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I just bought a new boat and need to buy a boat trailer. Should I buy a boat trailer with the weight capacity of my new boat, or do I need to make sure it can tow more than that just in case?

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Agree totally with the previous answer. However, I'm not convinced that a safety margin of 100% of total load is absolutely necessary - I reckon 50% is sufficient.

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Never buy a trailer with the same capacity as the weight of your boat! This can be very dangerous! Instead, make sure the trailer's capacity is at least twice that of the weight of the boat, all your gear, and the boat's motor.

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