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#1324259 - 05/11/09 10:47 PM Boat Launching
lawdog
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What is the easiest way to launch a boat off of the trailer when you are fishing by yourself? Thanks.
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#1324293 - 05/11/09 11:18 PM Re: Boat Launching [Re: lawdog]
smstone22
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I tie a rope to my trailer and then to the boat. Launch and VERY SLOWLY ease truck forward. Get out and gently pull boat up to dock or bank, then go park truck , get in boat and fish.
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#1324319 - 05/11/09 11:56 PM Re: Boat Launching [Re: smstone22]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: steven stone
I tie a rope to my trailer and then to the boat. Launch and VERY SLOWLY ease truck forward. Get out and gently pull boat up to dock or bank, then go park truck , get in boat and fish.


make sure you have a good rope. it's a baaaaddd feeling when the rope breaks. ;\)
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#1324389 - 05/12/09 06:57 AM Re: Boat Launching [Re: stik]
JCDEERMAN
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 Originally Posted By: stik
 Originally Posted By: steven stone
I tie a rope to my trailer and then to the boat. Launch and VERY SLOWLY ease truck forward. Get out and gently pull boat up to dock or bank, then go park truck , get in boat and fish.


make sure you have a good rope. it's a baaaaddd feeling when the rope breaks. ;\)


It's also a bad feeling when you dont pull the boat up far enough on the bank and your boat is out on the main channel next time you see it
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#1324513 - 05/12/09 08:38 AM Re: Boat Launching [Re: lawdog]
Baxter83
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I always leave the strap hooked in the front and let enough slack out of it so it floats just off the bow stop when I back in. When I get it backed in I just put on the parking brake and climb in my boat from the tongue of the trailer, unhook the bow strap and either push the boat off and troll to the dock or start the motor and idle to it. Tie the boat off, then go park the truck. I do it about every weekend.
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#1324541 - 05/12/09 09:02 AM Re: Boat Launching [Re: smstone22]
TN Larry
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 Originally Posted By: steven stone
I tie a rope to my trailer and then to the boat. Launch and VERY SLOWLY ease truck forward. Get out and gently pull boat up to dock or bank, then go park truck , get in boat and fish.


Same here.
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#1324637 - 05/12/09 10:35 AM Re: Boat Launching [Re: TN Larry]
8up
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With a lot of the ramps I put in at the boat won't float off until after my trucks rear tires are in the water. So I drop my tailgate and tie my rope to a tie down hook in the bed of the truck. Then back up until the boat floats off and slowly pull forward until my boat is close to the ramp. then go back and tie it off somewhere until I get back.
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#1324646 - 05/12/09 10:45 AM Re: Boat Launching [Re: 8up]
Baxter83
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 Originally Posted By: 8up
With a lot of the ramps I put in at the boat won't float off until after my trucks rear tires are in the water. So I drop my tailgate and tie my rope to a tie down hook in the bed of the truck. Then back up until the boat floats off and slowly pull forward until my boat is close to the ramp. then go back and tie it off somewhere until I get back.


AAHHHHH! You can't use my method if this is the case. All the ramps that I use I don't have to back down that far. Sorry

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#1325687 - 05/13/09 08:14 AM Re: Boat Launching [Re: Baxter83]
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 Originally Posted By: Baxter83
I always leave the strap hooked in the front and let enough slack out of it so it floats just off the bow stop when I back in. When I get it backed in I just put on the parking brake and climb in my boat from the tongue of the trailer, unhook the bow strap and either push the boat off and troll to the dock or start the motor and idle to it. Tie the boat off, then go park the truck. I do it about every weekend.
Same for me.
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#1325772 - 05/13/09 08:58 AM Re: Boat Launching [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: steven stone
I tie a rope to my trailer and then to the boat. Launch and VERY SLOWLY ease truck forward. Get out and gently pull boat up to dock or bank, then go park truck , get in boat and fish.
that way
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#1325838 - 05/13/09 09:41 AM Re: Boat Launching [Re: Baxter83]
katfish1976
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Best way hands down. I see so many people with ropes it drives me crazy. It takes too long and at a busy ramp tempers flare.
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#1326159 - 05/13/09 02:02 PM Re: Boat Launching [Re: Football Hunter]
garry
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i got roller bunks on my trailer. loading and unloading alone is a breeze.i barely have to get my trailer wet.i just back up far enough so i dont get my feet wet, unhook it and give it a push.
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#1326193 - 05/13/09 02:44 PM Re: Boat Launching [Re: Baxter83]
OldHunter
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Registered: 07/01/07
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 Originally Posted By: Baxter83
I always leave the strap hooked in the front and let enough slack out of it so it floats just off the bow stop when I back in. When I get it backed in I just put on the parking brake and climb in my boat from the tongue of the trailer, unhook the bow strap and either push the boat off and troll to the dock or start the motor and idle to it. Tie the boat off, then go park the truck. I do it about every weekend.

This is what I do as well with my heavy boat however the rope works great with my little jonboat.

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