Boat launch idiots!
Launched at Lake Altoona last night during the Ski Sprites show. Might also have been a company picnic or something going on in the park. Numerous cars and trucks parked in the BOAT TRAILER parking area.
Had to park across the street in the overflow BOAT TRAILER parking area, which was also nearly full of cars and trucks.
Typical story of the guy who parks a launch shut and then unloads everything from his truck.
It didn’t impact me one bit because I wasn’t in line waiting. Took the family over to Rock Lake in Lake Mills this afternoon and hung out at Sandy Beach. White truck with a ladder rack on the top shows up with an older Tracker. He backs into the launch lane and then takes about 20-25 minutes prepping his boat. No one was waiting in line behind him until the last 10 minutes or so. It was still an obnoxious amount of time to get your boat ready for launch.
I will admit that when I am at a lake with very little pressure and little to no possibility of anyone showing up I’ll prep my stuff with a launch parked shut...but I’ll never do that at a busier landing regardless of the time of day or time of the year. If someone does show up and is ready to go I’ll move but that’s rare. From the time i pull into a launch until the time the empty trailer is parked it’s maybe five minutes...not close to a half a fricking hour. Even my wife picked up on the fact that this dude was taking forever and she’s never launched a boat in her life.
The worst is the lazy ones who have to power load & are ruining the launches for everyone else because they have more boat than they need..when you see a bunk trailer..saddest is when there are signs by the lake launch & they still do it...I'm hoping the same thing happens in Vilas as what is happening in Door cty.,,,where boats of certain sizes have to go to a certain launch..Lily bay comes to mind in Door cty.....there was a guy who didn't like it a person was fishing off the dock...that guy has every right to be there..I had a guy get on me for dock fishing stating these docks are for launching boats...he stayed on me...I wrote his car licence plate # down & boat reg. #'s...called Tim Price..he said & I quote..."I should bring a table, chairs.& a cribbage board next time, have a lunch...& I'd be better off calling the police as he was harassing me"
I was lucky that it was one of those summer-like days in late October and there were a bunch of other boats out. Typically I’m one of the only boats out there that time of year except for a duck skiff or two. Had it been a normal situation, I would have had to wait for it to get blown across the main basin to the shoreline by the old Lone Pine Lodge assuming it didn’t get sucked over to the dam. I’ve always been a double checker when it comes to boating but now I double check my double checks.