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    Boat winch

    Anyone rigged up a 12 volt hitch mounted winch to a boat trailer for easy retrieval? We launch directly from the beach and it's hard to get into deep enough water sometimes. The boat is a 14 foot aluminum with a 30HP outboard and a non tilt trailer. I was thinking about one of these for mounting it
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    Re: Boat winch

    Sound's like a winner to me. If you don't get it mounted before making some launches,use a snatch block and an additional cable to make hand winching easier. Roller bunks help with launching and retrieving in shollow water.

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    Re: Boat winch

    I could see it being needed on sand

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    It maybe be easier to adapt winch to fit on the trailer . They are dedicated boat trailer winches but not cheap. Naturally, Amazon has a variety.

    https://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Mate-...ustomerReviews

    https://www.amazon.com/electric-boat...t+winch&page=2

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    Re: Boat winch

    We had a winch mounted to the front of one of our work boats. Used it for both loading on the trailer and pulling the boat wherever we wanted it.
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    Re: Boat winch

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    It maybe be easier to adapt winch to fit on the trailer . They are dedicated boat trailer winches but not cheap. Naturally, Amazon has a variety.

    https://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Mate-...ustomerReviews

    https://www.amazon.com/electric-boat...t+winch&page=2
    I saw those but since I have a front receiver as well I thought a receiver mounted winch would be useful for other things too. I don't think the boat winch would be any better than a regular winch at retrieving the boat do you? I could put another receiver just about anywhere and use the conventional winch.
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    Re: Boat winch

    Why not put the winch at the front of the trailer behind the coma long? That’s what I’d do

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    Re: Boat winch

    how about not of those cheep harbor freight one way 12v winches. they work but wouldn't pull my jeep grand cherokee v8 up the car hauler ramps but might work for your application. lot lighter than jeep.
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    Re: Boat winch

    Quote Originally Posted by VPT View Post
    We had a winch mounted to the front of one of our work boats. Used it for both loading on the trailer and pulling the boat wherever we wanted it.
    Front of the boat is also a good idea. It would save a trip from not having to walking back to the boat, just to the trailer

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    Re: Boat winch

    Quote Originally Posted by bigb View Post
    I saw those but since I have a front receiver as well I thought a receiver mounted winch would be useful for other things too. I don't think the boat winch would be any better than a regular winch at retrieving the boat do you? I could put another receiver just about anywhere and use the conventional winch.
    The receiver hitch will work too and as you say multi purpose. I think adding a pulley, roller / like snatch block for the cable to ride on would help. A straight pull onto the boat trailer would take stress off the rollers or bunks depending what you have.

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