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Benefits

Launching and retrieving your boat can be a hassle and very stressful. To make your day on the water more relaxed and enjoyable we developed the Automatic Boat Loader and not just to make your life easier…

Standard Launching


Yesterday’s Boating Experience


Stressful Workout


Winching


Difficult to do Solo


Dangerous Powerloading


Unhappy Partner = Less Boating

Balex® Automatic Boat Loader

Tomorrow’s Stress Free Adventure


Relaxed at the Push of a Button

No Winching 


Solo Launch Made Easy

No Powerloading

Happy Partner = More Boating

ABL2500 Technical Specifications

With enough torque to pull up to 2.5 ton, the patented technology uses a powerful hydraulic system to load your boat quickly and safely on and off the trailer in a controlled manner

Performance
 

Retrieval Time
25 to 45 seconds
(subject to boat weight, length and slope)

Boat Hull Materials
Aluminium (Alloy)  and Fibreglass (GRP)
Trailer Configuration
Rollers & Skid
Boat Ramp & Beach Launch
Wireless Remote Control

HYDRA4 Adaptive
Drive System

Hydra4 Adaptive Drive 
Four axes of movement designed to adapt to the hull of your boat      Surface Traction
Ultra-Grip Drive Belts, 100mm Wide Compliant Track
Enclosure
Marine Grade
Install
New Trailer or Retrofit option available

Power
System

Hydra4 Power Unit Includes
the high output 1600W Bosch Rexroth Hydraulic Powerpack, marine grade encloures and wireless control interface
Total System Installed
71kg (157lb)

Installation

The ABL2500 can be fitted to your new or existing boat trailer.
The Drive System fixes to the trailer frame – placement depending on the geometry of your hull.
The Power Unit fixes to the winch end of your trailer in a protective enclosure.
If you would like us to arrange a more detailed quote; please complete the attached boat measurement form.

Who We Are


From grassroots beginnings, like all great inventions, the idea for the Balex system spawned from a real life problem... inventor Lex Bacon's observations and frustrations with launching and retrieving boats. It’s difficult, often dangerous and always stressful!

After multiple iterations and lots of great support from the marine and startup industry, the Balex Automatic Boat Loader 2500 was launched in 2014 to an overwhelming response, with Hutchwilco Boatshow Awards and industry accolades.

In 2016, two Kiwi entrepreneurs and old university friends, Dan and Reon got involved with Balex and helped expand and streamline the supply chain. As keen fishermen and divers they saw great potential in the product, so in 2017 they took over management of the company. Building on Balex’s mission to make boating more accessible for everyone, the team is driven to develop products to help everyone spend more time out on the water enjoying boating.

FAQ

The friendly and knowledgeable Balex team are happy to help you with all your questions around the Automatic Boat Loader. If you can’t find your question below, please send us an email in the contact box below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope you will enjoy your new stress free boating experience – where launching and retrieving goes hands free!

General

How does the Balex-ABL work?

The Balex-ABL is a hydraulic driven system that enables a person to launch and retrieve their trailer boat using a remote control.

Do I still have / need a winch on my trailer?

Yes, it’s just like a spare tyre or a tie down device to hold the bow of the boat when travelling.

Is it safe?

The Balex-ABL eliminates the need to clamber down slippery boat ramps to hook or unhook your boat, improving safety and enjoyment. It allows a controlled launch and retrieval of your boat.

Where do I get it serviced?

Servicing annually must be done by an authorized Balex-Marine Dealer. You can easily do it together with your annual boat service.

What does the Balex-ABL weigh?

The total installed system weighs 71kg / 157lb

Does the Balex-ABL upset the balance of the trailer?

No. The drive units at the rear of the trailer balance the power unit and battery at the front of the trailer.

How does the Balex-ABL fit onto my trailer?

The drive units are attached to the rear of the trailer, the HYDRA4 power unit and battery enclosure are mounted to the winch post. The hydraulic hoses run along or internally through the chassis.

Do I have to alter my trailer?

Standard trailers don’t usually have to be altered, your authorized Balex-Marine Dealer will advise. Or you can contact our team directly on 0800 225 3962 or sales@balexmarine.com.

Is it easy to use?

The Balex-ABL is designed to be safe and easy. You don’t need strength to operate the ABL, it is simple and intuitive to use and will speed up the launch and retrieval process in a smooth and controlled manner by remote control.

I am going to sell my boat, can I get a Balex-ABL fitted now and then fit it to my new boat trailer when I get one?

Yes, you can uninstall the Balex-ABL and re-fit to a new trailer. You may need to check if the hoses are the same length for the new trailer.

Is it a New Zealand product?

Yes, the Balex-ABL was invented and designed in New Zealand.

Will the Balex-ABL lose traction on very steep ramps?

Excessive slopes will lead to a loss of traction. The average NZ boat ramp is 7.5 degrees and our unit is recommended for up to 9 degree’s (and validated to 11 degree’s). The ramp in question is 13 to 17 degrees.

For some guidance on ramps see – http://marine.marsh- design.com/content/proper-dimensions-boat-launch-ramp . A slope of 12% to 15% (7° to 8.5°) is ideal. On a ramp shallower than 12%, a typical car will have its rear axle in the water by the time the boat is in far enough to be pushed free. Any steeper than 15% and people are likely to slip and fall, plus it’s hard for front wheel-drive vehicles to get enough traction on steep, wet slopes.

The Australian Standard recommends the grade for boat ramps to be between 1:7 and 1:9, with 1:8 preferred (6.3° to 8°).

Launching

How do I learn to use it?

Your authorized Balex-Marine Dealer  will demonstrate how to use the Balex-ABL after purchase. You can also read the user manual and watch our videos online.

How far into the water or down the ramp will I need to back the trailer?

About the same depth as you normally launch and retrieve although you only need water half way covering the Balex-ABL drive unit. We find that 1/2 to 3/4 of the ABL ultra grip belts need to be under the water for most launching and retrieving situations.

At what stage do I push the launch and retrieve remote buttons?

For the launch – when you are ready and at the right place and depth. 

Launch Video

For the retrieve – either just before or when the hull engages with the ABL.

Retrieve Video

Will the Balex-ABL stop my boat from rushing off the trailer?

Yes, the Balex-ABL offers a controlled launch. Depending on the size of your boat it will take about 20 seconds to launch. You can stop / start at any stage using the remote control.

Will the Balex-ABL assist with launching in shallow waters?

Yes, the Balex-ABL will assist, but you will still need to be deep enough to launch and float the boat.

I have heard that power loading in New Zealand is either banned or soon will be?

There are already a lot of countries and councils that ban power loading, some even have large fines – the Balex-ABL will stop you from having to power load.

Will the Balex-ABL help to get the winch hook and safety chain off the bow eye more easily?

The Balex-ABL will help with this. When you are at the water’s edge about to launch, you push the remote “retrieve” button momentarily and the weight will come off  the chain and winch hook to allow you to unlatch them. The boat will stay there until you push the launch button.

How many tie downs do I take off the trailer before backing down the ramp?

All except for the winch hook and safety chain which should be attached to the boat.  Remove these once you are at the water depth you require for launching.

At what point will I unhook my boat?

Unhook the winch hook and/or safety chain only when the boat and trailer are at the correct depth and you are ready to launch.

Retrieving

At our ramp there is always a current and wind, how will the Balex-ABL cope with this?

The Balex-ABL will assist greatly with this process.  Wind can upset the loading on any trailer but it is easy with the Balex-ABL to back off the boat a little and bring it back on again.

Will the Balex-ABL help to get the boat on to the trailer straight?

The biggest single reason that boats go on their trailer off to one side or lopsided is the need to “balance the boat” prior to loading. The boat is always lopsided / heavier to the helm side, so before you load the boat, shift the fish box, your gear or fuel cans to the other side which will help balance it. You could even leave one passenger on board to balance it.  Driving slowly onto the ABL whilst pressing the retrieve button, will also assist in straight loading.

What happens when I am on a really steep ramp and the Balex-ABL will stop short of the V-block. Can I attach the winch hook to help assist the Balex-ABL for a full retrieve?

Yes, the combined used of the winch and the Balex-ABL will fully retrieve your boat.

Also please click here to read more information regarding Loss of Traction issues and solutions.

Will the boat slide backwards off the trailer if I stop halfway through unloading or loading?

Although you shouldn’t rely on it, the Balex-ABL is engineered not to slide off the trailer when operating it on boat ramps up to 9 degrees. Your authorized Balex-Marine Dealer will fit the Balex-ABL to ensure the product works correctly.

When do I need to re-hook my safety chain?

When the retrieve is completed and the boat is at the winch post, immediately connect the winch hook and safety chain, before driving up the ramp.

I have heard that power loading in New Zealand is either banned or soon will be?

There are already a lot of countries and councils that ban power loading, some even have large fines – the Balex-ABL will stop you from having to power load.

Batteries

How many loads and unloads will I get before I need to charge the Balex-ABL battery?

Approximately 5-10, depending on battery condition and size of the boat, ramp angle, etc. However that is not the best way to treat the battery so you should charge it at the end of the use period.

What happens if the main battery or the Balex-ABL fails for some reason at the ramp, can I still winch it on the trailer?

Yes, put the trailer into the water deeper than you normally would and the boat will float over the Balex-ABL Ultra Grip Belts.

How long do the remote batteries last?

Generally 12 months, depending on frequency of use. If it fails, then the Balex-ABL power pack has manual launch and retrieve on the dashboard.

Is the Balex-ABL battery box water resistant for when it rains while I am driving?

Yes, they are.

Note: water resistant means that the item will survive a splash of water but not any form of prolonged exposure. 

Do I have to have another battery or can I run it off my car battery?

Your authorised Balex Marine Dealer has car kit options for you. These need to be installed by your Marine Dealer or an Auto electrician.

How do I know if the Balex-ABL battery is charged?

Remembering when you last charged it and by checking the battery condition LEDs on the dashboard. It should show a green light for fully charged.

What voltage is it?

12 Volt for the Balex-ABL 2500 model.

How long does it take to unload and load?

Depending on the size of your boat and ramp angle, typically 25-45 seconds.

Is it the same sort of battery as my boat / truck / car?

Yes, it is. However, Wwe have a specified battery for best Balex-ABL performance. 

Can I use my regular car / truck 12 volt mains battery charger for charging the ABL?

Yes, you can. However, chargers have changed and modern chargers now have extra benefits for battery life. We would advise talking to your installer about this. 

Could I use my car / truck jumper leads in an emergency if the Balex-ABL had no charge?

Yes, but you need to take care of polarity and correct voltage.

Remotes

What happens if the remote controller battery goes flat?

Use the manual buttons on the power unit dashboard.

How many remotes come standard with the Balex-ABL?

Two remotes, plus the manual buttons located on the dashboard control on the power unit box.

Maintenance & Services

How long is the warranty?

A 3-year limited warranty is provided on all new Balex-ABL 2500 installations.

 

I use my boat in sea water, will I need to wash the Balex-ABL?

Yes, just like you wash your trailer, with fresh water.

Will the Balex-ABL rust or corrode?

While the ocean is a very corrosive environment, washing the Balex-ABL with fresh water after every use along with an annual service by an authorized Balex-Marine Dealer  will assist in corrosion prevention. We recommend using Prolan HD or Corrosion X HD on any metal components BUT take care to avoid getting any on the ultra-grip belts.

I use my boat in sub / extreme temperatures, will the Balex-ABL still work?

Yes, your authorized Balex-Marine Dealer will provide you with the correct hydraulic fluid at installation.

Does the Balex-ABL need servicing?

Yes, annually at your authorized Balex Marine Dealer – together with your annual boat service.

Do I need to use any form of lubricant / anti corrosion sprays on the Balex-ABL for general maintenance?

We recommend using Prolan HD or Corrosion X HD on any metal components BUT take care to avoid getting any on the ultra-grip belts!

Waterproofing & Ratings

Are the remote controllers water resistant?

Yes, they are.

Note: water resistant means that the item will survive a splash of water but not any form of prolonged exposure. 

Is the Balex-ABL power pack box water resistant if I get a wave or spalshes over it when I am at the ramp or beach launching?

Yes, it is

Note: water resistant means that the item will survive a splash of water but not any form of prolonged exposure. 

Is the Balex-ABL suitable for beach launch and retrieving?

If you are doing regular beach launching, it is recommended that the power unit box is mounted higher on the winch post. Please advise your authorized Balex-Marine Dealer at time of enquiry. 

What do I do if I suspect water is in the Power Unit or battery box?

Remove the lid, take the water out and leave the lid open to dry it out.

Service & Spare Parts

Does the Balex-ABL need servicing?

Yes, annual servicing is recommended by an authorised Balex-Marine Dealer You can do it together with your boat service.

Do I need to grease the unit each time I use it, or is there anything specific I need to do to maintain the product?

Make sure the battery is charged before use and all nuts and bolts are tight.

Washing the Balex-ABL with fresh water after every use along with an annual service by an authorized Balex-Marine Dealer  will assist in corrosion prevention. We recommend using Prolan HD or Corrosion X HD on any metal components BUT take care to avoid getting any on the ultra-grip belts.