New boaters’ guide to backing down the ramp

Boat ramp gone badSuccessfully launching your boat depends on being able to back it down a launch ramp. Ramps are a huge frustration to those who have difficultly backing up a trailer. It is even more true for the next guy in line watching the attempts. Smooth operation of a launch ramp depends on the ability of users and adequate preparation before nearing the ramp. Rushing at the launch intensifies as the number of boats in line increases. Users get in a hurry. The drain plugs are not put in, the boat rolls off the trailer or a hitch comes loose causing the whole works to go down the ramp and into the drink.

Here’s a few tips to help those who have trouble with the trailer or are new to trailer boating.

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Posted on: August 12th, 2010 at 6:00 am

How to load your boat on the trailer efficiently

Loading your boatOne of my favorite pastimes is going to the lake and just watch people load and unload their boats. From backing them down to driving the boat on the trailer to driving back up the ramp. When I was learning my dad told me that to take the boat out without him I had to learn the 15 on / 15 off plan. He said that it should only take 15 minutes to back down the ramp and launch the. Then only 15 minutes to load it. Looking back now that was a little outrageous to hurry that much. But I have watched people take over 30 minutes just to load and center a boat on a trailer, having to back into the water several times.

Here is a quick list of great tips to load a boat efficiently:

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Posted on: July 26th, 2010 at 6:19 am