Drotto Boat Latch Compatibility
Look here for Drotto Boat Latch compatibility answers. The most common question we get is “Will the Drotto Boat Latch work on my boat?” Is the Drotto Boat Latch compatible with my boat and trailer setup? Here is a simple breakdown of 4 questions. If you answer yes to these 4 simple questions, The Drotto Boat Latch will probably work well on your boat and trailer setup. See below.
Just Answer These 5 Simple Questions Below
Is the boat less than 10,000 lbs.?
We typically say 10,000lbs or less for weight of a boat. We towed 22,000lbs, but to play it safe and recommend 10,000lbs or less.
Does The Boat Have A V Front?
The Drotto Boat Latch needs some sort of V in order to help guide the boat into the latching mechanism. If it’s a modified V, Deep V, Tri V etc it should qualify. It just needs enough of a V to help guide it into the center. If you currently have a roller that is squashed (see photo below) the V is not angled enough for the boat to rest into the latching system. The photos below show that it will not work on flat front or pontoon boats.
Is The Roller Or V Bumper Above The Eye And Is It Touching The Eye?
The bow eye or U bolt on the boat must be positioned under the bumper or roller of the winch arm. This bow eye should also be touching the bumper or roller. If it is below the roller 3-12″ you will need to adjust your winch arm height. The bow eye of the boat needs to slide up into the latch in order for it to grab. Adjust your winch arm accordingly in order to make this compatible.
Does the boat have a compatible bow eye?
The latch works with standard U bolts and cannot have allot of thickness at the base of the eye. The bow eye should be the same width throughout. In order for the latch to be able to grab the eye properly it cannot have a large weld or increase in thickness at the base of the eye. See Photos below for a visual of what bow eyes the latch will and will not work with.
Is There A Major Obstruction on the Front Bow / Keel?
The boat has to be able to slightly slide up the latch in order to properly engage. If there is an obstruction on the keel or upper bow the boat latch may catch on the obstruction and not work properly. Below are a few references showing obstructions or possible issues. Please note a standard ridge around the hull should not cause issues. It’s only when the ridge flares or extends over the keel.
That’s it, If you went through the last 5 questions and the boat examples we gave with a Green check mark matched your boat setup. Congratulations It should work!
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Double Roller Bow Stop Install
Here is a good visual if you have a double roller bow stop. In this version, simply remove the top roller, install the latch in place of the top roller and adjust the winch arm to line up the bow eye with the latching system. Another option is to remove the double bow stop completely and install the latch directly to the winch post.