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    I have never seen the drotto but it looks nifty. I too have a Tracker 175 and don’t have or have never experienced the problems you describe. I drive my boat onto the trailer and lean over the bow and hook it up. My bunks have the carpeting on them that came with the trailer. Good luck in your efforts. Are the ramps you launch from very steep? The ones I launch from at the lakes I fish aren’t super steep but I could see it possibly causing a problem if the ramp was steep. Good luck with the Drotto.
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    I have a Drotto on a 175 and will never own another trailer without one. Back in until the back end floats, get in the boat and pull the rope to release. Pull back on the trailer and it latches.No leaning over the bow to hook up. I let my tailgate down and launching step over in the back of my truck and just step over on the bow of the boat and loading let it latch and step over onto the tailgate and never have to climb on the tongue or get my feet wet. Easy for a 70 year old that fishes by himself all the time.
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    Very interesting Buckeye. My bunks also came with the trailer, I purchased the whole outfit three years ago. What size engine do you have> Mines 75 hp, 4 stroke. It is very heavy. Ramps are not that steep. But that boat wants to fly, and I mean fly off the trailer. I ordered the Drotto about 3 hours ago. Have high hopes.
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    Happy to hear that. I ordered the Drotto 3 hours ago. I'm 79 myself; but, despite a quadruple heart by-pass 4 years ago, am able to do just about everything--no, Ill change that to say I can do everything and feel quite blessed. Hope I didn't just jinx myself! I'll let you know about the Drotto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gansett View Post
    Happy to hear that. I ordered the Drotto 3 hours ago. I'm 79 myself; but, despite a quadruple heart by-pass 4 years ago, am able to do just about everything--no, Ill change that to say I can do everything and feel quite blessed. Hope I didn't just jinx myself! I'll let you know about the Drotto.
    What are those bunks covered with?

    If it has the slick plastic bunk covers, may want to get rid of them and just go with carpet.

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    I had a tracker 175. Had problems loading and unloading. Added 2 bunks making 4. Solved my problem. I added 2 on my current boat, triton ctx. 4 bunks make loading and unloading much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atimm693 View Post
    What are those bunks covered with?

    If it has the slick plastic bunk covers, may want to get rid of them and just go with carpet.
    Carpet bunk covers. They are getting thin so will replace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp2 View Post
    I had a tracker 175. Had problems loading and unloading. Added 2 bunks making 4. Solved my problem. I added 2 on my current boat, triton ctx. 4 bunks make loading and unloading much easier.
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    That's a very good idea. I'll try thanx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gansett View Post
    I have a Tracker 175 with a 75hp 4-stroke Mercury motor. The trailer has bunks instead of rollers, which is good. Even on the "shallowest" of ramps, I have to keep the boat secured to the trailer winch or it will slide off the trailer onto the ramp. Once the boat & trailer are in the water I have to be careful when I release the winch strap from the bow eyelet. The boat wants to slide off the trailer before I release that winch strap. I sometimes have to use another rope thru the bow eyelet and secure the other end to either the trailer or truck in order to hold the boat in place as I release the winch strap. Then I have to hold onto the rope as I slide the boat off the trailer. In fact, the boat is constantly trying to slide off the trailer on its own and I have to hold onto that rope to control the launch.

    Retrieving the boat is a challenge and is dangerous. I drive the boat onto the trailer and have an immediate problem. If I put the motor in neutral the boat begins to slide off the trailer. I have to put it in gear and give it a little forward throttle to hold it in place while I walk up to the bow, step onto the trailer, grab the winch strap and put it on the bow eyelet, and winch it up a little. Then I have to get on the boat to turn off the motor.

    The cause of all of this is the weight of the motor (it's really heavy) and more weight is added by the gas tank.

    Any ideas on how I can more safely launch and retrieve before I kill myself?

    It is easy when I have a buddy with me.
    Sounds like your trailer is too deep I have the same boat, I use the rope thing too, to load leave about 2 inches of the fenders out of the water drive it on should stay until I get the hook on it. UNLESS the ramp is too steep


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