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  1. Hi guys just a quick one for those of you that drive your boats on the trailer and then lie down on the bow to reach the winch strap and safety chain to do up before pulling up the ramp. Make yourself a simple piece of rope with a few feet of slack with either 2 loops at either end or a loop and a carabiner like I have. I attach mine to the bow cleat by the loop and run the rope over the bow roller I made and drive on to my trailer a few feet short of the winch post.Either my wife/son attaches the carabiner to the winch then I shut down the engine and tilt up the engine while they attach the winch strap winching the last couple of feet up The trailer and attach the safety chain before pulling out. I use to use the same method on my old boat with the rope attached to the side of the trailer and the rear cleat. This rope will hold your boat on the trailer no matter what and you can even drive out by just the rope holding it and winch on the last couple feet In the parking lot if you so wish. I've always got someone with me but if I was solo I would have a loop on both ends and simply drape the loop over the winch post using a boat hook from the helm. Basic stuff really but it is certainly better than lying on the bow and cheaper than the catches you can buy for boats. If I can drive my manual tilt/trim tinny onto my trailer via a 6 inch roller at night anyone can. Cheers.