Dock Ramp Ediquitte

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by STIHLBOLTS, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    First off some basic ramp etiquette:

    Departing:
    1. Do all your loading of the boat either at home or in the staging area, not as the boat is being put in the water.
    a. Check if you have to remove your trailer electrical plug.
    2. Once your boat is in the water:
    a. Turn on your blower.
    b. Lower your stern drive.
    c. Unhook the strap and safety chain.
    d. Start your motor and back away and move a way from the ramp to the dock so the next person can have the ramp.
    3. Have your passengers standing by and ready to board.
    4. Depart the area at no wake speed.

    When returning:
    1. When approaching the landing / dock / ramp area make sure to come off plane prior to the no wake buoy. Remember your wake will keep going even though you are not.
    a. Turn on your blower.
    2. Drop off your driver to pick up the truck and trailer and let your passengers disembark.
    3. Back off the dock and wait on the water for the trailer to be placed in the water and load.
    4. Loading:
    a. Turn motor off.
    b. Bring up the stern drive to trailer position.
    c. Hook up safety chain.
    d. Hook up front strap, pull boat snug to bow roller.
    4. Pull far enough out of the ramp area so you don't block other loaders and start your check list for the ride home.
    a. If you took your light plug out, remember to put it back in.
    b. Do not wash our clean your boat while near the ramp. Other people are waiting to use it. Save it for your return home.

    It's not hard guys, but you would be so surprised at how many bone heads just don't get it..... :smt009 Or maybe you do. :smt021 :huh:

    What do you guys think about making copies of our list when we are finished and passing a few out on windshields at boat ramps when you go. Think education of the masses might help? :smt024
     
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  2. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    That's a good list.......most of the things you need to know to get through life are learned in Kindergarten.....be nice to others....respect others stuff...etc... etc.
     
  3. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Add to it, if there are any other suggestions lets put them in there. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Not trying to hijack your thread Richard but many of us have seen the ways NOT to do loading and unloading. Maybe some of those would be interesting also. One of the ones I always find controversial is "power loading".
     
  5. jrirvine1

    jrirvine1 Member

    747
    Dec 3, 2006
    Chester, MD
    2005 420 da
    Cummins 480 CE's (Rocket Sled)
    May we please add: Return to the ramp docks at NO WAKE SPEED? (Sorry for shouting.) Thankfully, I don’t need to use boat ramps any longer; however I did use them for 10 years. One thing that always got under my skin would be the hot shots that would race back to the ramps and drop down from 50 to idle speed right at the no wake buoy. Why don’t they understand that their boat may slow down but guess what? - the large wake keeps on going.

    Very frustrating to be loading and have the boat lined up just right on the bunks or rollers only to have it repositioned by some dumb dumb’s wake.
     
  6. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    I power load on concrete ramps and soft load on others. Its a controversial issue for some folks. :grin:
     
  7. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Unplug the lights before backing into the water. I quess I'm still old school about backing into the water with the power on.
     
  8. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Many trailers now have the 5th prong that unlocks the surge brakes. Also the newer trailers are getting the completely sealed LED lights that don't have the same issues that earlier lights have.
     
  9. Aquia185

    Aquia185 New Member

    311
    Nov 5, 2006
    Stafford, VA
    Richard... Care to explain for us newbies? Thanks.
     
  10. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Greg,

    Power load is when you power your way onto the trailer once it is set on the bunks you give a little gas to push your boat up to the trailer. If you are on a concrete ramp no problem if you are on a soft (sand) ramp than doing this will put a nice size hole in the area and enviormental guys get pretty angry.

    Personally we never power load even on concrete ramp. We drive it up in idle and kick it into neutral as we get close to the bunks. I usually park the bunks in the water deep enough that I can coast most of the way, then clip the hook, and winch it the remaining couple of feet. Never really see the point of doing it (power loading).

    Wesley
     
  11. Aquia185

    Aquia185 New Member

    311
    Nov 5, 2006
    Stafford, VA
    Thanks for the explanation Wesley. I will definitely be a crank it up type guy :thumbsup:
     
  12. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Wesley with the smaller/lighter boats you don't really have to worry about it. Never really had to do it with my 15 to 17 footers. With the weight of 240 do it any time I can now. :thumbsup:
     
  13. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Have not had a problem yet with Brakes as long as I don't pull the plug until I'm almost in the water. The grade of the ramp and the weight of the boat keeps the trailer surge brakes from engaging.

    Ye I know about the new lights its just the thought of ducking wires in the water with the power on them :smt101
     
  14. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    I may just print out this list and save a copy to hand out if I think someone needs a refresher course.

    Last fall, my family and I waited for 15 minutes while this couple pulled their boat out and washed it. Literally.

    They docked the boat and I saw the guy go up and get his truck. He pulled down the ramp and loaded. As he was pulling up, and I being ready, I pulled up to a point where he could get out of the area and I could begin backing in. And there I waited. My family had already walked down to the dock (5 others). They got a front row seat to watch.

    I'll usually use the hose to wash off the saltwater, but not pull out the brush too, interior and exterior while there are peopled staged to go! And if I have to, I'll just do all that at home, since I run the engine with the muffs on anyway.

    That still bugs me... :smt001
     
  15. Presentation

    Presentation Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
  16. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    ah erhim... :smt017 Doug, this is boat ramp etiquette 101...please go down the hall and too the left for Marina Etiquette. Thank you. :thumbsup:


    Seriously, that is worthy of it's own thread. Please open a new one up and I will place it as a sticky. Thanks. :thumbsup:
     
  17. Presentation

    Presentation Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    I take this as a HUGH complement to my post. Thank you!

    It did not exactly fit under sport cruisers. Hope I picked the right category.


    Post moved to here

    http://www.byowneryachts.com/forums/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=19311#19311
     
  18. Duke's Addiction

    Duke's Addiction New Member

    91
    Dec 25, 2006
    Palm Harbor, FL
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Horizon
    Remember to raise the engine before pulling the boat out of the water on the trailer. Saw that once on Lake Mead. Husband screaming at his better half as the lower unit grinds and imbeds itself into the concrete ramp...I think they're still there trying to get it up.. :smt021
     
  19. 280 SeaRay

    280 SeaRay New Member

    656
    Oct 10, 2006
    Folsom, California
    280DA
    4.3 MPI
    power loading done right is done at just over idle speed (700-800 RPM) with engines in gear. If it will not go on... trailer is not deep enough. Creating a wake and churning the water up with 4,000 RPM to push the thing on the trailer is simply ridiculous and really lets the boat owners lack of experience show through.

    Launching or retrieving a boat should take about 30-45 seconds from the time your bow crosses the end of the trailer (loading) or from the time the trailers tires hit the water (unloading). True with my previous 220BR. True with my 280DA. Dropping the truck person off on the dock does not require docking if you wish. Just simply come alongside and stop the boat so the truck person has an easy step onto the dock (220BR). The 280 I simply turn around and stop the boat within 6 inches of the end of the dock. This way you never tie up the dock just waiting.

    Also.... if you must use the dock use your lines... the human lines are dangerous and unnecessary. Why do people have the wife, and kids physically hold the boat on the dock..... it would be much less effort to simply utilize your dock lines.

    my 2 pennies... great topic Richard! Are there really non-concrete/non-asphalt ramps?
     
  20. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    Not in my area :thumbsup:
     

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