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Drotto Roller Trailer Install

Video of the boat latch roller trailer install.

In this Drotto Roller Trailer Install video we demonstrate how to install the boat latch on a roller trailer. The boat latch is designed to replace the bow roller of your roller trailer or bunk trailer. There are many different models and styles of bow roller setups. The Drotto boat latch is designed to replace your bow roller according to size. The 3″ model replaces your 3″ bow roller and the 3 3/4″ model is designed to replace a bow roller between 3 3/4″ and 4″ ( just add spacers or washers for larger rollers ). The Drotto Roller Trailer Install is very simple in most cases. See below for further details on the Drotto Roller Trailer Install process.

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Step 1  

Locate the bow roller on your trailer. Here are only a few examples of bow roller setups below.

There are a number of different trailers. BUNK trailers and ROLLER trailers. The Drotto works on both styles of trailers. There are also a number of different bow rollers. The Drotto boat latch is designed to fit on the 3″, 3 3/4″ – 4″. refer to the “What size do I need page” to learn how to measure your bow roller.

trailer bow roller
Drotto boat latch bumper replacement
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Step 2

Remove your existing bow roller from your trailer. (Typically one bolt)
remove roller from trailer

Step 3

Your bow roller is now removed from your trailer.
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Step 4

Install the Drotto boat latch onto the bracket which previously held your bow roller.
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Step 5

Slide the bolt back into the bracket and through the Drotto boat latch.
add bolt

Step 6

Attach your strap and chain then crank the strap tight until the Drotto locks into place.
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Step 7

Secure and tighten bolt with a wrench.
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Mark Swenson
Mark Swenson
12:22 08 Apr 20
This is the best accessory I have added to my boating experience. I fish on my own quite a bit, and it is a game changer for loading and unloading. When you fish with others, it is even easier to get in, get loaded and get going...trust me, you will love it!
Chris Wilke
Chris Wilke
00:46 08 Mar 20
I purchased one for my 23 ft CC and used it for the first time today and loved it. putting the boat back on the trailer was super easy and everyone around me asked what it was. Theres not alot down here in Galveston but hopefully this product catches on and is used more. it was super awesome.
Shaun Oconnell
Shaun Oconnell
15:28 25 Feb 20
Patrick Ponsonby
Patrick Ponsonby
17:35 10 Feb 20
The DROTTO would not work on my boat which is Caroline Skiff 21' with the double bow. I talked to Rob at Boat2trailer.com and he said it would not work on my boat. I decided to lower my boat bow eye and it worked great. This Drotto is a game changer. I can now drive the boat up and listen for the click and step off the boat and hook up the safety chase and drive away to the staging area and finish. If this will fit your boat (or you have to modify it) I would highly recommend this product. I am 80 years old and launch and recover my boat alone very safely now.
Seth Lubbers
Seth Lubbers
04:45 10 Dec 19
Truly a game changer. On and off the trailer super quick. No more leaning over the boat to crank it up! I’ll never own a boat without a boat2trailer again!!
Bill West
Bill West
17:08 23 Nov 19
Boat latch seems to be well made. I had to adjust the winch tower to accomadate the latch and boat position on the bunks. Once that was accomplished this product is great for self loading. I used to climb a tailgate ladder then walk out on the tongue to latch my boat. With this latch I just drive on the trailer up to the latch until it clicks. Then I can pull the trailer out and finish securing the boat. Wish I had it 20 years ago!
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 🎣🎣🎣