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Is your trailer fastening compliant with regulations?

Published on
25/05/16
  • Is your trailer fastening compliant with regulations?
    The trailer is often considered an accessory, yet it is a crucial component demanding the attention of boaters who decide not to leave their craft at the harbor.

 

Standards and certifications

 

National and European regulations / standards are evolving, and it is crucial to verify that your boat trailer is indeed compliant with the rules.

 

  • Standard EN12195 pertains to load restraining, i.e. fastening the boat to ensure a solid attachment to the trailer.

 

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  • Standard EN 13157 pertains to the boat lifting system on the trailer, requiring appropriate handling devices (winches).

 

  Download the regulation

 

 

Non-compliance with regulations may cause you to incur liability, especially when an accident requires an expert appraisal.

 

APRIL Marine recommends that you use patented Goliath TS safety winch systems and Quickflex restraint equipment for enhanced safety.

 

 

What you need to know about fastening your boat!

 

Your fastening system must comply with European regulations and moreover be adapted to your boat to ensure it remains perfectly attached to the trailer under all circumstances. It would be preferable to opt for direct cross-linked lashing rather than loop lashing to guarantee optimal support. Other systems available feature fabric straps or cables offer varying levels of efficiency. The Quickflex lassos combine the qualities of straps and cables, without their disadvantages.

 

APRIL Marine recommends use of the Quickflex restraint system.

 

The Quickflex restraint system, compliant with Standard EN12195 and the only system designed and certified for boat trailers, allows you to fasten semi-rigid vessels weighing up to 3 tons, regardless of their hull design. This system completely immobilizes the boat on its trailer and ensures stability when braking, in turns and during sudden avoidance maneuvers.

 

Quickflex is simple and quick to install, preventing any possible errors that could compromise safety. No special training is required. Several Quickflex models for boats up to 3 tons are available depending on the type of boat. They have all been designed with corrosion-resistant materials for longer lasting durability.

 

✔  Installation in just 1 minute

✔  Ultra high-strength lassos

 

To order your system and take advantage of a 20% discount on Quickflex, contact APRIL Marine. A professional will be on hand to help you choose the appropriate combination of attachments, depending on the weight and type of your boat, in addition to helping with the first installation.

 

 

The winch: what you need to know

 

Hauling a boat on its trailer involves a lifting operation (i.e. a raising action requiring that the load be properly secured) with risks for both the boat and its users. This risk is addressed in Standard EN 13157, which provides a set of winch design and assembly rules. The winch offers a secure means of handling during lifting operations, whether at the time of launch or removal. Reminder: the majority of electrical winches are not compliant.

 

APRIL Marine recommends use of the Goliath TS winch system.

To safely execute a handling operation, choose the Goliath TS winch, which complies with regulations and has been specifically adapted to nautical conditions, with an automatic safety brake. The force you require has been minimized (to just 7 kg) thanks to its two-speed design. Practical and easy to use, the Goliath winch is equipped with a self-braking system that automatically activates in the presence of a load, allowing deployment of the strap with no load, in addition to a safety strap replacing the conventional cable, which was sometimes a source of injury.

 

To order your device and benefit from a 20% discount on the Goliath TS boat trailer winch, when purchased at the same time as a Quickflex, contact APRIL Marine.

 

To bring your boat safely to shore and enjoy your holidays, be sure you've got all the right equipment!

 

To learn more, consult the boating regulations.