Back At The RampBy Pat Piper
Published: Summer 2013
Getting the boat back on the trailer is a matter of reversing what you did to get the boat into the water — with a few exceptions.
1. Drop the truck/trailer driver at the dock. This is a good time to allow crew members to get off the boat to use facilities. Make sure they stay away from the boat ramp traffic.
2. Tie up either outside of the dock or at the end of the dock so other boats can launch, or circle a short distance away while you wait for the trailer to be backed into position. Don't park your boat at the bottom of the ramp while you wait for the trailer if others are waiting to use the ramp.
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Wet Ramp Tactics
Take Your Time
On a slippery/wet ramp, accelerate slowly so as not to break the traction of the drive wheels in the first place.
Add Some Weight
Additional weight over the drive wheels that are spinning is essential. Usually people in the back seat of an SUV or in the bed of a pick-up can help.
If desperate measures arise, deflate the traction tires so you create more surface area for the tires to grip the ramp.
A good rinse in fresh water protects your investment and helps defend against invasives.
Maintaining your trailer in the off-season is as important as doing so when it's in use.
If your boat is on a trailer, don't procrastinate; here's what you need to do before the cold weather sets in.