How to launch a boat

Before you tow your boat, check with your motor vehicle bureau’s trailer license office to find out whether state law requires trailer brakes, lights, side mirrors, or special permits for a hull wider than 8 feet.

To launch your boat, you’ll probably back it down a ramp. Practice maneuvering in an empty parking lot-your trailer will turn in the opposite direction of your car.

If your boat is small, you can use a second hitch, mounted on the front bumper, for maneuvering at the ramp. It allows you to see what the boat is doing.