It’s time for fishing bluefin, so a boat trailer may be on your mind. I would like to introduce Alex Whitaker, the owner of ABTrailers. Alex became a licensed captain in November 1987, almost 32 years ago. Alex started his career working in a machine shop. Alex has also worked on boats all his life and has a passion for saltwater fishing. Walking into his office and seeing a set of heavy tuna outfits and jig sticks in the corner confirmed this guy is a true dedicated angler. Twenty years ago, Alex founded ABTrailer’s on three principles: build a best in its class aluminum trailer (MADE IN USA), provide a product with minimal trailer maintenance, and build exceptional customer relationships with anglers who are passionate about saltwater fishing.
The ABTrailers team are highly skilled craftsmen who enjoy building, fabricating, and manufacturing custom aluminum trailers to exact standards. In the front office, you will find an experienced staff to help each customer design a trailer to their specific style of fishing – whether you are trailing a 28’ sport fisher to San Diego to get in on the bluefin tuna bite, launching a Radon in Kona to target ono and ahi, or hauling a Parker down the Baja peninsula – ABTrailer will match your specific trailer, truck, and boat needs to your style of fishing.
ABTrailer sources only the finest US aircraft aluminum I-beam materials available. They offer their parts in aluminum and stainless steel to fight corrosion. When one of their stainless U-bolt suppliers shut down, ABTrailer developed their own stainless fabrication machine and department to upgrade from standard size galvanized U-bolts to custom stainless U-bolts to maximize the trailers life and provide a safe trailer experience no matter where your adventure takes you. Each trailer is designed to fit your specific boat hull along with specialized hull supports for load distribution, loading, and unloading performance.
As a manufacturer, ABTrailer deals directly with the end user so there are no sales commissions or middlemen. ABTrailers has chosen not to work with dealers and instead of commissions, they provide a better product to the customer. Along with customer satisfaction and their three-year warranty, ABTrailer is a perfect combination of quality at a reasonable price.
During the past ten years, this philosophy has caught the attention of anglers all over the world, especially in Hawaii, where both the commercial and charter boat fleet demand the best in a trailer. The humidity and salty environments cause havoc on galvanized trailers – rust, breakage, and corrosion, which is why aluminum and stainless trailers are popular in a saltwater environment. ABTrailer’s guarantees each of their custom aluminum trailers to be corrosion free and last a minimum of three times the life of a painted and/or galvanized trailer if not more.
There are many more factors that go into the design of a custom trailer. The ABTrailer team wants to know what truck you drive to maximize hauling performance. Depending on where you launch – from unincorporated launch ramps to launching on a beach, ABTrailers may custom build you a telescoping trailer tongue tongue for the different tides and the difficulties presented by crappy ramps to avoid getting your truck wet. Furthermore, ABTrailers also custom manufactures a trailer tongue that can be removed to prevent theft if the boat has to be left in a parking area that lacks security.
ABTrailers does not cut costs on materials. They offer Goodyear Radials and other made in the USA tires for top performance. After touring their plant in San Bernardino, CA – it’s obvious that ABTrailer is an ideal match for a customer who wants quality, fair price, minimal trailer maintenance, and exceptional customer service direct from the manufacturer. Although my 36’ Pacifica sits in a slip in Newport Harbor- after meeting Alex, his manufacturing team, and the experienced front office staff – if I had a need for a best in its class trailer – ABTrailer’s would be my first choice.
To learn more about the finest aluminum and stainless boat trailers on the West Coast – you can call their shop at (818) 780-1594 or Email : [email protected]
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