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Old 08-05-2013, 09:11 PM   #11
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Darn - thought I had a trailer under this thing. Didn't pull very well without one!
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:26 AM   #12
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Darn - thought I had a trailer under this thing. Didn't pull very well without one!
This is why you buy diesel... Trailer / No trailer...tows about the same.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:48 AM   #13
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I live near the entrance to a marina, you would be shocked at the woefully inadequate tow vehicles I see on the road everyday.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:51 AM   #14
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Yep. Gotta love the boat launch. Great entertainment. Especially in the evening when all the drunken boaters start to pull thier boats out!
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:00 AM   #15
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This thread will get to about 20 pages if we start telling boat launch stories, so let me start!

Several years ago on the Ohio river we were getting reading to put in and just waiting our turn. There was a 2 lane ramp, very long (as the river will rise and fall quite bit seasonally) and a guy loading his bass boat in the right lane. A mini-van pulling about a 20 ft bow rider with 6-7 people in the boat pulls up (after driving down the highway like that) and immediately starts to back down the left lane. From the water I could see this was going to be a problem. He was backing fairly fast and about half way down he locks the front brakes and starts sliding. I figure he slid about 50 yards, accelerating the whole way. The guy loading the bass boat jumped off the back and started swimming away, everyone around ran for it. The boat hit the water at about 20mph and sent everyone inside flying, fortunately they all landed in the water.

No one was seriously hurt, that we know of. Boat, trailer and van had to be pulled out of the water. Driver of van was arrested and charged with reckless driving.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:03 AM   #16
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Boat ramp foibles could be an entire new section on FRF!
I launched my boat once without the bilge plug in.
Only once in 14 years!! Not too bad
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:19 PM   #17
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Boat ramp foibles could be an entire new section on FRF!
I launched my boat once without the bilge plug in.
Only once in 14 years!! Not too bad
I watched friends (guy and his son) do just that a bunch of years ago!
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:45 PM   #18
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Boat ramp foibles could be an entire new section on FRF!
I launched my boat once without the bilge plug in.
Only once in 14 years!! Not too bad
We did that once, too. Once was enough!

Here's my boat launch story. I drove up to launch and find a guy standing on the launch looking at a very nice fiberglass walleye boat sitting on the (relatively steep) launch itself about 10' from the water.

He and I were the only ones there and I parked, walked up and asked what happened. Apparently, he got a new boat and was following his typical procedure of getting into position, unhooking the boat completely (including the winch strap and safety hook - Old School) and backing down for float-on and float-off launching and loading.

Well... he says everything was going fine until he sees in his mirrors that the boat is moving faster than the truck. He stopped backing down and the boat completely rolled off the trailer.

He explained that his old trailers used bunks and his new one had rollers and he had forgotten
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:43 AM   #19
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Watched a guy try and pull out a water logged 17' bowrider (forgot plug) with a 4cyl front wheel drive dodge minivan. That van did all it could to pull it out of the water. I'll give him credit for running back to the parking area and backing up fast!!! Real fast!!! Fortunately it was still at the dock i would say it was half full if water.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:27 PM   #20
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Boat ramp foibles could be an entire new section on FRF!
I launched my boat once without the bilge plug in.
Only once in 14 years!! Not too bad
Thats kinda like putting gas in your diesel truck. There's those that have, and those that will. I have, once!
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