Invented by an Abalone Diver
Boatcatch was invented by Greg Staples, a well-known commercial abalone diver and former mechanical engineer. He needed a device which would allow for the safe, fast, drive-off/drive on launch and retrieval of his three tonne abalone boat all by himself. Utilising 30 years of industry experience, he set about solving this problem.
Convenience and speed was important as he had to launch and retrieve his boat hundreds of times each year all by himself, in all sorts of severe conditions ranging from surf beaches to tidal ramps.
“Before Boatcatch, people had to launch and retrieve just as it was done over 50 years ago”, says Greg. “Boatcatch modernizes this task and allows your boat to be taken off or locked on in seconds. No one needs to stand on a slippery boat ramp or risk having a hand or finger jammed as the boat moves on the trailer”.
As they say, the rest is history, and Boatcatch was born. Now Boatcatch is used all over the world inspiring a cult following amongst boat owners in ‘the know’.
Gallery of Boatcatch fit-ups
If you would like to view a collection of photographs that show Boatcatch installed on numerous types of trailer and boat type set ups just visit the gallery page
Fitting the Boatcatch
Most handymen who own a drill and some basic spanners can fit the Boatcatch. The device is clamped simply and directly to the trailer bow post with ‘u’ bolts and nuts. The most technical job is cutting the metal universal mounting kit ‘tube’ to length with a hand saw or similar tool.
One or two people can be used to launch and retrieve with a Boatcatch. The two person method chosen by most operators is where you have an operator for the boat and a driver the car and trailer. When well practiced this makes for a speedy ramp work.
Everything you need
Boatcatch comes with a universal mounting bracket, U-bolts, washers, nuts, pull cord, bow eye and spacer to suit most boats as well as a very comprehensive and clear instruction manual to help you install it yourself.
Fits almost any boat & trailer
Whether you’ve got a small ‘alloy’ boat, a large fiberglass boat or even a cat, you can cut the supplied mounting arm and position the Boatcatch to suit just about any boat and trailer combination!
Position the trailer in the water and when ready, drive your boat in. The Boatcatch has a heavy duty pin that locates inside the eye automatically when retrieving and secures the boat upon the trailer. It’s incredibly strong so you can easily drive your vehicle to the parking lot before having to secure the winch cable.
The revolutionary launch and retrieval system
Boatcatch™ was invented and designed by Australian abalone diver Greg Staples who wanted to get his boat into and out of the water faster, safer and hassle free.
Made of 100% marine grade stainless steel(316). This is an incredibly strong and robust product that comes with a lifetime warranty. With only three moving parts, it requires little maintenance and being highly polished, Boatcatch is a very attractive accessory to any traller boat.
Different trailer sizes
The device comes in two sizes of the same design. The small size may be fitted to all aluminium boats under 6 metres long, and light duty fibreglass boats under 6 metres. The large unit will accommodate a vessel as small as 6 metres and a boat of any length and having a maximum weight of 8 tonne.
Boatcatch won’t break
The device comes in two sizes of the same design. The small size may be fitted to boats under 6 meters (20ft)long. The large unit will accommodate a boat 6 metres (20ft) or over in length, but having a maximum weight of 8 tonne (16,000lb). Note, if your boat is between 5 and 8 tonne (10,000 and 16,000lb) please contact the manufacturer about suitable/heavy mounting brackets
Once fitted it’s ready to use. When about to launch, you simply prepare by releasing the winch cable from your boat in the parking lot. Afterwhich, reverse the trailer into the water. Boatcatch allows you to move around until you choose to remotely pull the release leaver and calmly motor off.