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Drotto Latch Large Model

(93 customer reviews)

$289.99- Sale Price

The Large Boat Latch is designed to replace a 3-5/8 inch – 4 inch bow roller. Measure the inside width of the bow roller bracket on your trailer and make sure it is 3-5/8 inch – 4 inch wide before ordering. The 2 piece arm is included with purchase. NOW ONLY SOLD WITH THE ROLLER. See below for more details.

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Description

Drotto Latch Description

The Drotto boat latch is constructed of a very heavy gauge steel and weigh’s in at 14lbs. It’s sturdy. The 2 piece arm is included with purchase. The second piece is to extend the arm above the bow. The Drotto Boat Latch Large Model comes in a black powder coating or Zinc coating (the drop down below will give you the option). If the specs of your roller bracket width are 3″ – 3 3/8″ wide please refer to the small model. The Drotto Latch Large model is very commonly used with Triton, Lund, Alumacraft, Crestliner, Smokercraft and many more. This Latch is recommended for boat – trailers that have a 3 5/8″ – 4″ roller. The best way is to measure the inside width of the actual bracket the roller mounts inside.

Drotto Boat Latch Large Details

Specs

installation of the Drotto Latch Large model is a simple one bolt installation. First back your boat and trailer into the water. Lower the trailer into the water until the boat starts to float. Then once your boat is floating, you may let out a little slack from the strap while keeping the safety chain attached. Push the boat back into the water roughly 8 inches to give yourself room to work. Now that you have room, remove the bolt from your front roller on your trailer. Now take the roller off. Once removed place the Drotto latch in its place and place the bolt through one of the 2 mounting holes. (typically the hole closest to the jaws is best). After the bolt is installed tip the latch to an angle that very closely matches the angle of the boat. Snug the bolt up just enough so that it is not flopping around. Now using your crank the boat in until you hear the Drotto latch click, Now snug up the mounting bolt. This should be snug enough that the Drotto latch does not flop around, but you also do not want it real tight. It is best that it can move. Now that the latch is secure you can install the release arm. Slide the thick spacer onto the side of the shaft you want the release arm to be on. Next slide the release arm on then install the coder pin to keep the Drotto handle secure. You are all set.

93 reviews for Drotto Latch Large Model

  1. Mike Dahlberg

    Can’t wait

  2. Victor Palmer

    I have not received the item yet but sounds great!

  3. Jerry

    Works great!

  4. Lee Birmingham

    I have the Boat 2 Trailer hitch, zink 3-3/4 model, on a McClain double axle saltwater boat trailer for my 24′ Blue wave bay boat. I have been using it for about a year. The hitch works like it is advertised and I would purchase it again. Takes the trouble out of launching my boat. NO more wet feet. My wife/fishing buddy never gets out of the truck any more.

  5. Bill Schleeter

    Great idea and works great. People are amazed watching me load the boat without getting wet.

  6. Scott Andrews

    How can those above rate without having it in hand!! Yes, it works fantastic. I’ve had it for 2 boating seasons now and it works everytime! One of my best boat accessory purchases. Mine is on a shorelander roller trailer with a 1850 Crestliner Raptor. You will not be dissappointed!

  7. Larry Rand

    Works great. Easy to install. The only issue I had with my Ranger bass boat is that I had to leave the bolt loose enough to allow it to drop down when putting the boat back on the trailer.

  8. Larry Coleman

    Well I was apprehensive about getting the Drotto Boat Latch at first, but I really needed something like this. I get into some pretty tough boat launches were I go fishing. Not to bad to install just had a little problem with the release arm install because the hex shaft were the two hex pieces welded together did not quite match up. I was at a ramp with out a lot of tools so I had to hammer it on with a socket but after a couple of times on and off it was fine. I found that on a steep ramp when the trailer drops suddenly especially with bunkers you need to run her up a little harder than I would like but it worked fine. A little more use and I should have it down pat. So all in all it was a good purchase and made life a little easier just as stated. Also good costumer service and that’s worth lot.

  9. Brian Bailey

    The Drotto boat latch works awesome! It enables the boat operator to launch and load the boat without needing to access the winch to safely release and secure the boat to the trailer while on the ramp. I speeds up the process and eliminates the need to get your feet wet which adds to the congestion of a busy launch area. With a Drotto boat latch and a second person with trailering experience, you can launch and load your boat in less than a minute. The Drotto boat latch may cost a bit more than other latching systems but I can say that I wish I would have bought one long ago because they are worth it!

  10. Todd Arganti

    Works awesome and as advertised. I did have to move my winch post about 4 inches towards the tongue to ensure the back end of my boat remained fully on the bunks. Additionally I paid full price and now its on sale two months later! Worth the money regardless. Just buy it and get on with your boating life. Everyone at the docks are amazed and asks questions.

  11. Al

    Lund 1800 Fisherman, Shorelander roller trailer.
    Installs fairly easily. Had to move the winch stand forward about 3” so boat would again sit properly on trailer.
    A learning experience for me. I launce at a steep but shallow area. Launching was no problem but I do need to put the trailer in a bit further to avoid it rolling off too fast. The first couple times loading I had the motor trimmed up and the bow went over the stop resulting in some nasty scratches. After realizing my err I trimmed the motor down and was able to load and latch. I still need some practice but overall for me I think it will be a good investment.

  12. Lowell L Larson

    Best money I’ve ever spent for a boat type accessory. I’m getting older and it’s a little more of a chore for me to crawl around and up and over the boat and trailer to launch and load. Stuff you just take for granted as a younger person. I do a lot of fishing alone and the Drotto takes all the work and or worry out of the launch/load process. No worries about the weather affecting it. No need to get wet. Back in, step off the dock into the boat, pull the rope, done deal. Going home? Just drive up wait for the snap and step out on the dock, pull out and strap it down. It’s a beautiful thing! Absolutely love it, and recommend it to anyone who owns a boat, whether it be fishing or pleasure. Do yourself a favor and get one of these!!!

  13. Tom Trudell

    I have a Lund Pro Guide with a roller trailer. This device makes launching and loading the boat much easier! Very easy to install.

  14. Randy Corter

    Fantastic! Incredible! Don’t know how I’ve gotten along without this all these years!!

  15. Gary Osborn

    It works awesome!! Because I fish alone most of the time I always had trouble getting boat to load straight on trailer and boat would sit on one fender or the other. With the Lund Pro Guide I don’t have to back into water so far as it hooks boat and is out of the water unable to sway one way or the other. It is holding up real well and would recommend it to any one. Thanks for making a product that does what it was advertise to do.

  16. Jim D

    I have a Crestliner 1850 Commander on a Shorelander bunk trailer. Very easy installation, works perfectly. Very pleased, highly recommend the Drotto Boat Latch. Also, excellent customer service. Thank you

  17. Jerry Henkel

    I have used it for 2 years on a Lund 2075 Tyee on a roller trailer and I have never had an issue with it. One of the best purchases that I have ever made.

  18. Bob Davis

    Excellent product. Makes boat launching so much easier. Every boat trailer should have this

  19. Darryl Fourte Dallas TX

    Buy it!
    Works like a charm!
    Greatest thing since sliced bread!

  20. Aaron Post

    We didn’t know if it would work with the type of hull my jet boat has, but tried it anyway. It installed and worked exactly like it should, I wish I had one of these years ago.

  21. CCSO-MN

    Just installed on a G3 bay boat used for Law Enforcement. It is a great add-on for single Officer operations making it faster in emergency situations. we are so impressed we are adding to another of our boats.

  22. Sean Beresford

    The best thing I got for my boat trailer. The ease of use is fab.

  23. EDWARD S DOMBROWSKI

    One bolt does not hold device. Device moves. Nut does not hold tight.

    • boat2trailer

      Thanks for the feedback Edward. Just note you typically want the latch to swivel a little. The latch should not be really tight.

  24. Stan Vohnoutka

    Five Stars
    Hands down the best money you can spend for trailering your boat off the water.
    Locks my big heavy Ranger Fisherman in place.
    I’m extremely extremely happy with mine.
    Not a typo,,,, extremely x2
    Stan Vohnoutka
    Tulsa Oklahoma

  25. Jeff Cooke

    This thing is great, easy to install and use. I love it.

  26. Jerry Krupinski

    In my Opinion one of the Best things made since the Wheel. Ease of installation to the ease of releasing and securing your boat when finished.

  27. Dennis Johnson

    Used it for two years and it has been great. I load and unload by myself quite often and it makes it a lot easier when alone. Was very simple to install

  28. Joel Glazebrook

    Best product I’ve added to my rig. Makes loading so easy. I highly recommend this product!

  29. Judd Rux

    I cannot believe how slick these things work, every time! And so easy to install! Made my wife’s job easier at both ends of the boating process. Saves a lot of bruises from hanging over the bow and hooking up the strap. Great product

  30. Justin Smith

    I love my Drotto! I have had the Drotto for over a year now, seems to be very well built. It makes launching and landing my boat a breeze by my self. Even better with another person! In and out of the ramp in under a minute. Install is super easy. I would buy again without hesitation. Thank you for this awesome product!

  31. Robert Gray

    Easy installation initially I did not have the extra roller made for lRanger style boats I have a Yarcraft and it kept bumping the mount and I kept having to readjust it but once I added the roller it’s been working well ever since. Makes solo launching and loading pretty easy even on a bunk trailer it’s helpful

  32. Roger Gill

    Works Great. Boat locks in place very easily.

  33. Billy Clanton

    I love this thing it saves time an work it is easy to install and to use

  34. Billy Clanton

    This thing is great it is easy to install an to use it saves time an work

  35. Dave

    It took a little adjustment and trial and error concerning trailer depth in water. When that was figured out,it worked perfect.

  36. Scott Allmon

    I called the Boat 2 Trailer folks to make sure what size I needed for my Lund 2075 Pro Guide Tandem Trailer and they were very helpful in assisting me with the right product. I was amazed at how quickly the product arrived at the house (2 days). Installing the Drotto was a breeze…honestly it took like 5 minutes. I fish alone most of the time and the Drotto makes loading and unloading a breeze. What are you waiting for buy it and enjoy!

  37. Bernie

    Added the Drotto to the trailer this year and I just love it. Works every time, no more standing on a slick ramp trying to hook up the boat . Mine is an Alumacraft Dominator with an Alumacraft (Phoenix) trailer and it fit and works perfectly. Couldnt be happier. Customer service is also excellent, I had a few questions and the were more than helpful.

  38. Matt Willis

    Works as advertised and works as expected. Unloading is a breeze and loading is so slick. Installation took a few minutes and I did have to move the winch post forward a couple inches so the transom sat where it needed to on the trailer.

    Well worth the investment.

  39. Jerry Henkel

    2075 Lund Tyee on a roller trailer loads and unloads like a dream. No more wet feet. Best thing I have added to my boat.

  40. Brian Bailey

    I could go on and on like a lot of the reviewers did but as I’m not a paid promoter I will keep it short and to the point. Works as advertised and best of all, no more wet feet!

  41. Jack R Muller

    Absolutely the best gaget I bought for my boat. The best advantage is that it allows you to go fishing by yourself with no difficulty launching or loading. Good quality product here, so if your on the fence about getting it, just do it, you won’t regret it

  42. Phil Lenox

    When it worked it was great. It has stopped working and I’m back to crawling over the nose to secure the winch. In it’s defense it may just need some lube as its been a few years with no maintenance.

  43. Mike Lewis

    Awesome. I Guide Walleye on Green Bay and I put my 24 ft boat in and out faster then everyone at the launch with the exception of the other guy with the same setup. Again Awesome product!!!!

  44. Chuck

    Everyone unloading or loading a boat by themselves should have one of these. Back the boat down, climb in, pull the rope…and “clack” the boat slides off the trailer into the water. Same thing coming in…line the boat up, give it some throttle, up the bunk boards and “clack”, your latched. Shut the motor down, and pull the boat out. Super easy!!!

  45. William Hornsey

    Just purchased. Have loaded and unloaded the boat three times. Had to adjust the roller wheel. So far the product works as advertised. I am 66 years old and it keeps me from hanging over the bow to latch the boat.

  46. Kyle

    Makes loading and unloading so much easier and dryer. Have used it countless times, which it worked as it should every time. No more getting your feet wet to load the boat.

  47. Rick Benson

    I put it on at 2175 lund with roller trailer. After loading it a second time this product does everything it claims very safe and easy to load and unload,

  48. Mike Beus

    Works well for someone that fishes by them self. It was a little more difficult to install due to my trailer mount having a 4 inch opening. Had to place washers to make of the space. Everything when well with the mounting. Its has made it much easiler to load the boat when the wind is blowing.

  49. Mark

    I had hard time cranking up my 217 gl Lund With this I simply drive up and it latches. Also makes unloading much easier I unhook winch and safety strap back in and pull lever when I’m already tied off to dock. I will never not have one of these. Also bought my 71 year old father one and he loves it! It will push boat back couple inches on trailer so trim tabs need to pushed out more

  50. Donald Lundin

    Easy to install works as advertised so far so good!

  51. Ken Christie

    Installed on a Triton 189 bass boat and it works great. Have used all season and never a problem. Easy to use, engages every time.

  52. Donn Eskridge

    Works great! I fish alone quite a bit so makes launching and loading solo pretty quick. Had to tinker with the height and angle of the hitch a bit to fine tune but has worked great all along.

  53. Brett Humphus

    I mostly fish alone, which means I launch and load my 23′ bay boat alone. This product has been an absolute blessing since installation! Even with a custom built trailer, with my boat being a Vhull there’s no way to prevent slide-back when loading. This always caused me to have to get wet or strain my back bending and stretching out over the bow to winch it in a foot or so. With the Drotto Latch all I have to do is drive up and it locks in, I step out onto the dock and get in the truck and pull out of the ramp. That simple. Highly Recommend!

  54. Ken

    Works as advertised, I wait 10-15 minutes for other people loading and unloading there boat usual way. I am in or out of water in approximately a minute or two and that’s because I let motor warm up 30 seconds when launching. People just watch with amazement at ramp. Great product, no more wet feet and hand cranking! With all the high water at boat ramps took couple of times to find trailer depth for my bunk trailer but now it works great every time. Save time, wet feet and frustration.

  55. Bill Chapman

    Only been able to use it 2 or 3 times but it seems to work properly and makes it much easier to launch and retrieve boat. Wish I had this years ago.

  56. Bob Larson

    Had watched other boat owners load using the Drotto and was impressed. Don’t know why I waited so long to add one to my own trailer. I ordered the roller version and probably would not have had to, doesn’t interfere with operation just don’t believe it was needed on my 2015 – 1900 Tyee w/bunk trailer. Took less than 5 minutes to install. Wish I had put the Drotto on years ago!

  57. Jon Clouse

    After buying a longer bolt to fit the trailer for my 18’ Lund, the device works well. Every ramp is a different angle and you have to learn how far to back in trailer for each ramp.

  58. David

    Had a problem at first but the service team made thing right. Now with the parts that are for my boat the dam thing works just as they said it would. I even demoed how it works to other boaters and it went over in a big way.

  59. David Duquaine

    I have a 185 Alumacraft Love it I fish alone most of the time unloading is as simple as pulling the lever. Loading took a couple of times to figure out how deep to back in my trailer (roller) after that so easy it’s scary. I will and have recommended your product to friends who also purchased it. Can’t say enough about it, it’s a must for all

  60. Kevin Orr

    This device is a game changer! I am a wheelchair user and have a Triton bass boat. This device makes it much easier to launch and load. I added a rope to make it easier to launch when in boat. The load is the best, drive the boat on the trailer and click you are done. This is the best device I have added to my boat!

  61. Stephen

    I often fish by myself or my small kids. This has made loading the boat so much quicker and easier I can’t believe it. I highly recommend this.

  62. Dave

    Works as advertised. Received item in 2 days. It took me about 30 minutes to install on my Shore-lander roller trailer with a 18.50 Tyee. I did have to move my winch post to get the boat in the correct place on the trailer. Also had to extend my safety chain. Best money spent on the boat to date.

  63. Brett Senechal

    Love mine! Easy to install! Only thing I would think about doing is having a longer bolt. An inch longer would work great!

  64. Mike

    Awesome design, makes loading and unloading the boat incredibly easy. They should Come standard on every boat trailer!

  65. Rick Krueger

    I’m 66 and this makes loading and launching the boat (which I’m out about 100 times a year, usually alone, not always with piers) much easier. As others have mentioned I had to add washers for spacing and installed a longer bolt. But I also bought the Boat Latch Lock and drilled out the hole in the housing to 1/2″, and everything works well now. Note the lock is meant for trailer/wheel locks, and doesn’t fit flush and secure without modifications. Very happy with the quality and how it performs!

  66. Bob edgar

    Best product ever I bought online

  67. Don Milbourn

    This thing works great back in the water pull the handle the boats gone off the trailer when you load it back in load the boat on it clicks most people are struggling were in and out in no time wouldn’t be without it

  68. mike

    Works great for our 17′ Alumacraft boat.

  69. ed greener

    grerat fit and finish,easy install. works as advertised

  70. James Lehn

    great fit easy install
    added to my tyee and works as advertised

  71. PAT LEACH

    Easy installation and it works great. I did have an issue with a contact area on my boat just above the eye but I was able to get a scuff guard to take care of that issue. Otherwise a great purchase.

  72. John Kaczmarek

    Bought this for my 2017 Alumacraft 185 Competitor Sport with Minkota Terrova trolling motor. I bought the model with the roller. Product works great! If you load alone or with a partner that does not drive a boat or back up a trailer this is the product for you! I did end up taking the roller off mine. The boat had a tendency to go to the side of the roller, and still latch, causing minor scratching to keel. I do not think the roller was necessary for this model and boat set-up. I also did install a visual “landmark” to the latching arm to help center the boat before pushing the boat to latch mechanism. I back the trailer in a tad further so now I can ease the boat to the latch instead of ramming it like shown in some of the videos. You can hear a click when the latching takes place. I do not like power loading with my bunk trailer at the landing. Causes good landings to become poor landings. Good product and others that I fish with have all asked how much and how to get one.

  73. Quintin

    This is a “must have” for any boat It’s built solid and easy to install.
    Outstanding product!!

  74. Darrell Wooten

    Great product won’t be disappointed would buy again

  75. Adam Hinton

    Great Product! Easy Install but I did have to get a 1/2 inch longer 1/2 bolt and a couple washers for spacers. Finally a product that was not a disappointment. I installed it on a 2019 Skeeter FX21 LE. Not many videos of this product demonstrated on bass boats but it worked great on mine especially when launching and loading by yourself.

  76. Mark

    Easy to install, works great once you learn how deep to back in the trailer.

  77. Bryan

    I got the 3 3/4″ zinc model. It works as advertised but the bolt they sent is too short to use with the supplied locking nut. I had to reuse the nut from the roller I took off as it is thinner. The supplied nut would have only threaded onto the bolt about half way. I will be purchasing a longer bolt from a hardware store soon.

  78. edward mcallister

    I just finished installing the 3 3/4 with the roller on my boat, it matched up perfectly. I tested on the boat ramp but I have not had a chance to actually use it yet. I’m looking forward to launching myself.

  79. Terry

    Should have bought one years ago, took some adjusting but works great now. Easy on easy off .

  80. David Tirpak

    Awesome product! I have a very large bow on my 24’ Grady White offshore. self launching is not only scary but dangerous. I put this on and it’s already changed the game of self launching safely. I was also nervous about the weight and size of my boat with this latch and I can honestly say I’m no longer concerned. Very sturdy and solid construction. Very easy to install! I ended up getting a longer stainless steel bolt and some washers to take out the old dual roller bracket and switch over to just this! I’ve already recommended this to a few guys on the docks that have seen me do it by myself and we’re beyond impressed. My dad also purchased one as well after he saw me use it! Push purchase now!! (You won’t regret it)

  81. Andy

    Using with a 2003 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer (about 10k pounds). Works great. You hear a positive lock up when powering onto the trailer, it unhooks fine to let you go. I can load a 30′ twin engine cruiser in the same time or less as the bass boats. I had to modify (notch) the plate to clear a couple of drains beside the bow eye, but the function is great.

  82. Dick Gries

    Have a 20 ft Warrior and fish alone most of the time. Solved a big problem loading and unloading. Very well made, great service from Rob (owner)

  83. Jesse Ochoa

    Just put the 3 3/4″ with roller on my Triton Tr210, best money I’ve spent. Don’t have to worry about my boat sliding back or off the trailer anymore. I am paralyzed, so this just made life a lot easier. Just drive the boat on the trailer and click in, its that easy.

  84. Doug Small

    Great product! Easy install and works like a dream on my 1775 Lund Crossover. Should’ve bought one a LONG time ago!

  85. Phil

    So far perfect. Real easy install, I should have bought one years ago. Highly recommend .

  86. David

    Just put the 3 3/4″ with roller on my 2006 Triton 190-FS, and have used about six times. It has made both loading and unloading much easier. Was originally concerned about hitting the latch correctly while loading during windy conditions but this has not been a problem. The product has worked perfectly every time.

  87. gary baker

    Work great have 21 ft Alumacraft . Easy to install ,I fish alone a lot so makes everything really easy.

  88. Frank

    Works as advertised, makes loading & unloading the boat a snap!

  89. Ronald

    Received faster than I expected. Easy to installed. Have not used yet but feel this is the perfect item to assist with loading and unloading.

  90. JC

    Super easy to install, can’t wait to use it this spring. Looks like it will make launch and load from my Shorelander w/rollers a breeze!

  91. Northrn

    4/12/21 From installation to first time launching & loading my boat with the Drotto was super easy. Very well made and will make solo fishing trips much more enjoyable without having to worry about loading the boat by yourself. This thing is slick.

  92. Adam Tobias

    Absolutely love it. Works great on my 2019 20’ xpress bay boat. Could not make loading a boat easier. Awesome for unloading by yourself.

  93. Scotty

    Finally had a chance to get boat in water few times with the new drotto latch. I fish alone 99% of the time and this makes me very efficient loading and unloading at busy ramps when I’m solo. 16′ Crestliner tiller/ ezloader roller trailer, I literally bolted it in place of oem roller and snugged the bolt just tight enough so the assembly stays in place but pivots with light pressure and it’s been flawless, latches with minimal throttle every time. Wish I had this years ago when I fished small lakes with no docks. Great invention worth the investment!

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