Boat launch idiots!
Pool8, I may have seen maybe a close family member do a similar thing on Upper Gresham in Vilas county this summer. I'm in my boat, waiting for my turn to come off the lake. Making a couple of assumptions, the middle aged son is backing a pretty nice aluminum boat and about a 40 HP motor down the ramp. Older dad says stop, and does something on the front of the trailer. Hmm. Son starts backing up fine, but taps on the break to slow down.
Sure enough, dad had removed the "clicker" catch mechanism for some reason, left the strap attached, and off came the boat, resting at a 45 degree angle on the back of the trailer, about 10 feet short of the water. Nothing else for them to do (thankfully for me they had 4 people in the truck), after looking at it for a few minutes, son pulls ahead, lets the boat slam down on the pavement, then they drag it into the water.
As I pulled up to the dock, I wasn't going to say a word, when dad says "bet you've never seen that before?" My reply "no I guess I haven't". Nothing else need be said. I assume it was son and dad because nobody yelled at anybody.
Looks like the guy saved himself from paying a fine from a red light camera...
Years ago, as I sat on a high l grassy bank above a unnamed River in S.C, I had just lost a battle with the largest stripped Bass I've ever seen. This Fish surfaced following a battle for its life. I hooked him using heavy gear since river cats was my target. He was tired but not yet defeated, He gave me a Salute with a powerful Slap of his tail on the surface of the river, and was soon gone.
Not 10 minutes later, a gleaming new red Pick up Truck, A GMC, I believe, pulled up with an equally beautiful Ranger Bass Boat & Trailer. I thought to myself how nice it must be to not be poor. I thought of Bill Dance. But it wasn't Bill. To my right, about 20 yards away, was a Cement Boat Ramp, built at about a 20 degree angle.
The Boat Ramp was located on a Naval Base for the servicemen to use. The river, subjected to tides & consisting of brackish water, was subject to high and low tides. Siting on that grassy bank, wishing I had a picture of that massive bass, I watched the driver slowly back his showroom rig down that steep Ramp until the rear tires of that PU was sitting on a thick layer of moss. The moss covered cement was slick, and visible, due to low tide. As you may have guessed the Truck managed to lose its rear end traction. As the trailer, Boat, & truck slipped into the river, the Owner Panicked, and all I could do was watch the truck as it slipped beneath the surface of the river and disappear. I't was Shock and Awe, twice in 1 day. The owner went running down the road. A bit Later, base Police, a tow truck and Navy divers reappeared. As the Tow truck hooked up to the truck, all one could see is the Trucks electrical all shorted out beneath the surface of what was mostly a salt water River. A Diver stood on the Top of that Truck, and water was still up to his chin ! The tow hook, pulled the truck out of the river, with all lights shorted and on with the horn blaring, the Cab having been completely filled by water. I calculated that somewhere between 50 and 70K worth of Equipment went into the river that day. Even when I think of the worst Day I ever suffered in Iraq, it had to be better than his. This Boat Launch idiot has yet to be matched. Firstmate1060 USN (ret.)
Pool, sounds like you had a front row seat for that one
That would have been a great story Pool. Thanks for sharing. Too bad it didn't happen!
Anybody see a guy go to launch his boat this weekend in the Lacrosse area with the crank strap still attached but free wheeling? Then pull away ? No? Ok then it never happened.
Maybe he’s a Tom Cruise Stuntman?