HaHa HaHa:  0
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Drotto Catch & Release

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Olive Branch, MS
    Posts
    2,966
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Drotto Catch & Release


    Anyone have any experience with these? Getting tired of the boat sliding back off the roller on steep ramps then having to hand winch it back up.

    Catch & Release Automatic Boat Latch by Drotto | Official Drotto Store

  2. #2
    jjue1979 is offline Slabmaster II * Crappie.com Supporter
    Join Date
    May 2023
    Location
    Madison, MS
    Posts
    157
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I recently installed a Ramp N Clamp (short arm manual) to replace my really old Boat Buddy, and I like it. Iím so use to one of these auto latches when loading the boat that I forget what it is like to not have one.
    Likes Snubby LIKED above post

  3. #3
    CrappiePappy's Avatar
    CrappiePappy is offline Super Moderator - 2013 Man Of The Year * Crappie.com Supporter
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Lexington, KY
    Posts
    23,623
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I've had one on my boat for a couple of years now. Works just fine. I bought mine with a keyed lock (no longer shown on website). Mine came with the white plastic plate already attached (now advertised as an extra piece for "some older models").

    My boat is a 1999 model 16' ProCraft ProBass16
    Likes Snubby LIKED above post

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Kiln, Mississippi
    Posts
    2,837
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    My Rez boat has a trailer that you can push the boat off with 2 fingers so loading means winching. I got to look into this. Thanks for posting.

  5. #5
    jjue1979 is offline Slabmaster II * Crappie.com Supporter
    Join Date
    May 2023
    Location
    Madison, MS
    Posts
    157
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Name:  IMG_5398.jpg
Views: 119
Size:  106.6 KB
    Ramp N Clamp installed on my Skeeter SF-175
    Likes S10CHEVY LIKED above post
    Thanks Snubby thanked you for this post

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Olive Branch, MS
    Posts
    2,966
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks for the feedback. I went ahead an ordered one. Launching is easy enough but loading can be a chore at certain ramps. Thrust the boat up on the roller to bow eye then walking to bow to get out it moves back off. Then have to try to winch it up without getting feet wet or catching the rub rail. If it works like advertised it will be money well spent. Also went ahead and orders steps from another company. Been on my list for a couple of years now.

    Sent from my SM-S916U using Tapatalk

  7. #7
    CrappiePappy's Avatar
    CrappiePappy is offline Super Moderator - 2013 Man Of The Year * Crappie.com Supporter
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Lexington, KY
    Posts
    23,623
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Snubby View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. I went ahead an ordered one. Launching is easy enough but loading can be a chore at certain ramps. Thrust the boat up on the roller to bow eye then walking to bow to get out it moves back off. Then have to try to winch it up without getting feet wet or catching the rub rail. If it works like advertised it will be money well spent. Also went ahead and orders steps from another company. Been on my list for a couple of years now.

    Sent from my SM-S916U using Tapatalk
    You just power the boat up on the trailer until the bow eye connects with the Drotto jaws ... and it ain't going anywhere !! Just don't forget to trim the big motor up some, so you don't drag your skeg up the ramp. Get the boat up to the parking lot loading/unloading area, open the Drotto & hook up your winch strap and winch it tight for the ride home. The Drotto is not recommended to be used for holding your boat on the trailer when hauling it on the road. Also, if you have a big/thick hook on your winch strap, and especially if you also have a safety chain .... you'll want to make sure the Drotto is "open" when towing, otherwise the Drotto jaws and hook or hooks can jam up in the bow eye and make it hard to get them "un-jammed". Drotto tells you not to use it in place of the winch strap, as it might open (from a bump in the road), but I think they have to say that just to cover their butts. It's not real easy to open them jaws, and takes a quick/hard push on those bars to get it to open. (*note to self ... make sure the jaws are open before trying to put the boat on the trailer)

    If you have a boat cover ... get a "pool noodle" and cut it to fit a few inches longer than the upright bar & put it on the bar when you cover the boat. That'll keep the bar from punching thru the cover when you cinch the cover down.

    If you always fish with a buddy, you're gonna be spending half the time on the ramp that you used to ... and if you fish solo, those steps are gonna come in real handy at those times.

    Luck2ya ... and stay safe !!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Central, IL
    Posts
    712
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I've had the Drotto for several years and love it. I only unhook mine when taking the boat off the trailer, never had any trouble with it. I also use my regular safety traps as well
    Likes Snubby LIKED above post

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

BACK TO TOP