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Drotto Boat Latch Large Model

(50 customer reviews)

$279.99 $259.99- Sale Price

The Drotto Boat Latch Large Model is designed to replace a 3 1/2″ – 4″ inch bow roller for a V front boat. **Just add spacers or washers for larger rollers**.  Please measure the inside space between your existing bow roller on your trailer and make sure it is 3 1/2 inches wide or larger. If the specs are 3 inches – 3 3/8″ wide please refer to the small boat latch model. The Drotto Boat latch is constructed of a very heavy gauge steel and weigh’s in at 10lbs. It’s sturdy. There is a 2 piece arm that is included with purchase. The Drotto boat latch comes in two different coatings. Zinc (silver) and black powder (black).
**NOTE** This will not work on pontoons or flat front boats.
Drotto Automatic Boat Latch


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The Large Drotto Boat Latch Model is designed to replace a 3 1/2″ – 4″ inch bow roller for a V front boat.

Buy Now the Drotto Boat Latch Large Model on Boat2Trailer. The Large model is available to purchase in two different finishes. One finish is the black powder coating (Black). This is a very durable finish for outdoor use and the most popular finish purchased through Boat2Trailer. The other is our Zinc finished Drotto boat latch. The Zinc finish is very popular in Southern climates or saltwater conditions. The Zinc coating also matches up well with galvanized trailers. Both finishes are very durable.

Do I need a roller added?  This is simple to answer. When you launch your boat into the water, does the nose of your boat drop? Or do you fish in some places that have steep landings? If the answer is yes to either, then we suggest getting the Large model with the roller attached.

The Drotto Boat Latch has been available as an automatic boat loader and boat launcher since 2012. Ever since the day we said “Drotto for sale” it has gone through a number of changes. There has been an effort to make the Drotto as universal as possible. Since 2017 the Drotto boat latch has not needed much improvement. it has been pretty solid and in need of very little updates. This you can see in our customer reviews. It now works on most boat types and trailer setups. Purchase the Drotto boat latch online now at Boat2Trailer.com.

When you purchase a Drotto through Boat2Trailer we offer a full 1 year warranty and money back guarantee.

Large Drotto Boat Latch Installation

The best way to install the Drotto Boat Latch large model is simply back your boat and trailer down the ramp and into the water. Once your boat is floating simply let out slack from the winch strap while keeping the safety chain attached. Push the boat back roughly 8 inches to give yourself room to work.  Now remove the front roller or rubber V on your trailer. Place the Drotto in the place of the roller and place the bolt through one of the 2 mounting holes. (typically the hole closest to the jaws is best) Tip the Drotto Latch to an angle that closely matches the angle or pitch of the boat. Snug up the installation bolt and nut. Use your crank on your trailer to crank the boat in until you hear the latch click onto the eye of the boat, Now snug up the mounting bolt. This should be snug enough that the Drotto does not flop around, but you also do not want it real tight. It is best that the latch can move. Since the Drotto latch is now 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.

50 reviews for Drotto Boat 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. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. Joel Glazebrook

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

  27. 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

  28. 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!

  29. 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

  30. Dave

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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

  37. 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!!!!

  38. 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.

  39. 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,

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. Mike

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

  43. Bob edgar

    Best product ever I bought online

  44. mike

    Works great for our 17′ Alumacraft boat.

  45. ed greener

    grerat fit and finish,easy install. works as advertised

  46. James Lehn

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

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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)

  50. 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.

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