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Old 09-25-2019, 07:27 PM
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UPDATE - Launching my PF 25’ hybrid on my own usually involves me getting feet wet as I get up on the trailer tongue. This isn’t a prob in the summer, but as it gets colder I need to figure out a way to keep my feet dry. I have boots but they mostly aren’t tall enough. I would prefer not having to buy hip waders, is there a product or way I can get on to the trailer and keep dry?
im in an suv so can’t jump in the bed of a pickup.
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Old 09-25-2019, 07:30 PM
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You can buy a platform that installs on top of your trailer tongue to give you a wider "path" on which to walk. Or you could practice the Nadia Comaneci balance beam routine....

if you are putting the back bumper over or into the water....maybe make yourself some boxes that you can use as "stepping stones." I've never had to back in that far....
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When I use to solo launch my seacraft I would back down the ramp stop before the water, unhook the chain and straps. The I would put a dock line on the front cleat and then hold the line and back it up until it was floating and ease it off.
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This really depends on the angle of the ramp. I launch my 38 Fountain by myself, but there are only certain ramps I can do it on while staying feet’s dry and do it elegantly. Shallower ramps will just have you with wet feet, or in a no wind and no current situation tie a rope to the hull/trailer and push out until it floats, then pull back until you can get dry feet on top of the trailer.
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Etrailer.com sells a hitch receiver extender that may help. I think it’s 18” long. You would most likely have to attach it and re-hitch near the ramp, you wouldn’t use it going down the road. Check the max tongue weight to ensure you’re within limits. With that it’s just an 18” balance beam, if you can make it you’re high and dry.
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Two simple ways to solve this (and I am a solo launcher 90% of the time).

Get ropes long enough to grasp out of the water (some guys even hold onto the rope as they back down the ramp).

​​​​​​Launch close to the dock and have the ropes pretied onto the cleats. This can be an issue if you have trailer guides so be sure to wrap the lines to the outside of the guides lest they interfere with the launch.
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Originally Posted by Shewillbemine View Post
Two simple ways to solve this (and I am a solo launcher 90% of the time).

Get ropes long enough to grasp out of the water (some guys even hold onto the rope as they back down the ramp).

​​​​​​Launch close to the dock and have the ropes pretied onto the cleats. This can be an issue if you have trailer guides so be sure to wrap the lines to the outside of the guides lest they interfere with the launch.
this is what I did. I had the stern cleat pre-tied to the dock cleat and the bow cleat tied to the trailer. After the boat was floating, I'd drive the truck up until my shoes were clear of the water. lastly, I'd walk the boat to the end of the dock, tie off, then park the truck. Wasn't all that hard to do.
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I think I've tried everything, even with help from others hip waders are the easiest way to go. I've been using them most times I launch or retrieve over twenty years, this is the first time I've seen or heard of anyone else mentioning them for this purpose. For me the waders are most useful putting the boat on the trailer and having helper wear them or any solo launch. If you can launch right next to a dock every time there are ways to launch / retrieve with ropes etc, for me being right next to a dock is a 50/50 occurrence

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I climb over side of truck....into bed...from there over tailgate onto trailer tongue. . My feet dont get wet....unless i fall off.

walking on wet algae covered ramp is good way to bust arse, and get more than feet wet, while giving onlookers a laugh

I also launch near to dock as possible, upwind side. I like idea of pre-tieing..never tried that. I use a 50' bow line to make sure its long enough i can get on dock without wetting feet. Tieing bow to stern line helps control boat too, and keep stern near dock, as does using amidships cleat. Hate for stern to drift across ramp , especially busy double ramp.


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we bought a bow ladder that mounts to the trailer, you can climb up into truck bed, over tailgate to ladder, up to boat.............do the reverse when returning to port.............run boat up on trailer, climb down ladder to trailer, back into truck bed, done............dry feet
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Two weeks ago I launched my boat at my local ramp 50 miles up river from Jacksonville, Fl. I do not pay attention to tides I just go out when I can. After four hours I come back and 90% of the parking lot is under water. I had to wade through knee deep water to get to my truck. My wife and I had taken our three year old granddaughter with us. It was chest deep to her when she walked off the dock so she thought is was a great time to go swimming. This was her first time out in a boat so from now on she is going to think this is what you do after a boat ride, go swimming in the parking lot.
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I just got one of those bow ladders that attaches to the winch post, thinking that will make it easier/safer.
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Originally Posted by mbb View Post
I climb over side of truck....into bed...from there over tailgate onto trailer tongue. . My feet dont get wet....unless i fall off.

walking on wet algae covered ramp is good way to bust arse, and get more than feet wet, while giving onlookers a laugh

I also launch near to dock as possible, upwind side. I like idea of pre-tieing..never tried that. I use a 50' bow line to make sure its long enough i can get on dock without wetting feet. Tieing bow to stern line helps control boat too, and keep stern near dock, as does using amidships cleat. Hate for stern to drift across ramp , especially busy double ramp.
This is the way I launch too. I use the rear tire as a step into the bed of my truck.
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This is the way I launch too. I use the rear tire as a step into the bed of my truck.
Same here. Mines a 33" step.
Trailer spare is on tongue, which makes it easier to not fall off as well.

On a steep ramp tailgates down so i can see trailer better
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Bow ladder works for me
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Originally Posted by limey940 View Post
Launching my PF 25’ hybrid on my own usually involves me getting feet wet as I get up on the trailer tongue. This isn’t a prob in the summer, but as it gets colder I need to figure out a way to keep my feet dry. I have boots but they mostly aren’t tall enough. I would prefer not having to buy hip waders, is there a product or way I can get on to the trailer and keep dry?
im in an suv so can’t jump in the bed of a pickup.
thanks a lot
When I solo launch our 26' Cobia this is how I do it without getting wet.

Prep boat before getting in line at the ramp (remove transom straps, bow strap, safety cable, put rods in the holders, antennas up, batteries on, drain plug in, tie the bitter ends of two long dock lines together, secure loop end of one of the dock lines to the bow cleat, secure the other loop end to the safety cable hook on the trailer, lay the loose/remaining dock line on the bow).

Back into the water with a touch of speed
When the fenders of the trailer are under water pop the brake hard
The boat will slide off the trailer, drive forward - stopping when the trailer is out of the water
Walk to the safety cable on the trailer, unhook the dock line, give the dock line a little toss over the guide post while walking to the dock
Pull the boat to the dock, tie to the dock cleat closest to the bow then to the dock cleat closest to the transom and to the transom cleat
Park the truck
Untie boat and go fishing

Never typed it out before - looks like a lot but it takes less than 3 minutes with the longest part parking the truck and walking back (sometimes a jog depending on how busy the dock is).
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I don't see where the OP specified what trailer type he has? With bunks just stop right before you'd have to get your feet wet and undue everything. If you have a roller, google boat trailer steps and you'll get some ideas.
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So many start rambling on as if they have something important to say without even taking the consideration to read the original posters full statement.

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im in an suv so can’t jump in the bed of a pickup.
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Originally Posted by Neuner View Post
So many start rambling on as if they have something important to say without even taking the consideration to read the original posters full statement.
Same concept....open rear and crawl thru....if rear tailgate/liftgate/swinggate doesnt hit front jack.

But .more trouble.

Wouldnt unhook a roller trailer till boat over water personally , seen too many on concrete on web.

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