Boat launch idiots!
I always offer to help a person, if I can tell they may need or want some, then give a few pointers, like back it down so the last roller is just at the water line, or whatever I can see that they may not know. By helping it also gets my boat in quicker. Some of these people only do it twice a year, put in in the spring, take it out in the fall.
I think that was good of you, Cold Front. If we were all aces at everything, I'm sure I'd still have hair on my left hand after last night's BBQ.
I think there's a good chance that launches will get better and faster if we all talk to each other a little more and offer help like you did. And you're right - helping can literally just take 30 seconds. Probably have some good karma coming your way.
Not a BLI story but still relevant. Launched the boat solo last night without a problem in a 10 lane facility. My buddy was a little delayed so I tied up to the dock and had a beer while waiting. I was ready to move out if it got busy but it obviously was not going to get that busy anyway. A guy came along and was launching an old boat next to mine and he seemed to be having a little trouble getting the rig off the trailer. As it turned out he was just trying to reach a very short lead rope. After recalling a recent post, I decided to ask him if he needed a hand. It took me 30 seconds to reach the lead from the dock and hang onto it while he unhooked it and parked the rig.
My point is that a little reminder in a previous post to help your fellow boater actually had an impact on me. I am not always attentive to the plights of others in that situation. Having read that I was more aware that the guy really just needed a little hand. That is the strength and power of this site. Mrt.
The boat prep area signage is a good idea...I've only seen a sign like that on Kegonsa at Fish Camp. The only folks who know where to stage are the regulars at most launches.
And, signs are ignored by most who are dumb enough to prep their boat while blocking a ramp anyway, so it might not do any good.
ayefish, I was typing as you were posting.
I knew it was going to be fun when he passed me started backing up and messing with the boat.
I should have took video. After 5 minutes or so, I banged my head against the steering wheel and got out.
I walked up and as calmly as I could said, not trying to be a (umm, use your imagination), but you are taking up two lanes of the launch. Do you need a hand? "No, no I'm good". Ok fine.
Like others have posted, if you're new to the game, it can be difficult, especially alone. More so here with an ENE wind. After he parked his truck he came by and apologized.
But, c'mon man!
Boat landing on a Saturday afternoon is not the place for practice and he nearly wrecked his prop in the process. He's lucky it wasn't busy.
The guy trying to dock came up to me just laughing.
It's not funny, if you need a hand just say so, best for both of us. We've all been newbies at one point.
Thankfully there was some scenery to pass the time...
But it's the same old, same old. I actually emailed the city and suggested some sort of sign at the entrance of the landing, or signage for something like a "boat readying area" something, I don't know. I just don't know, but it certainly does get irritating time after time.
All that for an ENE wind and I caught basically nothing. Should have just pulled by and went home.