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How Drotto Boat Latch Works

On this page we walk you through how Drotto boat latch works. See below as we walk you through every step of how Drotto boat latch works once installed on a boat trailer.

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Step 1 How to Load with the Drotto Boat Latch

Loading the boat can be simple. Drive the boat onto the trailer with the boat motor speed set just above idle. You will only have to have enough momentum to have your boat reach the latch. You do not need to race the motor or tear up the landing if you adjust your speed properly. Get the front of the boat to contact the Drotto boat latch. Do NOT come into the trailer and ramp at high speeds!

Step 2 Engaging the Drotto Boat Latch

Bring the boat into the latching mechanism. The latch has an over 8″ plastic guide that helps guide your nose into the center of the latch. The boy eye will slide up into the slot in the plastic pad. This is actually pretty easy to hit. Once the bow eye on the boat comes into contact with the latching mechanism it will snap shut. The latch actually clamps onto the bow eye of your boat and lock it into place.

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Step 3 Exit The Boat

Now the Drotto Boat Latch has your boat secured. Simply exit the boat. Enter the vehicle and proceed to pull the vehicle and boat forward to the dry waters edge. The Drotto automatic boat latch has been weight tested and we suggest boats weighing 10,000 lbs or less. We do not recommend driving any long distances with only the latch securing the boat. Our Number 1 reason of offering this is to offer a safer experience.

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Step 4 How Drotto Boat Latch Works

Now that your Drotto boat latch is secure and you have driven to a safe dry place to park, attach the strap and safety chains for your boat. The Drotto boat latch is designed to only take up a small portion of your bow eye space. Leaving room for your boat strap hook and your safety chain hook.

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How the Drotto Boat Latch works

The Drotto boat latch was created and designed with the everyday boating or fishing enthusiast needs in mind. The idea of the Drotto boat latch design is to be able to make loading and unloading a boat fast and easy. Sometimes a person would like to get out on the lake by themselves or go with another person that might not be capable of helping with loading or unloading as much, such as bringing a youngster. The Drotto boat latch offers the everyday fisherman one less experience to worry about. Below you will find a video demonstrating how the Drotto boat latch works during a real boat outing.

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Cave Tech
Cave Tech
15:18 23 Sep 21
Drotto Latch Large Model: Well made product. Would recommend. Did have one concern. After ordering I saw where their website required that you wait 30 days for delivery before contacting them. I almost canceled the order when I saw this. In today’s world, if the items in stock when you order, if you haven't received it in 10 days, that's a problem. However, the item shipped the next day and I received it just a few days later. The actual buying experience was excellent and would buy from them again.
Gerry Apanowicz
Gerry Apanowicz
23:44 19 Sep 21
Virgil Helmin
Virgil Helmin
21:32 18 Sep 21
Geoff Fatkins
Geoff Fatkins
15:43 15 Sep 21
Works flawlessly!! I will always have one on my boat trailer
George Metz
George Metz
12:08 14 Sep 21
Just as the video(s) depict.Installation time was about 10 minutes.I have always launched and retrieved my 24' Crownline alone and have gotten rather good at it over the years. The Drotto has cut the time, but more importantly, it has made it dramatically easier. As I physically age, this is becoming more important with a solo launch and retrieve.Of course, I like the American made factor, it is a quality unit.Additionally, the order process was easy, I was kept informed during the cycle and the product came before its estimated arrival.
David Shick
David Shick
17:41 10 Sep 21
GREAT PRODUCT! EASY INSTALL. FAST SHIPPING. EASY TO LOAD AND UNLOAD MY BOAT. I AM SMOOTHER AND FASTER THAN ANYONE AT THE RAMP. THANKS FOR MAKING MY LIFE EASIER. DAVE
S Phalen
S Phalen
23:34 09 Sep 21
Very easy to install, adjust and works fantastic.
Al Piscopo
Al Piscopo
20:36 06 Sep 21
Love this product. I have a 2020 Lund Impact 1775. ShorLandr Trailer with composite bunks. This unit installed with ease. No issues. Completed the installation at the launch in minutes. Recovered the boat on the very first try and the Drotto worked as promised. Once recovered I found I had to move the winch tower forward 3". So we backed the boat back into the water at launch. Pulled the rope and she was free. No more wet feet. Moved the winch forward and recovered again - Perfectly! She was on the trailer perfectly aligned with the end of the bunks. I trailed the boat to NY State to one of the Finger Lakes and the latch held for a 600 Mile round trip. Higly recoomend this product. Installation was as described. Easy to use - no brainer! Very well built. Made in the USA. Thank you Drotto and good luck and success.
KC Lane
KC Lane
22:13 29 Aug 21
Excellent product. Took the issues away that my 21’ G3 had while loading due to it’s almost vertical V shaped hull.
thomas kroll
thomas kroll
11:35 25 Aug 21
very good investment as we get older we need to be smarter! works as it should. lot safer. no need to get wet feet any more!
Tony Hartman
Tony Hartman
14:08 18 Aug 21
Works as designed. Seams to be operating as expected. Just concerned about how long it will hold. I had to modify my trailer bow stop. It’s a double roller type. I modified it to a single roller for Droto to work properly. I’m also concerned with how much weight it’s holding while on my steep boat ramp with a roller trailer. Works great as it is though
Eric Powell
Eric Powell
15:29 16 Aug 21
I love it I had to wait a little longer for it to arrive to me then I excepted,But once I got it super easy install and it works great the very best purchase for my trailer ever made now I need y’all to build one for pontoon boats lol makes loading a boat so easy.
larry stone
larry stone
06:41 14 Aug 21
I fish a lot by myself and loading my boat is as easy as easy. I don’t use it to unload because I have the ultera self deploy trolling motor. With that said what I use it for is worth every dime.
Gary Stewart
Gary Stewart
21:53 12 Aug 21
I’m getting up in age and realized that reaching over the bow to hook the boat to the trailer strap was getting to be a real pain. Having to crawl over the trolling motor/prop was also uncomfortable if not a little dangerous. All this while keeping the motor running and in gear was just an accident waiting to happen. I am posting because I found a product made in the USA that works for me. It’s an automatic boat loading and launching system. I’m also no longer scouring the bottom past the end of the ramp concrete. To launch, pull the handle back to release the latch. To load, drive the boat to the bow roller and “click!”, I’m now ready for my wife to pull the trailer with the boat securely attached. This is also a huge timesaver at the boat ramp, generally appreciated by others waiting for the ramp. This is a great product and I would buy it again should I ever get another rig.
Greg Basta
Greg Basta
13:43 11 Aug 21