What Not To Do - Public Service Announcement

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by OllieC, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. OllieC

    OllieC Active Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    Here is a list on what not to do when you launch by yourself. These are the steps I performed yesterday.

    1. Prep the boat before getting to the ramp, fenders, lines, install plugs, remove back straps, etc.
    2. Approach the ramp and back down slowly, once at the slope, switch truck to neutral.
    3. Once the boat aft end is floating, put the truck in park and set the parking break. ( I didn't block the tires)
    4. Get out of the truck and go to the winch to release the boat
    5. Turn the crank to release the latch on the winch that changes the direction of the winch.
    6. Slowly crank the boat down. It's 4500 lbs so take your time
    7. Lose focus and think your truck is sliding into the water because the boat is moving.
    8. Freak out and release the crank so it spins wildly as the boat rapidly goes into the water.
    9. Use your elbow and then your wrist to get whacked by the rapidly spinning crank.
    10. SWEAR
    11. Lick your wounds, and finish the launch.

    A couple lessons I learned - stay focused, and I should have blocked my tires.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2017
  2. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 44 DA
    QSC 8.3s
    Cummins QSC 8.3s 500HO
  3. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    I Love it! Glad you can admit your mistakes and laugh about it... I love going to the ramp and watching, it's an entire day of fun!

  4. SeadawgVB

    SeadawgVB Active Member

    Jul 8, 2013
    Tidewater Virginia
    '03 Sundancer 360
    Twin 8.1s with V-drives
    You may want to review step two which may have lead to step seven. I would not use neutral, because it could lead me to wonder if it may have been left in neutral.

    Blocking tires COULD be overkill, I say could because it really depends on the slope of the ramp. I once launched from a ramp that was so steep my boat was floating without letting any strap out from the winch and was wondering if four wheel drive low range was going to pull it out!

    Having an actual routine is actually a great idea.
  5. romanservices

    romanservices Member

    Aug 24, 2016
    Chesapeak Bay
    1999 Sea Ray 370 AC, Raymarine es98 - AlbaCombi NMEA2K converter -
    Twin 454 Horizon MAG MPI - replaced 2016
    I love step No. 7 You could block your tires, chain it to another truck or some other overkill measure but if you keep step 7 in there you will always have troubles. :) good stuff..
  6. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Just another tricky day

    Written by Pete Townshend
    Performed by the Who and anyone who has owned a boat.

    We all have 'em :grin:
  7. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    2000 310 sundancer 5.7 vdrives

    twin 5.7 300 Hp. V drives
    Control the urge to go postal on a jet skier that is sitting on a ramp waiting on someone instead of using the docks
  8. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    I also leave truck in neutral when on the slope.
    Step 3: I set my parking brake FIRST, then shift trans to park.
    this will relieve pressure on the gears.
  9. Arickosmo

    Arickosmo Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    Middle Coast
    2003 400DB
    Mercruiser 8.1L
    Love it!

    We've all done it. You missed step #17. Frantically put boat back on trailer realizing you missed step 3, check garboard drain plug.
  10. bracketracer

    bracketracer Active Member

    Aug 23, 2016
    Wilson, NY
    2001 380DA
    Twin 454 Horizons

    This is actually a good one here. Also gives you peace of mind that the parking brake is actually functional.

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