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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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Paul Ingebritson
Paul Ingebritson
18:13 07 Nov 19
Best thing I ever purchased. It works just like the add said it would. Easy off and easy on. Can load and unload by yourself which is important to me
brian edelstein
brian edelstein
01:13 21 Oct 19
Installed it this week and finally got to try it today. Works awesome. I usually have people with me to help so I placed the lever against my winch handle and turned it putting pressure on release handle. It let the boat slide off perfect while they held my lines. When I returned for the day I drove it on slowly and as soon as it hit the latch it locked it on. Very impressed so far. I have a SeaVee 260B. I was a little concerned being that all the videos showed lighter boats. Happy Customer.
Tony Caldwell
Tony Caldwell
00:53 14 Oct 19
Less time on the loading ramp and no wet feet
Brandon Maxwell
Brandon Maxwell
20:17 13 Oct 19
One of the best additions to my boat. Installed in less than 20 minutes. Time will be the true test. So far so good. Works great. Bit of a learning curve on trailer depth.
Donna Murtha
Donna Murtha
16:29 02 Oct 19
Easy on easy off. Works great 😃
Dave Bourdeaux
Dave Bourdeaux
19:45 17 Sep 19
I have only used it once but I loaded up and she snapped right in place and then away we went. No more cranking that heavy boat up.
Tom Sangren
Tom Sangren
21:07 13 Sep 19
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.
Steven Abernathy
Steven Abernathy
19:40 11 Sep 19
I absolutely love mine I fish the Mississippi and Ohio River a lot by myself I do not know how I ever did it without it especially in strong currents great product recommend it to anyone 🎣🎣🎣
john mcdavid
john mcdavid
15:38 10 Sep 19
Scott Lewis
Scott Lewis
14:34 10 Sep 19
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!
Rick Ostrander
Rick Ostrander
01:35 05 Aug 19
Hooked the Drotto Boat Latch up today at the lake. Took about 5 minutes. Came off the lake and it worked perfectly. Great investment.
Dane Rolloff
Dane Rolloff
00:12 31 Jul 19
Too easy to install, awesome product!