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Old 08-21-2017, 08:45 AM
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I have always had boats in a slip and this year decided to trailer. Well, to say the least, I think I'm going back to a slip after the final straw this weekend. I've seen some pretty rude crap this but never saw anyone cut in front of 5 other people waiting to pull their boat. He got an ear full from everyone there but thought he was totally justified. WTF is wrong with people. It's gotten to a point where I don't want anything to do with fishing/boating on the weekends. Sorry, had to rant..........

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Pretty sure you're allowed to shoot someone for that.
Old 08-21-2017, 08:55 AM
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I listen to messages on the Powerful Attribute of Patience. I enjoy the Homestead Bayfront Park Boat Ramp. On the weekends you will get your boat in and out if you are patient.

I think it is worth the hassle. YMMV.
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I feel for the working people that have to use ramps on weekends. I am retired and wouldn't think of going on the water on weekends. In SWFL on season it would be a disaster. Just the volume alone would put me off. You will run into all kinds,it's just the way it is.
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Originally Posted by Rytek View Post
I have always had boats in a slip and this year decided to trailer. Well, to say the least, I think I'm going back to a slip after the final straw this weekend. I've seen some pretty rude crap this but never saw anyone cut in front of 5 other people waiting to pull their boat. He got an ear full from everyone there but thought he was totally justified. WTF is wrong with people. It's gotten to a point where I don't want anything to do with fishing/boating on the weekends. Sorry, had to rant..........
What was his reasoning making him think he was justified in cutting the que?? I am so glad I don't have to deal with the ramp but twice a year.
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Pretty sure you're allowed to shoot someone for that.
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His words, "Why should I wait?"

Luckily there were kids there, otherwise I think it would have gotten ugly.
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Ramp etiquette should be on the boater safety test. People don't always know they are being jerks. Not sure that is the case with the OP's experience but it often is just ignorance.
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If nobody put the smackdown on the guy, you can bet he will do it again. Needs to be an express lane at the ramp, or maybe a "pro-lane" sticker you can get after say 1,000 launches. It does suck waiting when you know you could be in and out in 30 seconds. I have taken opportunities between launches but nothing as blatant as you describe. Maybe a guy backed up to ramp, still strapped in, looking all over for the plug, loading the chest, towels.... In and out no harm done and maybe the guy will take a hint for next time. Can't imagine weekends in Florida. Surprised not more ramp-rage in the news.
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Originally Posted by Monte Cristo View Post
What was his reasoning making him think he was justified in cutting the que?? I am so glad I don't have to deal with the ramp but twice a year.
In Psychology High School Class the instructor told of the percent of the population that would have to be institutionalized or otherwise have a period of their life with intense psychological issues. I forget the number but it was fairly high. So if you run into someone with psychological issues you need to know that it isn't uncommon.
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always bring your cordless drill and a 1/2" bit just for people like him. I remember years ago, we had our boat slipped all the way in the front of the marina. A guy sucked a rope into his outdrive while he was trying to pull into his slip, and was drifting right in front of everything. He ended up ripping a few bow pulpits off and a few thousand is glass work for at least half a dozen boats. Everything has its pros and cons. The guy ended up pulling his boat out that night and didn't tell anyone. He didn't know we were there as it was super late and dark. Came back a month later, same boat was underwater in his slip. Someone took care of him for his unlikely stunt. But maybe its time for a ramp that is off the beaten path?
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The shenanigans that take place at the boat ramp is a site to behold. My brother and I used to go fishing off the warf at a local ramp and enjoy the sites. It seemed 75% of boaters shouldn't have a boat. If the jacklegs would only get their crap together before blocking the ramp and when picking up get the hell out of the way. Common courtesy has gone the way of the dodo. I wake up extra early to beat the crowd now.
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Wasn't there and I slip my boat but few things quite as irritating as waiting for a ramp and all the people in front of you don't have their shit together. I can launch or pull my boat in under 5 minutes. Cutting is ignorant but equally ignorant is not being ready to go when it's your turn or not being able to back a trailer down when it's your turn.

Not saying that was the case here but if you sit with thumb up arse in front of me be it at boat ramp on my Spring launch day or Fall pull day or in the gas line at BJs and fail to execute when your time comes, I will take your spot and not look back.

Someone wants to to "beef" over it, at that point, I'll give them the 1st shot so that I can legally defend myself and or sue (depending on mood) with the law on my side.

I am courteous and polite whenever I can be, but an idiot who can't back down a trailer or has no idea what they are doing is ignorant in their own rate and deserves what they get.

OP not saying that was you but I have seen it more then once.
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Originally Posted by Rytek View Post
His words, "Why should I wait?"

Luckily there were kids there, otherwise I think it would have gotten ugly.
The proper answer to this is, "I'm a nice guy and am not going to......but at some point you are going to run into someone that will literally kick your ass due to being a condescending douche bag."
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How did he cut? Weren't there a line of trucks/trailers with their motors running pouncing to get down the ramp?


If the guy was able to get around all of you, then you guys werent doing something right
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This why I don't carry.
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Originally Posted by Mpellet View Post
Wasn't there and I slip my boat but few things quite as irritating as waiting for a ramp and all the people in front of you don't have their shit together. I can launch or pull my boat in under 5 minutes. Cutting is ignorant but equally ignorant is not being ready to go when it's your turn or not being able to back a trailer down when it's your turn.

Not saying that was the case here but if you sit with thumb up arse in front of me be it at boat ramp on my Spring launch day or Fall pull day or in the gas line at BJs and fail to execute when your time comes, I will take your spot and not look back.

Someone wants to to "beef" over it, at that point, I'll give them the 1st shot so that I can legally defend myself and or sue (depending on mood) with the law on my side.

I am courteous and polite whenever I can be, but an idiot who can't back down a trailer or has no idea what they are doing is ignorant in their own rate and deserves what they get.

OP not saying that was you but I have seen it more then once.
There is one in every crowd, especially at the ramp!
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Depends on the circumstances but you shouldn't delay other users if you are not ready to launch or load boat from/onto trailer when you back down the ramp. I regularly drive 1+ highway hours to ramp and require at least 10 minutes to deploy dock lines, load fishing tackle, cooler(s), spare clothes, install drain plug, etc. but I always let people who are ready to launch or load cut in front of me to keep ramp traffic moving.

If someone has unexpected problem(s) launching or loading their boat (been there, done that) I consider it my duty as a fellow ramp user to offer help. Launching and loading a boat on a trailer is dangerous enough without adding ramp rage to the equation.
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Even though I don't have the balls to do it, Im all for someone cutting people off who are socializing while on the ramp, loading their boat or unloading their boat with all their gear. Casually taking forever to ramp. This is complete bullshit and I enjoy it when someone has the balls to cut a person off who is sitting at the top of the ramp for 20 minutes tinkering with shit. And two weeks ago some lady backed her truck down the middle of a oversized two lane ramp. Some guy squeezed his truck in and she flipped on him. I don't blame the guy for doing this because I would have been pissed off that she took the entire ramp up for a 18 foot skiff.

I try my best to be like a nascar pit crew when using the ramp. But not all people feel this way. Also some are just completely ignorant to it and will gladly adjust once they realize that they are jamming people up.
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Originally Posted by Bayfly View Post
There is one in every crowd, especially at the ramp!
Exactly what I was thinking.
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depends on how he cut in line. if he just flat drove around people that were ready to launch or retrieve thats one thing, but if he was ready to pick up or drop a boat and no one else was is another story.

example a few weeks ago there were 5 -10 boats milling around or tied up at a local launch here while someone made the walk to get the truck/trailer. i had my FIL coming to pick me up with my truck from the house we met at the ramp at the same time there was an open ramp i he dunked the trailer and i loaded and we were gone in 30 seconds or less. if your not ready dont clog up the ramp for where others that are ready cant use it. if i have to wlak to get my truck/trailer im courteous enough to park my boat out of the way where someone else can get out.

example #2 if you pull up if front of the ramp with your boat lashed down from the winter with all your crap still in your truck and think im going to wait 20 minutes while you unpack your boat. blowup rafts, ice down cooler etc...nope im going to drop my boat in the water and be gone before you get back down the ladder.

i leave my boat in dry stack most of the time but this part of the year i trailer my bayboat back and forth so i can leave my little 13 whaler in the rack. but i make sure im fully prepared to launch or retrieve before i pull down by the water or boat to the dock. I have 3 young kids 7, 2 and 1 that come with me most of the time and they get lifejackets put on them when we pull in the parking lot so we dont have to wait in the heat. if everyone did a little preparation ahead of time ramps would be much more pleasant places to be

i will say we have it easy here in south alabama for the most part, i avoid the tourist launches in the summer but the rest of the year is no issue. i would probably not enjoy south FL launches in the summer

all that being said if i see someone clearly struggling with launching a boat i always help out even if its to speed up the process or help them learn something .

a month or so ago i helped guy with an old CJ drop his flats boat and push start his jeep. everyone has been in a bad spot at the ramp and need help

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