Bailey Boutries’ Must-Have Tools for a Fishing Road Trip
If you spend enough time on the road towing a boat and trailer, you’re inevitably going to have a flat tire or some other misadventure. It’s simply going to happen at some point. But if you’re prepared and equipped, such a happening can be a small annoyance and short delay rather than an all-day ordeal.
Quicksilver pro bass angler Bailey Boutries of Springfield, Missouri, tows his Ranger® bass boat with 250hp Yamaha® VMAX® HPDI® engine all across the country fishing Bassmaster and Major League Fishing tournaments, so he knows what it takes to prepare for and prevent problems on the road. In this short Quicksilver Video Blog, he shows a few of the items he always carries in his truck.
Boutries’ must-have tools, include:
- Four-way lug wrench: Make sure you get one that fits your boat trailer and your tow vehicle. A good four-way is vastly superior in terms of speed and ease of use to the traditional L-shaped wrench that comes with most vehicles.
- Jack: You’ll need one that’s suitable for changing a trailer tire, and that usually means a scissor-type jack that collapses down to just a few inches tall to fit under low-slung trailer axles.
- Air pump: A portable 12-volt air pump that runs off your tow vehicle’s auxiliary power outlet will allow you to pump up a slow-leaking tire long enough to get to a suitable rest area or service station.
- Tire plug kit: A simple, inexpensive tire plug kit will let you fix small punctures – such as from a nail or screw – in just a few minutes.
- Quickare Fuel Treatment: Use a quality fuel additive that’s made for the marine environment every time you fill up your boat. This will help guard against the harmful effects of ethanol-blended fuel and keep your fuel fresher longer.
- Quicksilver Marine Oil: Without oil, your boat’s not going anywhere. If, like Boutries, you run a two-stroke engine, make sure you have plenty of Quicksilver 2-Stroke Marine Engine Oil along for your trip. Don’t just leave it in your tow vehicle, either. Keeping an extra gallon in your boat can help you or another boater out of a jam on the water. It’s not a bad idea to carry extra oil for a four-stroke engine, too, so you can add some if your engine is low on oil. Plus, if you travel frequently and do your own maintenance, most modern four-stroke outboards are easy enough to service that a basic oil change can be done at a campsite or hotel parking lot. There’s no need to be late on regularly scheduled maintenance just because you’re on the road.
- Safety traffic cone: A simple, inexpensive high-visibility traffic cone will come in handy way more than you’d think. Positioned behind your outboard it will help keep people and vehicles from running into your propeller in the parking lot. It can also help keep you safe while you change a tire or do other minor repairs on the side of the road.
Your road kit may be different than this one, depending on your rig and application, but if you carry all these items you’ll be well on your way to a good, solid kit. For more information or to start building your own kit, visit an authorized Quicksilver dealer.