As your boat is driven onto the trailer, the bow eye contacts the Boat Buddy® and triggers a spring-loaded, stainless steel bolt through the bow eye, thereby attaching the boat to the trailer. Non-marring pad won't harm boat. Easy installation - replaces typical 3" or 4" wide roller assembly. Intended for use with U-bolt bow eyes. (Not recommended for cast bow eyes.)
Rated 1 out of 5 by OARSHANK72 DOESN'T FIT
HAVE A 2008 LUND 1775 WITH A SHORELINE TRAILER. THE TRAILER WINCH STAND BOLT HOLE FOR THE ROLLER DOES NOT MATCH THE HOLE IN THE BOAT BUDDY.
WOULD HAVE TO SAW OFF HALF INCH OF THE STAND TO GET THE HOLE TO MATCH, THEN DON'T KNOW IF IT WOULD WORK.
OPTION WOULD BE A WELDING SHOP TO WELD A PLATE AND DRILL A NEW HOLE. NOT GOING TO DO THAT!
VERY DISAPPOINTED. GREAT CONCEPT, BUT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT FOR VERSATILITY!
May 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dannny Boat Buddy
Well it went very easy. I have had the chance to use it yet I have admit I am kind of nervous about it I want it to work really! Check with me a little later. Dan.
April 26, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by K9BOB HIT IT RIGHT
THE FIRST TIME I HIT IT OFFCENTER IT BENT HAD TO THROW OUT
August 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ironhorse22 not bad
the older i get the harder it is to load my boat so i thought this could be the answer & it is no more wet feet or falling off trailer tong skinning shins works great.
July 30, 2012
The Boat Buddy® is designed to be used on boats with U-bolt eyes with drive-on trailers. If you can drive all the way onto your trailer and stop with the bow eye right below your roller or V-block the boat buddy® can replace your 3"-4" roller or V-block. The boat buddy® comes in two sizes. The original boat buddy® is for boats with 3/8" bow eyes--most boats 21' and under. The boat buddy® II is for boats with 1/2" bow eyes--most larger boats. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. Most boats require an extended length bow eye to allow room to add a winch hook for trailering, or some boats may have a cast bow eye instead of the U-bolt bow eye--so we have included an extended length bow eye in each package. Most bow eyes can be easily changed. Not recommended for Boats with bow angles greater than 40 degrees.
BY NOW YOU KNOW. THERE IS NO QUICK RELEASE FOR THE PIN TO BACK THE BOAT OFF. YOU MUST USE THE REGULAR WINCH AT THE LANDING. THE PRESSURE WOULD BIND THE BUDDY PIN AND THAT ENDS THAT! I JUST RETURNED MINE TODAY SINCE THE BOLT HOLES AND CONTOUR OF DESIGN DO NOT FIT MY WINCH SUPPORT.
I was worried about the same thing for my boat. I believe the size of your bow eye is the key to answer your question. If your bow eye is made of 1/2 inch diameter steel, ten get the larger one. If your bow eye is 3/8 inch diameter steel, get the smaller one. If you don't have a "u" shaped bow eye installed already, you can probably go with either one since it comes with the bow eye that you can have someone install or try to install yourself.
Personally, I would recommend attaching the winch hook. While the Boat Buddy would keep your boat on the trailer, it's not snug against the roller and would possibly bounce too much while driving home.
You don't have to because the boat buddy does lock it in place, BUT once in a while it's tough to get the lock unlocked before you drive the boat down to the water.....so if you have the hook strap available, you can hook it up and winch it just a bit to take the pressure off then it will unlock. I had to swap out my u bolt on the boat with a larger one so the boat buddy and my hook could be used at the same time. Hope this helps.
On my boat I hook up the winch strap to take pressure off the bow eye / Boat Buddy pin and my boat does less bouncing when on the road. I suppose you could go without the winch strap, but then the bow eye would probably bounce against the Boat Buddy and it's pin that goes through the bow eye. For a short, slow speed tow on a smooth road, this would not be a problem.
it is fine for holding it till you get off the ramp, I would still put the strap and safety chain on. But I have never towed it with pressure just on the pin. I consider the pin for loading purposes not trailering down the road.
I don't think it would be necessary, the Boat Buddy would hold it ok. However for safety reasons you should have two sources to hold it in case one fails for some reason. I always hook mine up. You wouldn't want to remove the wench in case you were unable to drive onto the trailer so why not hook it up too for safety.
2 years, 11 months ago
Top 1000 Contributor
Several schools of thought. I hook the winch strap up disengage the buddy and secure with another bow strap. Also you can leave the buddy engaged but always hook the winch strap.