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Old 07-10-2010, 10:18 AM   #21
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I launch alone all the time. Just back the trailer in the water just enough to float the boat and not have it slide off the trailer, then climb in the boat from the bow and use the power of the motor to get the boat off. Then I just tie the boat to the dock and park the trailer. Same for loading, tie the boat up and back down the trailer so 2/3's of the bunks are covered in water, then just drive the boat on the trailer until you feel it hit the bow stop.

It takes a few tries to figure out the point to stop your trailer and of course the angle of the ramp can play as a variable, but once you figure it out it is much easier than using the ropes.

Note: If you have a roller trailer then I doubt this technique will work. Whatever you do, with a roller trailer, never undo the winch strap before the boat is in the water!!
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:28 AM   #22
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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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Old 07-10-2010, 12:12 PM   #23
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Lots of nice people usually at ramps anyway, I always offer to bump em off. At 2 am last night, a younger kid asked me if I needed help puttin it on, I said yeah, I need it a little more in the water. He olbliged and walked to his truck. A nice thank you on the way out goes a long way. Same with a launch, how hard is it to say could you please hold the rope?
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:02 AM   #24
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Bump for new boaters.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:06 AM   #25
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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).
X2!!!! Ive been doing this myself for a long time and its easy as 1, 2, 3.. The must important thing to do is be confident and think out the procedure before you back into ramp( to help save time).. for you and others. Always make sure you got the plug(s) in.... And secondly, when you back up keep in mind how far you have to bring the trailer in the water. Always remember roughly how far its got to be in the water to make your launch and retrieve that much faster. DON'T FORGET THE PARKING BRAKE!!! LOL. In my boat I have a rope already tied to front and back cleat depends on wich side you going to tie off dock( look before launching.) Once you get the pattern down you should do it fairly easy. You will surprise yourself to how easy it really is. Get after it man!!! After all, you can never rely on other people to make your life easier! Good luck!
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:55 AM   #26
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It sounds as though you have gotten some great advice for launching solo.....here is some for your day of fishing....ALWAYS wear both your pfd and your kill switch when fishing/running your boat alone! Always have TWO ways of contacting help. This means BOTH a cell phone and a vhf radio. Most importantly make sure somone knows when you start and finish fishing in case something goes wrong (float plan).....these seem insginificant but could mean the difference between a great day or a misearable day.....
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:55 AM   #27
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Lots of nice people usually at ramps anyway, I always offer to bump em off. At 2 am last night, a younger kid asked me if I needed help puttin it on, I said yeah, I need it a little more in the water. He olbliged and walked to his truck. A nice thank you on the way out goes a long way. Same with a launch, how hard is it to say could you please hold the rope?

Beat me to it
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:01 AM   #28
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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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This is how I have been doing it. Just do the normal preparations before you get to the ramp so that you don't get in a rush. Other boaters understand you are by yourself and need a little more time. I think I can do this by myself faster than some can do with a crew of three.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:52 AM   #29
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I launch and retrieve by myself all the time. I back down till boat is in water enough to come off ramp. get out of truck walk down the trailer unhook the boat from the trailer then climb in on the bow. Back the boat off the trailer and dock it then get the truck off the ramp and park it.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:00 AM   #30
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I let a foot or two of line off the winch, then back down till the boat floats,get in,start motor,unhook, then move to the side.
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