Yeah! Lets clear something up hear. Drive on trailer DOES NOT MEAN DRIVE ON @ 10 MPH!! I drive up to my trailer and stop, then drop it in gear and drive on at 1 mph, because I care and love my boat. I have seen friends (none on here) owners drive on at 6-10 mph. The trailer cant take that much abuse over a 5-10 yr period. And it hurts me to watch people tear up there own equipment. I cry a lil inside. Drive off no problem. Good thread!!
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Thread: Drive on/off or Float on/off??
04-16-2012, 12:54 PM #3189' Comp Resto:
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04-16-2012, 01:35 PM #32
As the wife is still not comfortable driving the boat or trailer it's float on/off for me. She stands on dock with the rear dock line and i hang the front one off the board rack so she can reach it... it's working out for now. Maybe things will change with some practice and increased comfort.2004 Moomba XLV Gravity Games Edition
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04-16-2012, 01:44 PM #33David
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04-16-2012, 02:37 PM #34
When unloading we back in so half of the fenders are covered. start the boat up, check and make sure everything is good to go. Unhook the winch strap, put the boat in reverse but only at idle speed and let the truck roll back a couple feet then hit the brakes so it slides off real smooth. The ramp we mostly use is quite steep so when loading we have to be careful not to back the trailer in too far or the bow will go under the bow roller. From there we use as much throttle as needed to get the boat up all the way. Usually it is not much more than idle speed. When we use the boat launch at the lake instead of the river there is a sand/gravelbar like you describe from people power loading. At the river the ramp just cuts off and is about a 3 foot drop off of solid concrete so power loading isn't much of an issue as far as creating a sandbar.-2012 Supra 21v
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04-16-2012, 03:34 PM #35
I guess I wasn't clear on what float on or off meant. I voted that I float on/off, but here is what I do....
Unloading the boat- Push it almost off the trailer and my wife cranks it up to make sure it starts with part of the nose still inbetween the guide poles and after it cranks she straightens things up and waits for me to park, then comes and gets me from the dock.
Loading the boat, wife gives it just enough throttle to make sure it is floating in between the two trailer guides and cuts it off as soon as the nose gets to the end of the trailer. She has mastered this so that 90% of the time the nose stops within 1 foot of the wench give or take. The times it has came in to fast, luckily she has my strong arm and back muscles to slow things down and show the on lookers that I am still the man. When we need to get in quick, I simply jump in the water, lift the LSV on my back and walk up the ramp like a BOSS.-Mark
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04-16-2012, 04:06 PM #36Senior Member
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I am kind of the same process as Mike. It really depends on the ramp and how I load and unload. more or less I get lined up and give it a bit of power then when i stop depending on the spot i will give it a little more power or just crank.2008 Outback V
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04-17-2012, 03:50 AM #37
Some really different approaches to loading and unloading our Toys. It seems those of us that do use Drive on and off only use a small amount of throttle anyway. I think I just need to go back another foot to get the back end floating to allow mine to back off easier.
The ramps I use are all concrete so no dramas with the power loading. It gets a bit tricky on one of my ramps here, cross wind and cross tide. Bit of a knack doing that one, slow and steady wins the race for sure.
Which reminds of a quote I heard recently, " Go only as fast as you want to crash"!!
We have some real Numpties over here when it comes to boat ramp etiquette. Some people just don't give a rats when it comes to loading unloading. The ones who use 2 lanes for a little tinny drive me insane as well as the ones who hog the jetty whilst waiting for all their family to turn up, I politely tell them to move so everyone can get in and out. Mostly comes down to common sense and courtesy.
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04-17-2012, 10:09 AM #38
Man if you guys boated on the river that I am on you would "powerload" everytime. I want to see anybody float their boat on with a 5-6 mph cross current. Its not happening I have tried.-Mark
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