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Do I have to cover my trailer boat when towing?

I have a 4.4M tinny on a small boat trailer. Am I required to put a net/cover on it when towing

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Agree with first answer that a cover is not required. One consideration is drag- an uncovered boat has significantly more aerodynamic drag than a boat with a well-fitted cover- maybe equivalent to pulling an extra 1000 lb for a 3000 ski boat. This may not be a big deal on a small boat like 4.4meter.

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    phillipelecu Dec 02, 2014

    Agreed, Especially if there is equipment up in the airflow (console, ski/tow rack, etc). One major problem is to acquire a "well-fitted" cover. Factory produced(boat manufacturer) usually fit the best. After market are notoriously ill-fitting. A loose cover that flaps in the airflow can be worse than no cover and may self destruct on the first trip.

  • jgcfamily Dec 02, 2014

    True that. BTW - I had a cover made that comes down over the sides and secures with a drawstring, frons and rear straps- I can leave the side straps off while trailering - man is it easier to put on and off than my original snap-on cover.


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I do not know the rules of your state but I do not know any that require a cover. The bout should be strapped down to the trailer and anything that can blow out should be removed. I followed a boat the other day that had a hatch unfastened. Round things were blowing out as the lid flopped in the wind. I stopped him, then went back to see what came out. He will be unhappy when he gets on the water and finds he does not have any leader line left.

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