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Drotto Latching System

2/11/17 @ 5:26 PM
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Pioneer22
USER SINCE 5/28/07

I just bought a Lund Impact 1875.  Some of the lakes I fish in Norther WI have steep landings.  We always struggle getting the eye up to the front roller and snugging the boat up with the front winch.  The drotto seems like a reasonable way to solve this problem.  My question is, has anyone used these, and what have people heard about their reliability?  I'd hate to dump my new boat on a landing after trusting this to pull it out of a steep ramp.  It says it's rated up to 6500 pounds which would more than cover the weight of my boat.  Thanks...

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5/3/22 @ 10:22 AM
madforlabs
USER SINCE 12/20/12

I'm aware of a circumstance where a boat dropped off the trailer on dry land with a Drotto system where chain and strap had been removed. In this case, the operator trailered the boat with the release lever attached while in transit. Drotto manual warns not to transport with lever attached for just that reason.

P.S.  I own a Drotto.  Think it's great.

5/3/22 @ 9:12 AM
Fish Hound
USER SINCE 1/29/02

I have the Drotto on my 21' glass boat as well, wouldn't be without it. Much simpler process if I'm alone and if somebody is with me they never have to get out of the truck at launch or retrieve.

Nowhere in the video BA posted did I see it caused by a Drotto, my guess would be he is misleading people either intentionally or unintentionally. I've had nothing but positive experiences with it and many come and ask questions at the launch.

5/3/22 @ 8:48 AM
fishhook
fishhook
USER SINCE 9/16/01

I have the Drotto on my boat trailer. 

So much easier launching,or loading your boat,especially when fishing by yourself.

5/3/22 @ 8:42 AM
Guidedfishing
USER SINCE 8/2/01

Well the whole idea behind the Drotto and the purpose it fills very well is allowing you to remove the safety chain and winch strap while that area of the trailer tongue is still above dry land just as your putting your boat in.  Its then very easy to back up the few extra feet then release your boat from its secure grasp.   Same with loading it allows you to drive on and lock the boat in then you are able to pull ahead just enough to attach the winch and safety without getting wet.  You could also latch the winch strap and safety if you can reach it when your coming out I suppose.  Either way either putting in or taking out it allows you to safely remove the safety chain and winch strap just before the point you would have to get wet.   Very slick setup.

5/2/22 @ 9:32 PM
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5/2/22 @ 2:38 PM
rookie2
USER SINCE 7/21/04

We installed one on a Lund PRO V 19 ft. It works great but we do not leave anything to chance. We always disconnect the winch but leave the safety chain attached on launching and pulling boat out. The chain easily disconnects but provides us with the insurance we need to be certain we dont have a mis-hap.

5/2/22 @ 12:04 PM
Guidedfishing
USER SINCE 8/2/01

I have a Drotto on my Lund Mr Pike 17,  In order to install I had to slide the entire winch assemble ahead towards the truck about 2in to make it fit.  Its handy if you put in and land by yourself.  

You will need to practice with it a little, keep in mind that if the catch up front is pinned tight against the mechanism it will not release.  Also be careful until you get the hang of it, not as big of issue on your bunk trailer, but on a roller trailer you want to make sure you are well centered before you give it that extra little nudge forward to lock yourself in other wise you run the risk of running your boat up one side or the other.  If off center it could potentially dinging your hull.   Good for moving that short distance to put in and take out but still don't remove your strap and safety chain until you need to and put it on as soon as you can.  

Great product for keeping your feet dry, and potentially keeping your rig from being dropped on the deck at the landing.   I would not trust it to haul any distance.




5/2/22 @ 10:54 AM
Musky99
USER SINCE 8/8/11

Thinking about getting drotto for a 18ft Lund GL.

Any reviews on the drotto before I buy one?

Thanks!


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