Don't pull the Drotto release handle on flat surface or in the driveway.
If the bow eye of the boat is up tight against the latch the jaws will not release. If there is pressure against the back of the jaws and you pull the release handle, nothing will happen, Typically when you back the boat down into the water or float the boat, the boat will slide back just enough to release this pressure. Then you may pull the handle to release the boat. ***PULLING HARDER ON THE HANDLE WILL NOT HELP RELEASE THE JAWS. Simply float the boat.
It is best not to put the boat in deep when launching or loading.
Launching : When launching your boat, it’s best not to put the trailer in deep. Typically it causes the back of the boat to raise and the front or nose of the boat to drop. If the nose of the boat drops too fast or hard it may catch on the latch. This pertains to any situation whether you have a latch installed or standard roller installed you risk the front or tip of the nose hitting.
Loading: This has the same effect loading. If you are in too deep the nose will drop and have a tendency to drive under the latch. Typically you want the trailer in less deep. Let the trailer guide you up and align the boat. Water and waves will play a much larger roll in loading if the trailer is in deep.
Keep the Drotto Boat Latch Snug, but not tight.
When installing the Drotto Boat Latch you want to keep it snug. Do NOT tighten the latch too tight. You want the latch to be able to pivot when loading into it. It will need to adjust or move slightly to compensate for different pitches or angles of landings.
You Do Not Need to "Power Load"
When loading your boat, you just need to come in above Idle. It may take a few practice runs to get used to, but you can find the right speed and glide right up the trailer all the way to the latch. Once you slide into the latch it will automatically snap shut and lock the boat. You may then shut down the motor. Crawling up the trailer and racing the motor “power loading” can tear up the landing. Since the latch grabs your boat, you may just glide right up and shut down once it locks. Therefore no need to “power load”.
Hookup your Safety Chains and Strap.
The Drotto latch is meant to secure your boat to the trailer when loading. This allows you to get out of the water without climbing over the bow or getting in the water. The latch is NOT meant to be your only safety device during travel. We 100% recommend securing your safety chain and strap at the dry waters edge. Do NOT travel far with only the latch holding your boat. Secure your latch, straps and chain during travel.
*The information provided is only a suggestion to loading and unloading your boat or using the Drotto Boat Latch. These helpful tips are for suggestion purposes only and not describing how a person must load or unload their boat with this product. You must proceed at your own discretion and risk.