Commercial boat trailers
Self-propelled boat movers are not trailers in the strictest sense of the word. They are hydraulically operated boat movers, with their own tractor unit. They share all of the features of hydraulic boat trailers.
Non-commercial boat trailers
This type of trailer is usually used by the boat owner/operator. The trailer is also used for storage.
- Roll-on, also known as a "Roller style trailer", uses rubber and/or polyurethane rollers for ease of launching and loading a boat.
- Glide-path, also known as a "Float-on" style trailer allows the boat to float onto the trailer; after trailer has been partially submerged (usually 3⁄4 of the trailer). Since its inception it has become quite popular v.s. the "Roller style trailer".
- Boat dolly, a device for launching small boats not suitable for towing.
- Henkdel, Steve (1991). Boat Trailers and Tow Vehicles, A User's Guide. International Marine Pub. ISBN 0877422907.
- Skorupa, Joe (2006). Chapman Trailering, The Complete Guide to Pulling, Parking, Launching, & Retrieving Your Boat. Hearst Books. ISBN 1588164594.
- Michalak, Jim (2002). Boatbuilding for Beginners (And Beyond). Breakaway Books. ISBN 1891369296.