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Drotto Boat Latch – 3″ Model Ranger & Stratos Boats

Rated 4.79 out of 5 based on 24 customer ratings
(24 customer reviews)

$279.99 $259.99- Sale Price

This particular 3″ Boat Latch is designed to replace a 3 inch bow roller on Rangers, Stratos or similar style boats. With this Drotto boat latch Ranger model we just added a bracket and roller to our existing 3″ model. The added bracket and roller helps the nose or bow of the boat roll off of the Drotto boat latch during launching. If the nose or bow of your boat drops during launching, the bracket and roller is needed for the Drotto boat latch system to work properly on your trailer. Measure the inside of your bow roller on your trailer and make sure it is 3 inches – 3 1/4″ wide before ordering. The Drotto boat latch is constructed of a very heavy gauge steel and weigh’s in at 10lbs. It’s sturdy. The 2 piece arm is included with purchase. The 3″ drotto boat latch model Ranger and Stratos style only comes in a black powder coating (black) version. If the specs of your roller bracket width are 3-1/2 inches or wider please refer to to 3-3/4 inch model.

**NOTE** This will not work on pontoons or flat bottom boats. This model is designed specifically for Ranger and Stratos style boats, but will work on most V-front boats as well.

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24 reviews for Drotto Boat Latch – 3″ Model Ranger & Stratos Boats

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Boys

    Alumacraft 1850 boat; loads sooo easily, with no assistance. Safety first, hands free. Launch is as easy as a pull of the rope.
    In the 5 yrs since I installed, I have never missed on the loading nor the launch when I am alone. Best addition to my boat/trailer I have ever added; although the front bow guides do help to straighten the boat on a windy day and line it up for the latching. SO EASY!!!!!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    daniel lemieux (verified owner)

    works great ,still have to figure out the ideal trailer depth but once you do that the guides align the bow center and height and it is perfect ! one thing i did because the latch in my case got the boat 3 inches back from the original position is to move the winch post if you can . in my case i had to modify the roller mount and repositoned it so itdoes not move back because i have an older stratos trailer with hinged roller mount .sounds more completely than it really is .

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Sterns

    I put mine on a Lund Pro Guide 2075. I was tired of walking on slippery boat landings and trailer tongues. I saw these boat latch’s on the internet and thought you know for that price it won’t even come close to the cost of one emergency room visit! I ordered it right then and there, best money I ever spent. No more tying on ropes or leaning over the trolling motor to unlatch the loading strap and safety chain! You just unhook them on safe level ground back in the water pull the rope and you’re off! My son and I have this down to a science we can pull into a landing put in plugs unhook straps and chains and be running in the water in less than 3 minutes in most cases. I have struck up more conversation at the launch over this latch than any other topic. In fact I have 4 buddies that have put them on their boats and rave about them! In my opinion they should be standard equipment. Same with loading, the trailer is still backing up and I’m driving the boat on, you here the “click” shut the motor down and you’re out of the water and up the ramp! In fact it took me longer to type that sentence than it does to load my boat! These things are awesome! I can’t say enough about them.

  4. Rated 3 out of 5

    Rick Thomas (verified owner)

    Works great for loading the boat but launching is a different story. I have to release it before I unhook the boat strap or there is too much tension on the boat2trailor latch and it won’t release. Not a huge issue as I really wanted it for loading the boat anyway.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    David montano (verified owner)

    Works great. The only problem I had was the catch platethat lock or unlocks the catch levers. Shifted a little and would engage. Washers and spacers fixed this to keep the catch plate centered.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chad west (verified owner)

    Installed mine on a 2016 Ranger reata 1850 LS. Works perfectly along with my 12 foot talons and ultera trolling motor, launching and retrieving by myself has never been so easy. I have been using it for one year now and no issues,no marks on the bow of my Ranger.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    CS

    Installed on a Triton 206 – love it. I tell and show everyone I can. This and suspension seats for the great lakes are two things every boat should come from the factory with. Easy install.

    Love for both loading and launching. Fastest way to safely load the boat quickly.
    Easy launching especially when fishing with my kids as I back it in deep enough to float the boat, then I climb in, grab a rope and release the boat. It slides right back nice and slow and I am able to step onto the dock and tie it down. Very easy, safe and quick.

    Only thing I sometimes wish it had was black plastic instead of white so it would match my black hull. However that may make it harder to see when loading…

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Randy Athens (verified owner)

    Once you adjust the unit to your boat it works great. There is also a learning curve to adjust your loading speed be actuate the latch but without too hard of contact. Great device when you are fishing alone

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Puruczky (verified owner)

    I had these on my last 2 trailers and would never be without one again. Loading a boat is so easy with the trailer latch a kid can look like a pro. Everyone on the dock or a guest in my boat is simply amazed how easy the boat loads and no one has to get wet in the process. Hands down the best upgrade you can make for your boat.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin Valento (verified owner)

    Simply put….love it, love it love it!

    I have had it now for two years and at nearly every launch someone ask me about it. Can’t say enough good things about this product!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brent Anderson

    I just installed my last this week. Stratos 386 on a bunk trailer. Installation only took about 5 minutes and loading the boat now takes about 5 seconds at the landing. This is by far the best boat accessory I have added. No more crawling over the troller on the bow or walking the trailer tongue down to attach the winch strap. Just drive on, CLICK and GO!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Aschenbrenner (verified owner)

    Waited too long to purchase
    Love mine
    Used on Lake of the Woods Ontario last Thursday after a snow worked great
    Made landing alone a breeze

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kendall Prillaman (verified owner)

    Installed on a 2003 Ranger 185VX for the times I go by myself. Makes unloading and loading so easy. I can back my trailer next to the walk way and not have to climb into the bed of my truck.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Bird

    Installed on a Shoreline Custom trailer for a Winner 2000 Tournament Bass Boat. Had to apply some marine grease to the latch to get it working freely to release and catch my boats bow eye. Works like a charm now. I’m able to drive directly up on my trailer and have the drive pull away from the ramp. Best investment I’ve made to assist in Launching and retrieving my boat. Awesome product.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Timothy Roberts (verified owner)

    I put mine on the RangerTrail trailer 3 years ago and I would not be without it. It checks all the boxes safety, ease of loading,/unloading and #one my wife does the backing the rig down the boat ramp and she no longer has to get out of the truck and get her feet wet hooking up the strap,she loves it. I have a bum leg and it is very difficult for me to get over the bow of the boat , feel for the frame to get out and then hook the strap up. This is a must have as far as we are concerned. Thanks for the invention!

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jim smith (verified owner)

    Just started using my drotto latch on a Stratos VLO 189, made loading really easy. My only concern is that it lengthens the boat on the trailer by a couple inches. The bunks do not come all the way out the back of the boat

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Morgan (verified owner)

    I got this for my Ranger a couple of years ago. Best mod I have ever purchased. I get in the boat to launch before it is backed in and get out after its loaded on the trailer and away from the ramp. No more wet feet in the winter. When launching by myself I dont have to worry about the boat floating off the trailer and out into the lake (again). Too many positives to list on this thing. Call me crazy but I will never have another boat or trailer without this thing. This is a “Best Investment” item.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Buck

    Drotto is a quality product,
    That makes for a much safer
    Launching & loading of Boat.
    Pricing is most reasonable of
    All Boat features.
    Highly recommend to anyone trailering
    Their Boat.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    paul (verified owner)

    this is the greatest thing for loading a boat of any size. not getting your feet wet is a plus. no more troubles at the boat ramp just pull up hook and go..

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bruce Bakker (verified owner)

    Every boat should have one. Money well spent.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim Lorentz

    Installed mine on my 1825 Lund Pro Guide , works great for unloading on my roller bunk trailer , I can unhook my safety chain and strap back in and hit the release lever , without it I had to tie off the boat to the trailer loosen the strap then unwind the tie rope and hang on as boat goes into water , great investment , works great for loading also ,

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bruce Nepper (verified owner)

    Makes loading and unloading the boat very quickly and with ease no longer holding up the boat ramp in seconds you are loaded and going up the boat ramp.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ted Sewall (verified owner)

    This has been just what I have been looking for to launch and load my boat, particularly when I am by myself. I installed it myself in a matter of minutes on my Ranger Trail trailer for my 619VS. I will never again have to hang over the bow and then balance on the trailer tongue over a slippery landing trying to hook or unhook my boat strap for either loading or launching. All the hooking and unhooking is done in the lot on dry ground. The added safety this item provides makes it worth every penny I paid for it.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    GREG BRYANT (verified owner)

    these should be standard on every new boat trailer, a great device!

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