Sunday, September 7, 2008

How not to launch your boat

Boat launching can be a slightly stressful situation at times. Often you are faced with impatient anglers who feel that you holding them up is going to cost them a fish of a lifetime. If you have to share the ramp with other water users, such as jet skis, this situation can become even more stressful.

I am a proponent of making sure that you are ready to launch when you pull up to the ramp. I can't stand people who drive up to the top of the ramp and begin to get the boat ready - that is what the preparation area is for! I have seen many anglers load the boat up for longer than ten minutes while others wait behind them and it never ends well. Fortunately I am a patient person, but others aren't always this way.

Enough of the serious talk though. While trolling around youtube I came across this slightly disturbing video of a failed launch of a jet ski. It would have been nice to see more people come to the rescue, but I guess there isn't much that can be done - I hope that wasn't salt water!


Fish Whisperer said...

Well considering I hate jet skis I do not have much sympathy for this fellow. The two guys climbing around on the trailer are complete idiots, what if the tires caught while they were on the trailer. The comment at the end by the photography sort of sums it up. I liked the post. Boat ramps can be a pain when people are not ready.

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lledslinger said...

Since a lot of boaters are fisherman and Jet skiers have made a bad name with fisherman and they earned that bad name in my opinion, it is not hard to figure out why they did not get much help. But it would have been nice to see some of my fellow fisherman take the high road. I choose to believe their were not fisherman in the area.

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