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Old 07-08-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
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Launching Alone

What's the best way to launch a boat alone? I've got a 19' baystealth, and was thinking of fishing alone this weekend, but have always had help launching. How does one go about doing it alone?
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:01 PM   #2
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Back in as close to the dock as you can with the rope tied to your truck, back in just enough to retrieve the rope and pull the boat off and secure it to the dock. Getting it back on the trailer is the hard part, takes practice. Most folks at the ramp will help you.
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:14 PM   #3
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ye olde rope...secure on both ends...plenty of slack...straight back...controlled aggressiveness...don't forget the plug!
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:19 PM   #4
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Flag Takes a little practice, but it can't be done very quickly.

Tie a loose rope from the winch mount to the bow ring, the same one your trailer winch hooks to. The rope needs to be loose enough to allow the boat to float free of the trailer when you back the trailer in. Once you have backed in far enough for the boat to float free of the trailer, then you need to start the engine, untie the rope, and pull the boat over to a mooring area near the ramp.
Next, the vehicle needs parking. Then it off to a favorite spot. I usually try to arrive at the ramp very early or very late, in order not to be in everyone else's way. The last thing you want to do is get in such a hurry you make a critical mistake that ruins the day. Afterall it's just a fishing trip.
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:21 PM   #5
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I back in and unhook, then tie the bow line to a cleat or post or something on the dock. Then I back down, float it off and go park the trailer. If you're at a busy ramp float it off and move it out of the ramp. Then go park the truck
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:31 PM   #6
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I've done it many times. The most important thing that I can think of is to have a really long painter (bow rope).

A boat hook can also be helpful if the boat is drifting out of reach, but the long rope always allows you to pull the boat back to you.

I back up so that the trailer wheels are very near the water.... I thread the bow rope along side of the boat..towards the stern...and then back forward ... keeping it clear of my PVC trailer risers... On one set of risers, I put a piece of Velcro near the top..to hold the rope temporarily.

I then put a loop from the LONG bow rope around a cleat or post on the dock...Making this long serpentine loop is very important, otherwise, the rope will hang up on your trailer risers as you pull forward.

If neither a dock cleat nor dock pole is available, I slip the long rope's loop around the PVC posts on the back of my trailer ... I then release the bow hook and safety chain....back up...stop rather quickly...Boat slides off...

Occasionally, my vehicle tires run over the rope and I have to get out to clear it..but...not often.

Once the boat is off of the trailer...the long rope allows it to float..but.the rope holds it from drifting away. I get out and make sure that the long rope is not hung up. I pull the boat to the dock and secure it. I then drive the trailer up and park it.

If someone is around to help, they can lift the rope over your trailer risers...If not..the serpentine routing does the job. The serpentine rope routing is often the most problematical ...since there are numerous things that can hang up the rope.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:02 PM   #7
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what works for me

I've been using this process listed below for years and would like to note as others have before that it helps to have your trailer set up correctly.

I start by attaching the bow line to a forward cleat and a loop on the other end that is draped over the bow stop/winch post. This attached rope should be long enough to allow the bow of the boat to reach half way down the trailer, which is normally directly in front of the forward axle.

Another rope is attached to stern cleat and needs to be long enough to have about 5 feet extra rope available after being loosely looped over the same bow cleat that has other rope attached.

Now I back the boat into water until it starts to float off of the trailer, this is when I slowly pull the trailer up out of the ramp until the rope becomes tight.

Once the boat settles for a few seconds I allow the trailer to slide back into the water about 1-foot further to put some slack into the lead line. I now get the lead line loop off of the winch post and pull the boat slowly off of the trailer while walking down the dock parallel to the ramp.

When the boat clears the trailer side boards or PVC uprights at rear of trailer I pull the bow to the dock which will allow me to grab the stern line attached to the rear cleat. This is when it can get ugly on you launching in a high wind, current or wake area at launch if the boat gets sideways in the ramp after the stern gets away from you. By keeping both ropes tight and working the slack between both of them you can control the boat. It is best to secure the stern line first.

I've used this process solo and boats from 16-32', good luck and be careful at the dock.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:03 PM   #8
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I launch my boat by myself pretty often. I have a 20' rope that I tie to the bow cleat. Then tie the other end below my winch mount.

I also have bunk slicks on my trailer. I just back into the water, and hit the brakes hard, and the boat slides off. Grab the rope, pull it to the side, jump in and go tie it up out of the way.

Putting it back on the trailer is no problem. Just drive it on up to the keel stop. Reach over, put the hook on. Before you get in your vehicle, tighten down on the winch.

It helps if your trailer is set up right.
X2...same for me.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:08 PM   #9
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I launch all the time by myself.I tie the rope to the winch and push it off.And when I load it up I pull it back on enough to hook the belt winch and winch it the rest off the way.I can laod up and lauch pretty quick.Oh I got a 18' Hanyie.Man I try to hurry but If people get mad so be it do the best you can and they can wait.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:20 PM   #10
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Back boat/trailer down until boat starts to float. Climb over bow and start motor. Back boat off trailer and quickly tie to dock. Run over to truck/trailer and park it. Been doing it for years. If people become impatient waiting for you just wave and say "thanks for waiting." Whole process takes less than 3 minutes (unless motor is slow to start).
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