Boat launch idiots!
Fishmunkee, good on you. That's all it takes to help get launches clicking along - just talk to each other and offer help.
Every boat launcher is there for the same reason - to be out on the water - which means we all have something in common right off the bat.
Sunday mid-day on L Wis was a BLI show. Seemed like everyone who only launches in the spring then takes boat out in fall was doing so. No idea how to back up trailers, no idea of how to take turns at launch, just sitting idle at pier while 4 boats wait on the water in the wind ,having to back pontoon back in to get it right on trailer while boat had already pulled into pier slot.... it just never seemed to end.
HUGE thanks to the guy in the power boat behind us on the water who asked if we had a driver waiting, we said no and he called his wife, who was next in line, to wait for us to get our trailer before pulling their trailer in the launch. A gentleman for sure.
Saw a lot of stupid at a few launches on Green Bay last weekend.
Potawatomi Launch in Sturgeon Bay. Pull up there to drop in, there's a Blue Lund with two guys in the launch lane. They failed to prep their boat and were now prepping in a launch lane. Taking off their cover, attaching downriggers...took them about 10 minutes to get ready to launch, blocked the lane the entire time.
We got around them and launched amongst the chaos. Some of it was caused by a person who launched two jet ski's. Pulled forward after launching just far enough to keep anyone else from using that lane to load or unload. Parked the car there and chatted with people at the fish cleaning station.
So now 2 of the 4 launch lanes are completely blocked.
We got out of there pretty quickly, and were on the water. Blue Lund was still prepping as we were leaving.
Came into the launch. There's a Jet Ski tied up to the end of one of the piers, meaning no one could slide up there to drop anyone off, or tie off their boat. No one was around the jet ski. What made it worse was the way it was tied. It was at the end of the dock and when the wind shifted about a third of it would cover the end of the dock. Was tempted to unhook it and give it a shove. But I did not.
My wife got the truck into the launch lane and was backing up when a car with two kayaks cut behind her between her and the launch. Annoying, but it didn't last long. She got it in the launch perfectly, boat slide on and we were moving out the launch when another car zipped in front of her. Slammed on the brakes, I heard her say a little something something inside the truck...I grinned a little and she got out of there quickly.
No real idiots, just a lot of stupid. Hopefully most of that is done now.
I had a double today at Port. When I was coming to retrieve my boat, another boat that was launching was backed up crooked across two lanes and in the process of placing thing into their boat and preventing me from being able to back down the ramp to load my boat. After I managed to squeeze past this couple, just as I am pulling out of the water a guy comes with his empty trailer and stops in front of me making me have to stop in mid pull out and wait while he gave a tackle box to the guy in the boat in the water and then went back to his truck and got something else while I am left idling with a boat half out of the water.
As I came in from fishing Friday morning at about 11 a.m. , two pontoons were just attempting to launch from the single pier at private marina. Could see this wasn't going to go well, turns out it was a family group so one was waiting for the other. First toon tied up to only dock space to wait for second one. So all I could do is back off and watch the show. The second toon was a monster with 300 horse Merc, guys had no clue how to unload it, he was afraid he was going to sink his Ford. When they finally got it off trailer, Grma had back rope and nearly went into the drink, Grpa saved her butt. After about 20 minutes both got going. They waved to me, I just shook my head.
I have to classify my launch/preparation to fish on Lake Michigan the other day as a boat launch idiot. It seems that when prepping my boat to leave the house, I neglected to mount the down riggers but did not realize until I was doing the final prep in a proper place before launching. Although we had some success, I am still quite upset with myself because I chose not to put them in the back of my vehicle the night before when I thought of them. In the future, they are going in the back of my vehicle the night before.
Not a launch, but similar to arcus...
Was at a local restaurant. A guy had his boat / trailer parked in a couple stalls. No problem. But with multiple other spots open, a gal I know parks right in front of the truck. I notice the owner of the boat is sitting with his family. He is just shaking his head and his wife asks what is wrong. I walked over and asked if he wanted my help. I told him I know the person who blocked him in. He said sure. I then went and asked the gal if she realized what she did. She looked at the situation and quickly went out and moved her vehicle. Guy thanked me, but less than a minute later, another person blocked him in. We both just shrugged and threw up our arms.
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I like to think of a few of these BLI's more as boat launch failures. A few years ago on lake Waubesa I had left the boat at home and went for a bicycle ride. I enjoy riding past the boat launch where I stop and watch people launch or load their boats, cheap entertainment . Also, it lets me talk to the fisherman to see what's biting.
While stopping at the launch to talk to fisherman, two older gents show up with their full size truck with topper and a 12 foot boat on a trailer. I truly expected to see a skilled boat launch sequence but this did not happen.
They pulled up and swung a 1/2 circle in front of a ramp, both gents remained in truck. The back of trailer was 20 feet from edge of the water. They attempted to back up to sink the trailer. I assume it was the lack of ability to see their boat and trailer in their mirrors that the trailer immediately jack knifed. This didn't seem to bother the driver and he pulled forward to straighten trailer and try again.
Well...This went on and on and on for the next 10 minutes. They could not back up 20 feet and hit the water. After 10 minutes, the passenger decides he should get out and guide the launch. By now...most everyone who was launching a boat or just fishing off the piers had stopped to watch what they were doing.
After maybe another 8 to 10 more minutes of back and forth the wheels of the boat trailer just barely touched the water. The second person who was now standing in the water unhooked the winch strap and pulled the 12 foot boat into the water. A small applause came from the now 15 to 20 people who had all quietly and patiently waited and watched these gentlemen.
They then pulled their truck up to the parking lot, loaded their fishing equipment in the boat, fired up the motor and motored off to fish.
I know folks will say someone should have helped. Saying that, both these men while elderly did appear very physically able. Sometimes it's best not to interfere with these folks independence, it disappears soon enough. They didn't hurt anything and everyone there was very patient and quiet. No harm done, but it was amusing to watch.
Arcus, $10 says that was her 1st ever at a boat launch. Her friends probably told her “oh you should come out on our pontoon boat sometime “ lol. Maybe not a boat launch idiot just clueless. Lol