# 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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First of all you should know the height, length, width, and weight of your trailer, which is important and it will make it possible for you to transport your boat. Or if you want you can hire a boat transport services, by taking reference from the Internet or you may ask your friends or relatives if they had ever shipped a boat from transporters, because a boat delivery company had an experience in transporting boats and yacht safely.

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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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