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Old 07-10-2020, 02:15 PM
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Default Do you give advice at the boat ramp?

After reading a combination of threads about ramp etiquette, and clueless new boaters I imagine ramp frustration is going to hit an all time high. You can’t do anything about the a**h***s but there’s a lot of clueless people who just don’t know any better. How do people feel about approaching the clueless in a friendly manner and trying to educate them? Something like, hi there, nice boat, been boating long? I noticed you having to spend a lot of time launching. If you are open to it I could give you some suggestions that might help get you on the water and enjoying the boat quicker. If not, walk away, if they are then give them some pointers including a suggestion to check You Tube for lots of great videos.
Is that a dumb idea just asking for verbal and physical abuse? Has anyone done it with good results?
I should say my boating is in the Northeast, around Cape Cod, Boston Harbor and Newburyport.
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I once prevented a divorce during a boat retrieval.

Well, I probably just postponed it.
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Ive backed up so many strange peoples trailers at the ramp ive lost count.
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No. I don’t give advice to anyone unsolicited. People are generally assholes and react accordingly.

Just last week there was a 50’ish sailboat trying to dock against a ripping current and the dock girl was having issues. So I ran down to help. This asshat had maybe 12’ lines. Additionally his wife threw me a coiled line not attached. With the short line it was damn near impossible to get a wrap on a cleat because it was so short. It was a shit show. After the guy yelled at me because I wasn’t pulling hard enough, I suggested he invest in longer lines. He said I would if I bought them and yelled at the dock girl. I just walked away. Lesson learned.
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Almost anyone I talk to who is launching or retrieving I ask if they want a hand. They have all said no. One guy who was changing props on the ramp needed to move to the other side for me to launch (one dock is very short) and of course I gave him a hand moving the boat over.
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
Ive backed up so many strange peoples trailers at the ramp ive lost count.
This.......for me though it's not that I actually ask. I just walk up to the vehicle and tell the person that I got this! 99% of the time they truly embrace the help because they're under so much stress.
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I have tried a couple of times but was met with a "leave me alone look". I have owned more than 10 boats and have been able to launch and pull all of the out by myself. I'm not good at a lot of things but backing down a ramp and putting a boat in and out is one thing that I'm very good at.

Conversely.....I was pulling my boat out one time and I knew from years of experience how far to back the trailer down the ramp. I would back the boat down until the fenders were a couple inches under water. This way the boat will center itself on the trailer every time. Another boater told me I didn't have the trailer deep enough which kind of annoyed me because I had launched and retrieved the boat for years the same way. I used to power load the boat but the marina put up a sign that no power loading allowed so I would put the bow on the 2nd keel roller and then just crank it up. I would much rather power load the boat but many of the ramps now don't allow power loading any more.
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Yes, I give myself the advice to stay out of the way, be patient and shut up...
Old 07-10-2020, 02:55 PM
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Had a long got day fishing- was killing the fish- and did not hydrate enough. Got to the ramp and apparently I was having trouble getting boat on trailer - I don't remember much about it. A very nice lady asked me if I was OK? I remember being a little annoyed which is way out of character for me. Boys in the tackle shop at the ramp said it took me 5 tries to get boat on the trailer. They had started down to figure out what was up.

I went into the shop and sucked down 3 Gataorades before I remember anything. Lesson learned that day. Never know what people are going through.

I'll always ask if I can help. And I make sure to drink enough water during the day.



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Sure! I say “ LEMME SHOW YA HOW WE DO IT UP NAWTH!

Always appreciated!
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yea, get out of the way
Old 07-10-2020, 03:03 PM
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No. Most that are taking the ramp up have no courtesy for everyone waiting anyway. I’m sure not giving them an excuse to blame me for anything (like sailboat anecdote above). We call these people “oblivions”. They think they’re the only ones in the world.

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I had a lady ask if I could back their truck down , husband was with boat. I was happy to help. End of story. I would help if asked or maybe offer if I could tell someone could really use the help.
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No act like a security guard...watch and observe only
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I have helped but I never approached them first. I even backed some guys truck down the ramp.

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My slip is at the fix dock in the main fairway at the ramp. I could sit there all day and just watch. I only intervene if I think bodily harm or boat damage is emanate,
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I don’t give advice, but will offer to help if it looks like it is needed, especially if they are holding up progress. Acceptance of help is about 50/50, and I can usually tell before I offer if the help will be accepted.
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I'll never forget the day I tried to help the ass-hat daddy get his jetski off the trailer. It appeared he had just bought it for his son (which he showed NO interest in)
After making an FU face when I offered to help I just waited and watched.
He finally got smart enough to at least wet the wheels on the trailer to get the jetski off. When douche-king finally got it off the trailer and it floated away I just snickered when I noticed he had no lines tied to it to retrieve or secure it.
I promptly put my boat on the trailer and pulled away from the ramp. He either went for a swim after it or begged the next person launching a boat to help him go get it

I will help if they ask or look to be in peril - other than that. TFB
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turn off your headlights
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I do not. I do however hope for a Jetski only dock where that is the only place they can launch. It's getting really ridiculous.

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