- Clip a long dock line to the bow eye of the boat.
- Thread the dock line through a 2-by-3⁄8-inch pulley.
- Fix a short dock line to the pulley and girth-hitch to the trailer axle.
- Tie a bowline knot on the end of the dock line, 2 feet above the pulley.
- Pull off the winch line to reach the loop and clip it through.
- Crank the winch to pull the boat backward, off the trailer.
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