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Old 08-30-2015, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by The Spit View Post
In addition to the other good tips here:

1) Make sure only the driver is in the tow vehicle during launch/recovery. No one else;

2) Roll down windows during launch/recovery for better situational awareness and to make it easier to escape the vehicle in the event it slides into the water;

3) Driver should remove seat belt during launch/recovery, to permit faster escape if necessary.
I always do all the above.
Old 08-31-2015, 06:11 PM
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Where is that ramp located at?
Old 08-31-2015, 06:42 PM
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My father in law always tries to assist when launching and retrieving. I have told him each time that I have a routine and like to do it a specific way. He always tries to help a little anyway and I get an OCD type of feeling that I am forgetting something and its important.

I can easily see how at those times the most obvious things can be overlooked.
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I tugged a truck and trailer up the ramp on Saturday at my local public launch. It was a moon low tide, and there was almost no ramp left there. I see a little regular cab ranger backing down with a 22-24' down east looking thing on the tandem axle trailer. I said to my gf, " this isn't going to end well."

We launch our little aluminum skiff and proceed to go park the truck. When I hop out I hear an engine just revving and revving. I jog to the ramp and I find 3-4 guys in the water pushing the back of the ranger, as someone is hammering the gas pedal. The trailer is completely submerged, and the ranger is under water almost to the cab.

Not only is the trailer off the ramp and out in the sand, but so is the rear axle of the ranger. It is stuck in the hole at the base of the ramp.

Thankfully I had the skiff just in my bed and no trailer. I backed my f350 down the ramp and hooked up to him. A little four wheel and first gear, and I barely touched the gas, and his rig followed me right up the ramp.

Scary to see someone almost lose it all. I hope they learn to watch the tides a little better and check to not go off the edge.
Old 09-01-2015, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by concordtowing View Post
Where is that ramp located at?
It is on Sea Mountain Hwy, just under the HWY 17 bridge. Harborgate Marina is right there along with Filet's restaurant and Ians Waterway grill... the old Poo's
Old 09-01-2015, 06:01 AM
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Being I almost did this identical thing, I want to add my .02 after seeing this thread multiple times this summer, and some of the suggestions as to how it happens. When I came close to dunking my truck I was going too fast down the ramp. As I backed close to the water, I hit the
brakes, the tires broke free, and there was nothing I could do to stop the momentum. Fortunately when the boat lifted off the trailer, it was heavy enough to slow the trailer and the truck. Since that point I ease down boat ramps. Sometimes I still slip a bit, but the momentum is what takes you fully in the drink. These ramps are not steep enough for the boat to drag the truck into the water. Without momentum. Now coming back up the ramp might be tough, but at least your upholstery is dry.

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