got a good first mate here, she will back the boat off the trailer, or park the truck-as long as its a easy simple parking job. she drives the boat onto the trailer 99% of the time and makes it look pretty easy--plays bumper boat with the quide poles sometimes but overall does a damm good job. Gotta get to training my daughter to she can help out too.
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Thread: Boat Launch idiots!!
08-27-2013, 05:01 PM #31Hey, Its Moomba time
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08-27-2013, 09:07 PM #32
08-27-2013, 11:52 PM #33
08-28-2013, 11:55 AM #34
Few weeks ago on our last camp trip I let my 10yr old drive it on. Was a straight shot, calm water, but a narrow single lane between the dock and rocky beach. He powered it on like a stud, even had him goose it a few times to get the nose up tight to the front roller. Drove it like a boss! I guess he really has been watching quite a bit and picking up all dad's advice and tips. My 20yr old daughter and her BF sitting in the back were shocked that I'd let him and even more shocked how good he was.
Not sure I'd want him doing it in a crowd or wind/current yet but I'm sure that day is not far off when he'll step right up. Dad is going to make sure he's never "that guy" at the launch.Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway.
08-28-2013, 12:15 PM #35
My son has been putting the boat on since we got it and does a great job. I can probably handle the boat better in close quarters, but he is a champ at loading/unloading.
09-02-2013, 09:50 PM #36Senior Member
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- Greenville, SC
Boat Launch idiots!!
Well as of yesterday I just may have joined the list of boat ramp idiots myself. Out on the water rushing to get the boat on the trailer as a storm was rolling in. Backed my truck into the water as usual, except that I could see my wife having trouble managing the boat because the wind picked up. So not really thinking about anything but my boat slamming against the dock I rush around the side of the truck to hop up on the dock and both feet come out from under me on the slippery concrete. I slammed the side of my head on the dock and it was lights out. Ended our weekend early and now home with a concussion.
09-02-2013, 10:03 PM #37
09-02-2013, 10:31 PM #38
Whoa, what a bummer, hope everything is ok.head injuries are nothing to mess with. Bet you wife was not worried about the boat at that moment.
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09-03-2013, 03:44 AM #39
Sunday evening being a holiday weekend was actually very uneventful at the docks. I happened to go to a beach that I hadn't been to for a few years and ran across many people that I knew and some with different boats.
We all came back at dark and if there was anybody at the launch to watch a fiasco they would have been very disappointed. There were six boats and all four launches were in operation with vehicles pulling in as others were moving out. Very little talk at the launch and all six boats on their trailers in less than 10 minutes. It did get a little crowded top side as we wiped our boats down but that is a good thing.
Most of those people go out almost every evening and I was just trying to put some hours on the boat as my knee surgery has kept me from skiing and away from the water.1998 Mobius
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