How To Properly Launch and Retrieve Your Boat!
Boat launching is quite simple when you do your homework and preparation ahead of time. Don’t make your life and the life of other boaters difficult by foregoing these steps ramp n clamp. Last thing you want to do is create a following of enemies for yourself at the lake!
Your prep work includes what you need to do before leaving home and what you need to do once you arrive at your launching site.
Before leaving home, make sure you have packed up all the necessary equipment you’ll need to make your launch a smooth one. Last thing you want is to arrive at your destination and be missing something, I would think!
Make sure you have all of your safety gear stowed away. Be sure that your bow and stern lines are secured but also easily accessible when you need them.
Once at your destination, inspect your vehicle and make sure no damage was done to your boat along the way and also inspect the launching ramp to make sure it’s suitable and safe for your vehicle.
When you’re ready to go ahead and launch, load up any equipment and personal items in the boat. Proceed to make sure to properly attach your bow and stern lines, and then remove the stern tie downs that secure the boat to the trailer.
Slowly make your to the launching ramp, bearing in mind that your boat is only attached at the bow.
Once you’ve back your boat into the water as far as your trailer can go without entering the water. Unhook the bow from the winch.
Two options lie ahead of you at this point. If your boat has a motor, and assuming you have two people, one person should be in the boat while the other watches and guides. If you are alone, jump in the boat and back the boat off at a steady pace.
After successfully launching your boat, park your vehicle and be courteous to other boaters.
You’re having fun boating, but it’s time to go! Retrieving your boat is essentially the exact opposite of launching. Unload all belongings, slowly direct the boat towards your trailer, winch the boat and then secure the boat to the trailer.