Boat Towing Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Before you hit the road with your boat in tow, you need to know the state laws, ensure insurance coverage is in place and know exactly how to secure your boat. Are you sure your boat is ready for the trip? Take the quiz to find out now!

In North Carolina, what is the longest boat you can legally tow?

Although many states don't specify this, some states do. North Carolina is the strictest, capping it at 35 feet (10.7 meters). <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/boat/boat-towing-safety.htm">How Boat Towing Safety Works</a>

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What is the maximum boat towing height in Michigan?

The maximum boat height in Michigan is as low as 12.5 feet (3.8 meters), but in most other states, boats can be 13.5 to 14 feet (4.1 to 4.2 meters) tall. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/boat/boat-towing-safety.htm">How Boat Towing Safety Works</a>

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Which weight of the boat should you look for before you tow the boat?

Determine whether the tow vehicle can handle the weight of the boat by getting the dry weight of the boat from the owner's manual. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/boat/boat-towing-safety.htm">How Boat Towing Safety Works</a>

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Which of the following should be checked before you tow a boat?

Make sure the tow vehicle's engine, cooling system, brakes, suspension, tires, transmission and other components are all up to the job. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/boat/boat-towing-safety.htm">How Boat Towing Safety Works</a>

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Which trailer brake type works automatically?

Surge brakes are not specifically driver-controlled; they kick into effect automatically whenever the driver slows the tow vehicle. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/boat/boat-towing-safety.htm">How Boat Towing Safety Works</a>

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What pattern should you tie your safety chains from your trailer to your tow vehicle?

Safety chains are attached and secured in a crisscross pattern between the trailer and the tow vehicle to securely hold the trailer in place if the some portion of the hitch should fail. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/boat/boat-towing-safety.htm">How Boat Towing Safety Works</a>

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How much of the boat's weight do you want on the trailer hitch?

Make sure about 10 to 15 percent of the boat's weight is on the hitch, because more or less can decrease stability and be dangerous. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/boat/boat-towing-safety.htm">How Boat Towing Safety Works</a>

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What is the highest maximum towing speed allowed by any state in the U.S.?

In Alaska, it's a mere 45 mph (72 kph). However, in Idaho, New Mexico, and South Dakota, it is 75 mph (120 kph). <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/boat/boat-towing-safety.htm">How Boat Towing Safety Works</a>

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What is the maximum overall length (length of the boat and towing vehicle from end to end) allowed in the United States?

This can range from 53 feet (16.2 meters) in Mississippi to 75 feet (30 meters) in West Virginia and other states. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/boat/boat-towing-safety.htm">How Boat Towing Safety Works</a>

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What are the two types of boat towing insurance?

Getting the right type of boat towing insurance can be a wise choice. There are two varieties: towing and salvage. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/vehicle-towing/boat/boat-towing-safety.htm">How Boat Towing Safety Works</a>

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