Amarok retrieving boat

How to retrieve boat

  • Back your trailer up to the appropriate depth using the reverse cameras for assistance.
  • Attach your trailer winch strap to the boat, line it up with the rollers and crank the winch, applying the brake when the boat is completely in.
  • Drive your Amarok up the ramp and into a parking space where you can attach all the tie-downs and trailer lights before setting off.
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Video Transcript

Well it's been a cracking day on the water, so now we've got to retrieve our boat.

Now 600 newton-metres of torque is going to be no problems as far as pulling the boat out, there's a few tips to get it nice and efficient and certainly around holiday times, Christmas, Easter, all of those periods it can be really busy at the boat ramp and you want to be efficient get your boat out and move away as quickly and safely as possible.

So we're going to go through a few tips I'm in the big boat today it's the 7600, so it's between that 2 and 1/2 3 tons quite a big boat but it's easy enough to do on your own with a few quick and simple steps.

One of the great features that the tech panel has in the new Amarok and it's huge it's this area here, is this overhead 3D camera version showing me the trailer and just take things nice and steady I can see really well great big mirrors on the new Amarok as well and there's the main reverse camera so it makes it really easy. Also lets you see if you know always have a visual look and make sure there's no obstacles but it also lets you see if anybody's darting about and you can certainly slow down stop straight away.
I'll have a look in there and we'll just get the trailer into the right depth to make it really easy to drive that boat on and I reckon that's about it right there.

So it's really important just to come in nice and steady, so we're not in a huge hurry here if you if you've got wind, prevailing wind and current to deal with you might have to allow for that a bit lucky I've got nice calm conditions here so we just want to line the bow up perfectly on that first roller. That's got it there now so once it's lined up let it settle down make sure we're all squared away, so you got to make sure you definitely have a visual of how much depth you've got to play with so that 300 four engine sits down a fairway I'll trim it up a little bit okay we're lined up there nicely now. Just a matter of just rolling it on nice and steady on the throttle as we load up.

And this boat does have a fantastic feature called a “boat catch”, which I haven't engaged here because not all boats have them but they are a great feature so normally if that boat catch was there the bow would ride up and I could I could let it hit that catch and drop back and it would lock on, but leave that in gear and we'll go up and get the winch connected up, lock that off, put our chain on and we'll be right.

Pop that on make sure we engage that ratchet fingers clear. Pop my winch handle back in there, put the safety chain on, always have your safety chain and your winch connected before you go anywhere. Don't just rely on one of the other, so the worst thing you can ever have happen is have the boat drop off onto the boat ramp we certainly don't want to have that happen. Tighten that up, so that's that boat catch feature I've got here is like a third arm so it'll there we go that sits up there. So if I have it in the engage position there like that it can be hooked on there and I can let that off and as I take pressure off the boat that'll just simply drop down, pretty cool feature.
All right we'll jump up and turn that off pull that throttle back nice and clear turn, that engine off then make sure you trim it up.

So, what we do want to do is this is quite a steep boat ramp, I said somewhere between 2 and a half and 3 tons depends how much fuel I've got in the boat so there's a fair bit of weight there. And on a dry day like this don't worry 10-speed automatic gearbox 600 newton-meters, the Amarok will pull that boat out really no problems at all but we want to have what we call mechanical sympathy - being the X rally driver and always thinking about transmissions and engines so it's really simple we're just going to hold our foot on the brake, pop it into neutral. We've got this dial here so we can go to four-wheel drive all-time four-wheel drive, which is like a constant four-wheel drive. Then we can go to full four-drive fulltime, so full drive high range and but I want to get to full drive low range. So we'll click that around you'll see it flashing there, once it goes in it's up here locked in, okay. Don't forget once the Amaro senses you've got a trailer plug in it'll automatically go into all drive mode you can override this and go back to two-wheel drive.

There you go 600 newton-metres of torque, first gear low range only just had to breathe on the throttle and the boats up and out and safe. Make sure you put your straps on your engine traveling block on any of those sorts of things, have another check at your winge post make sure everything's right before you hit the highway but that was a piece of cake to pull that out so some easy steps there just to be nice and efficient at the boat ramp.
One last thing we're in low range just go back into neutral back through that dial and you go back to two-wheel drive which is normal mode or back into four-wheel drive active which is an all-drive sort of mode if it was raining in a slippery road, you might want to do that.

All right, I'll catch you later.