Boats come in all sizes, from large pontoons, all the way to little layout boats -- like my Otter Stealth 1200. The boat is one of the best duck boats on the market, but the problem is I have a cheap trailer to go with mine. The boat didn't fit it right, and it didn't even have a trailer jack. No, it's not a heavy boat, but I still didn't like the idea of my trailer hitch being nose-down into my lawn. I decided I need a few things; some vast restructuring of my trailer, and an inexpensive trailer jack.
You probably don't think much of the trailer jack on your boat trailer, but it's a very important piece of gear. It's gets a lot of stress put on it while your boat is "winterized," and it's the during the summer it gets constantly dipped in nasty water, and moved across the ground. That's a lot of jobs for something that you rarely think about, but just think about attaching your 19-foot bass boat to your trailer without one.
That being said, I still didn't want to pay a lot for a good jack. I like my boat, but the trailer isn't worth much, so I didn't want to empty my wallet just to be able to mow under my trailer during summer. I decided to go for the Bass Pro Shops 800-pound Budget Jack.
This past year, Bass Pro Shops has come out with a whole new line of fantastic trailer jacks in all sizes, to fit any type of boat. Luckily, all I needed was the $20 Budget Jack.
The budget trailer jack pivots and gives you 10" of travel and 21" of lift. Handle gear shaft and gear are flat on one side for a positive connection that eliminates the need for a roll pin. Features a heavy-duty solid poly wheel, reinforced wheel fork, tube is zinc plated inside and out, removable crank handle, solid cast gears and a 2-pin swing-up release. Fits tongues up to 3"x5". Zinc-plated mounting hardware included.