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Boat launch idiots!

6/26/01 @ 2:05 AM
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goose
User since 6/16/01
Why is it that every time I go to a public launch I have to contend with someone who has no clue what they are doing? One time After fishing in the morning I get back to the launch, on lake winnebago in the big hole, and on one side of the dock I see a car and trailer in the launch, no boat or a person. I get to the dock and get out and look around and see a boat coming into the harbor. Didn't think much of it. Came back with my truck and trailer, just as two other rigs pull up to launch. I get my boat on the trailer and the boat I saw coming in behind me pulls up onto the trailer parked on the other side of the dock. This guy backed his rig in, got in his boat and went out on the lake without parking his car and trailer in the parking area!!!!!!!!!!! This launch is only a one dock two ramp deal. He had no problem with plugging one side with his car and going out on the lake! I'm sure we all have a few stories about jerks at the boat landings so here is a place to vent!

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7/13/20 @ 11:01 AM
lakeshiner
lakeshiner
User since 7/20/09

That sounds about right.  Most people I see are not bad, but its about 10% that really struggle.  But I've already seen the same people struggle weekend after weekend so they never really figure it out.  Sometimes you would think they'd look around at others and maybe pickup a tip or two, but they are content on doing things the same way.  I guess that ensures there are always future BLI's.

During the holiday weekend I watched multiple people jump in the water to put their boat on a trailer.  Two in a row actually as I was third in line to come out.  One of the boats had 3 people in the water trying to guide it on the trailer.  

I often wonder what they think when I just idle my boat into the trailer and don't get wet....

7/13/20 @ 9:56 AM
Flyrod Man
User since 8/13/09

These people are called 8 balls.  In any given group of people 10 percent will be 8 balls, and they they will never change because they don't know they are.  This is their normal way of life.

  

7/12/20 @ 8:38 PM
hashbrown
User since 7/20/09

What about the ding songs that don't know how to switch their high beam lights to park lights so the guy next to him can back in, to speed up the process??  Or the guys that block the pre-launch lane for daily launch slips, meanwhile season passers could launch, motor 10 miles and set 12 rods before they realize they need correct change, license plate number and a pen to write it down!!  Better yet, TAKE an extra launch ticket for next to be ready!!  But that only happens at 3:00 am when you go half HR early to beat other clowns, so sit back and sip on coffee and breathe!

7/12/20 @ 5:58 PM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12

My wife drives the boat onto trailer. Even on windy days where the wind is making it difficult. Just takes practice. Saves a lot of time. To each his own though. There may be some youngens or ladies I wouldn’t want doing it. Depends on your own situation I guess.

7/12/20 @ 5:00 PM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01

I agree with Brent on this one.  How long does it take to go and get your boat, five minutes at the most?  If you can't wait five minutes for something you're not patient enough! There's no way I'd trust my kids with my boat, and definitely not my wife!  It'd take her long to explain how to drive the boat than it would just having me go and get the trailer!

7/11/20 @ 8:59 AM
Plmlk
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

GN,

That sounds dangerous! Everyone is different, my boys sure, my wife, she doesn’t feel comfy driving a boat - especially not by a launch with a bunch of other boats / traffic - and at Tichigan, 30 feet from a dam...


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7/10/20 @ 1:23 PM
migr8r
migr8r
User since 2/8/11
7/7/20 @ 11:44 AM
grousenut
User since 2/8/02

If you are with your wife.girlfriend or teenager,please teach them to back out of the launch and motor away from the launch or slide into an empty slip till you return from parking the trailer. I cant take it any more. 

7/5/20 @ 3:43 PM
hockeyguy39
User since 8/24/07

It finally happened. After a couple days at the resort, I had to run into town to get gas. The launch at the resort is a challenge with no pier, so after a big hassle of trying to get it on the trailer, I finally won and pulled it and was on my way. Got to the road and thought, why not be a good law abiding citizen and pull your plug? So, I hopped out, pulled it, tossed it by the console and was off. Returned about 20 minutes later and had my wife climb aboard to motor off the trailer, launched, parked and unhooked the trailer, then moseyed down to the dock where the wife had pulled up. She was about to hook up the stern cleat when I noticed the anchor next to her had some water in the fin and thought "hmmm that's weird after a drive with all that wind and bouncing," then looked to the left and noticed something glistening at the bottom of the apron that hangs from the splashwell. D'OH!!! I knew immediately what I'd done, or not done more appropriately lol. Ditched everything in my pockets, grabbed the plug and hopped in. Thankfully it was only chest deep and the water was nice. But that was a good 30+ minute pumping job. After a few minutes I noticed there was a split in the hose at the hull, and have determined I need a much higher capacity pump. Glad to get this little wake up call in a pleasant docked environment rather than mid lake in nasty weather!


7/5/20 @ 11:42 AM
Plmlk
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

That was painful to watch Lol!

You would think he’d practice a bit in a back corner of a Walmart!

Two weeks ago a guy was wrenching on his jet ski at the public ramp on Tichigan. He blocked inbound and outbound launching for 35 minutes, as well as the pier for folks who wanted to come in to use the porta-potty.

At the time I wasn’t launching, I was just waiting for my wife and son to meet up with me, as I went out before them.

When they arrived, I nosed my bow up to the end of the pier so that they could jump in.

The guy was super irritated with me, and told me he was trying to work on his jet-ski, and I was in his way. I smiled and told him to have a nice day - figured the guys waiting in line could do the heavy lifting...

He was looking for confrontation and was crabby, really didn’t want to get into it with him.

Not sure how the story ended, he was still there wrenching on his stuff when I left, and there was 3 boats waiting to launch, and 3 waiting to get their boat back on the trailer. 

Was certainly one of the more inconsiderate things I’ve witnessed in quite some time...

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