boat Latch does not work on pontoons or flat front boats.

Does it work on Roller Trailers and Bunk Trailers?

Yes the Drotto Boat Latch works on both bunk trailers and roller trailers alike.

How does it work in the wind and waves?

Customer Review… “Wind from the side or back does not affect loading onto this any differently than it would affect loading onto a standard roller….
Matter of fact, this is way better because when you nose into it, it latches..!
And you’re no longer fighting the wind or waves to go up and hook your winch strap onto your boat eye..”

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Gary Cash
Gary Cash
23:25 12 Sep 19
I bought this last year and have loaded and unloaded my boat maybe 50 times since installing it. I am happy with it overall but I do have too mention to make sure you hook a safety chain to the boat before you pull up from the landing. I seriously wrecked my prop and lower unit because it didn’t lock. This unit has failed to lock on four other occasions. As long as I attached the safety chain on before I pull up the landing, I feel safe. Other than that, I am very happy with the unit. It does leave white markings on the front of the boat when you drive up to lock it.
George Kane
George Kane
13:04 24 Aug 19
I bought one after seeing it at the boat show. Of course I was skeptical at first because everyone says their instrument is the best thing since sliced bread. This time I am thrilled with this purchase it is the best. My friends are jealous and have been taking videos. I will never own another boat trailer that does not have this attached. I am amazed that manufacturers don’t offer to put it on your trailer when you order your boat. That’s not a big problem though it took less than 5 minutes to install and adjust.
Bill West
Bill West
21:40 06 Aug 19
Able to retrieve my boat and keep my feet dry. No more climbing out on the trailer tongue. These should be on every boat trailer!
Dane Rolloff
Dane Rolloff
00:12 31 Jul 19
Too easy to install, awesome product!
Tanner Zemlicka
Tanner Zemlicka
16:23 14 Jul 19
This latch is awesome and very user friendly!
Ben Nemitz
Ben Nemitz
15:43 13 May 19
I installed this on my boat trailer and it is an absolute must have. Makes loading and unloading so much easier and safer! Fishing the Green Bay this weekend and loading in rough water on the Fox River, this made load so simple! Can’t recommend highly enough!
Chris Timm
Chris Timm
13:58 25 Apr 19
Makes loading and unloading of the boat simple and easy
Shane Williams
Shane Williams
02:34 28 Dec 18
This device is a lifesaver. The install was quick and easy! Thank you from Texas!
Jonathan Smith
Jonathan Smith
15:59 23 Oct 18
I wouldn't dream of launching our loading a boat without it. I recommend it to all my friends. Best invention since the wheel!
Jay Fogarty
Jay Fogarty
20:05 16 Oct 18
This is a must for your boat trailer!!! Was planning to buy one of these since I fish a lot by myself. At my age at 62 at the time always had to climb over the bow of the boat to hook the trailer strap to the bow of the boat!!! After my stroke two years ago this is the cats meow after I got it!!!! Can't believe more people young or old haven't bought one of these???? Great product, been a life saver and it's worth the money!!!👍👍👏
Mike Missy Jorgensen
Mike Missy Jorgensen
12:44 16 Oct 18
great product easy to install and use and wonderful costumer service I would recommend this product to everyone
Bobby Cammack
Bobby Cammack
20:29 15 Oct 18
Excellent �
Daryl Sollin
Daryl Sollin
16:22 23 Aug 18
Super simple to install and use. Makes boat loading and unloading a breeze.
Andrew Maus
Andrew Maus
13:44 27 Jul 18
Got this for my Dad last Christmas and he has loved it so far. He has a 19ft Crestliner with a roller trailer and musky fishes by himself quite often. Actually broke his hand because the boat flew off the trailer launching it a couple of years ago. Laid him up for 9 weeks. Now he just hits the lever while in the boat and drives it to the dock. He's a dentist so he kind of needs those hands. Well worth the safety, the convenience is just the cherry on top
Buck Gehm
Buck Gehm
18:23 22 Jul 18
Great product. Easy to install. Easy to use. Wish I would have purchased one of these apparatuses many boats ago.