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Old 06-13-2010, 03:11 PM
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Today I sat #3 in line while I waited for the other boats to get pulled from the local ramp. The biggest of these boats was a 15' center console. The entire process for all three "captains" to complete their recoveries took the better part of 25 minutes.

It was this 25 minute wait time that drove me to time myself, just to see how long I take.

I put the truck in reverse at 13:10. By 13:13, I was parking the entire show back in the parking lot to secure the stern.

So there it was - a 24ft. boat loaded by myself in 3 minutes. 6 minutes later, I was on my way home having secured all the stuff in the boat, as well as loading the kids and wife.

How long do you guys think is a reasonable time frame for loading and un-assing the ramp?
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Originally Posted by k9medic View Post
just to see how long I take.

I put the truck in reverse at 13:10. By 13:13, I was parking the entire show back in the parking lot to secure the stern.

So there it was - a 24ft. boat loaded by myself in 3 minutes. 6 minutes later, I was on my way home having secured all the stuff in the boat, as well as loading the kids and wife.
SLOWPOKE.

i just got back from the launch. 2 minutes from backing up to driving home. .
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Boat ramp rodeo, when it comes to your town be sure to compete, a sub 3 min time is pretty good for the 21-25 class.
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That really sucks... I bet most of them were unloading their gear at the dock prior to pulling the boat..

I would have been pisseddddd off waiting that long.

I pull up jump off the boat or have who ever is getting the truck jump off, I start dropping the antennas, and securing loose odds and ends on the boat, driver backs down I drive the boat up on the trailer, guy driving hooks the clip cranks it up locks it down I trim up and we are off and down the road.. we get in, and get out...

Sorry you got stuck behind the boat tards.. that will ruin a good day real quick
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you got to tell these guys and gals, launching boats and recovering boats is just like sex..

Its in, its out, its over.
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Sat, while waiting to pull out I was in the boat holding off the docks at the ramp waiting for the middle section to open. I choose the middle because it looked like the yahoo with the 29 Hydrosport with twin 250 Etecs was about to leave. What i didnt know was that he was far from finished. He put both motors in gear and tried to push the boat further up the trailer ,even pushing his truck,(more like rocked his truck back and forth). Anyway then he leaves both in gear at least 2000 rpms and climbs over the bow, down on to the trailer. He does some securing then goes to his truck. I thought, 'this guys not that stupid, hes gonna pull out with the motors down,ingear, and running!. He was just getting a strap. While all this is going on his prop wash is getting larger and larger and you couldn't get to any of the docks with the river he created. Many people were pissed but he kept going on about his business.
I proceed to pull out in about 3 minutes after he left and i walked the mile to get the truck!
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Bow up to the dock to drop of my wife or buddy then I pull away and idle about making room for others. When the trailer is coming down the ramp I am heading for it. Goose it up, shut it down, climb over the bow and crank it tight then signal for the driver to pull it away. If I ma on the ramp 3 minutes, something went wrong. We get commenst all the time from people like "You guys do that alot dont you". I always just tell them the ramp is for getting the boat in and out of the water. Load, unload, arrange, or otherwise screw around with your boat at home, in the staging area, or over at the dock.

On a side note, I have had to leave my boat in gear running to get it to stay in place on the trailer while I crank it up. Its just the way my boat sits on the trailer and our very steep ramp. When I do that, I just hang the end of the lanyard over the side. When the boat is coming out of the water I just pull the lanyard and shut it off.
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I used to fish bass tournaments with my dad......I've seen 10 boats pulled out one ramp in 5 minutes. When you see your rig next in line head for the back end of the boat that's throttling on his trailer.....just seconds later he's pulling out and your rig is being backed up. Throttle up on the trailer and shut her down, tilt the motor. Your driver pulls you out (nobody even gets out the their driver seats).

3 minutes sounds reasonable.....I could load my last 38 footer in that time frame 90% of the time.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
the ramp is for getting the boat in and out of the water. Load, unload, arrange, or otherwise screw around with your boat at home, in the staging area, or over at the dock.



that should be a HUGE sign at every ramp.
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3 min.'s tops, regardless of size...
Old 06-13-2010, 04:58 PM
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My 12 year old son & I can recover my 23' CC around 3 min or less. My wife was shocked at his skill level when we went out as family 2 weeks ago. He knew what to do launching and retrieving the boat with out me telling him while I got the truck and backed her down (no I do not leave him alone usually another adult is with him and the boat). FWIW my son has been on the boat for 3 years and we frequently take other adults with little boating experience and my son usually ends up telling them what to do now.

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Well I ain't as fast as Dollar Man, but I can get going pretty fast.

By myself-- from backing down to pulling boat up and out of the way, 3 minutes are so. Takes me maybe 5 to 10 additional minutes to tie the boat down and make sure it is ready for the road.

Launching

By myself--- maybe a minute or two more. If some one grabs the bow line and ties the boat off for me -- not long at all. From back down to pulling the truck out the way maybe 2 minutes or less.

What is a suprise is with a partner backing the boat down -- handling the truck, it still takes just about the same amount of time.


Don't know about how you guys get along in other parts of the country but here, if you block a ramp for 10 - 15 minutes you liable to be keeping Jimmy Hoffa company. With the recent oil spill still going on I have been going freshwater fishing, what I can tell you is them guys with them super duper bass boats with all the glitter, sure can launch and retrieve lickity-split.
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I hate the ramp, to many inconsiderate idiots who are completely ignorant to the fact that you are waiting to go next or just to freaking stupid to realise. They should be shot and killed. I hate when they pull half way up the ramp and stop to pull their plug and fart around unloading like thats what the ramp is for or something. Jackasses.
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It takes me probably 2 mins to put the boat in the water, and less than 5 to pull it out. The key is to have everything done BEFORE you back the boat in. After fishing I get everything stowed and put away when coming through the channel on the way to the ramp. By the time I get to the ramp all I have to do is put the boat on the trailer. I go by myself most of the time so the longest thing for me is walking to get my truck after I have the boat tied up.

I haven't been able to find anything more annoying than waiting at the ramp for inconsiderate boaters that think the ramp is where you organize and put stuff away. I have seen it all at the ramp, the guys that have everything in the truck and when they back the boat down the ramp they have to take everything out of the truck and into the boat. The guys that back their boat part way down the ramp and then take off the mooring cover all the while blocking the ramp.

One time this guy had his boat backed down the ramp and had the hood up on his truck. I didn't know what he was doing but I couldn't do anything until he got out of the way so I was watching him closely. He was taking the battery out of his running truck to put into the boat, his buddy asked him when he was going to buy a new battery for the boat and the guy just laughed. It looked like this was something he had been doing for a long time. What if his truck stalled? He would have to take the battery back out of the boat just to get the truck started. When he got back to the ramp after a day of boating he would have to take the battery out of the boat and put it in the truck so he could get the truck started. OMG what an idiot.

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Old 06-13-2010, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by TwentyFourSeven View Post
I hate the ramp, to many inconsiderate idiots who are completely ignorant to the fact that you are waiting to go next or just to freaking stupid to realise. They should be shot and killed. I hate when they pull half way up the ramp and stop to pull their plug and fart around unloading like thats what the ramp is for or something. Jackasses.
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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post
Well I ain't as fast as Dollar Man, but I can get going pretty fast.
I had help today. Usually takes me less than 5 minutes to launch, park and be gone or get truck, retrieve boat and be gone.
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I just bought my first boat this year and am trailering it. I'm still getting comfortable with backing down the trailer and driving the boat up onto the trailer....but I back down the trailer and get the boat up on it and and get to the tie down area in about 8 minutes. It'll only get faster once I work the kinks out...... Hopefully, I'm not pissing off too many people.
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Originally Posted by StriperHerring View Post
I just bought my first boat this year and am trailering it. I'm still getting comfortable with backing down the trailer and driving the boat up onto the trailer....but I back down the trailer and get the boat up on it and and get to the tie down area in about 8 minutes. It'll only get faster once I work the kinks out...... Hopefully, I'm not pissing off too many people.
Someone inexperienced that takes longer is annoying but understandable. It really never bothers me. It is not the same as someone that pulls plugs or loads and unloads while blocking the ramp. I got my wife to practice backing the trailer on a weekday when no one else was there. It helped, though I still do it most of the time. We just don't pull the boats out enough for her to get experienced to do it quickly.
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Originally Posted by wiredawg View Post
My 12 year old son & I can recover my 23' CC around 3 min or less. My wife was shocked at his skill level when we went out as family 2 weeks ago. He knew what to do launching and retrieving the boat with out me telling him while I got the truck and backed her down (no I do not leave him alone usually another adult is with him and the boat). FWIW my son has been on the boat for 3 years and we frequently take other adults with little boating experience and my son usually ends up telling them what to do now.

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