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Old 03-27-2011, 06:55 AM
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What is an interesting experience that happened to you or something you have seen at the ramp?

For me it was when I had the right wheel on the trailer basically came off, it did not completely come off and roll away it was pinned under the wheel arch. It was a little tense backing the boat down, we got it in somehow without a problem pulled the trailer up and bam the wheel comes off and rolls back down the ramp. Needless to say it was not a fun day, I guess if there is an upside it was a weekday and no one was at the ramp. Never a dull moment.
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There have been scores of threads on this over the years. Do a search if you want to see/read some really funny chit. Sometimes folks just watch people launch and land all day just for laughs.

Sorry to hear of your wheel - trust me worse things have happened.
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As it's been said many times before....There are 2 types of boaters. Those
who have already had trouble at the ramp, and the rest who eventually will.

Let the games begin.....
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Saw this guy yelling and swearing at his kids and wife on the boat while he was trying to get the boat off the trailer..finally the wife got off the boat, walked up to this tool and slapped him across the face and walked home..everyone around was cheering..lol..the stupidy never ceases to amaze me.
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A couple of years back I converted my roller trailer to bunk.....Dumb A$$ move on my part BIG TIME! One of my first experiences with my newly renovated bunk trailer was up at a friend's cottage when I launched it in the lake. Getting the boat in the water wasn't a problem, it was three days later when the water level had dropped and the water had become to skinny to reload the boat..... flucnking bunks!!!!!!! l'll keep the story short, but it took hours and hours to eventually get the boat loaded. The event involved damage to my prow, close to submerging my truck, 2 tractors (because the first one wasn't big enough), deflating my tires on the trailer to basically nothing and water filled the space of air and a grueling effort of cranking the boat 24' up onto a trailer that was basically out of the water. The up side to the event was, there was no one waiting for me to get the boat out of the water.
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For me, getting the boat in the water, loaded with fishing gear and then find out I forgot the keys!

The worst I saw was a guy and his young son, I would guess around ten years old loading a boat on the trailer. This was a large cruiser and the owner/driver was having a hard time driving it up on to the trailer and couldn't get the right angle. The boat got stuck on the bunks so he gave the keys to the nice truck and told the son to move it into a better position! Luckily, other boaters came to his aid.
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Let's see the wheel came off after you launched the boat at the landing. It did not come off on the interstate where it could destroy your boat and kill everybody big enough to die!

Sounds to me like you had a lucky day. Count your blessings. Boat okay, trailer repaired, no one hurt. What you want-- BLOOD!
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I was being an ass bag after pulling the boat out of the water... I thought it would be funny to pull far away from the ramp to make my buddy walk to the truck. So I did, and he was jumping up and down waving his arms yelling something... you know freaking out.. I was laughing my ass off... When he finally got to my truck some 500 yards away from where the ramp was he said damn dude I was trying to tell ya your motor was not trimmed all the way up and you were dragging it across the parking lot.. Sure as shit I get out and there are marks in the parking lot from the ramp to where I was sitting...
I felt like a dumb ass... no doubt
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Not at the ramp but funny now. I was coming back from the coast and about 10 miles from home a wheel come off the boat trailer (left side). It hit the concrete barrier I 40 and then came back all the way across 3 lanes and rolled into the ditch on the right hand side of the road. Now this was on a Sunday afternoon on interstate 40 and traffic was heavy. I don't know how another car didn't hit this wheel. lol I put the spare on and headed on home.
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
. Sometimes folks just watch people launch and land all day just for laughs.










A local marina used to have bleachers set up next to the ramp. There was the usual crowd that would be there with cardboard signs with numbers on them (used as scores). It was hilarious!

Since then, the ramp was widened and the bleachers had to go, but they installed an outside eatery/bar about 50 ft away, so the entertainment continues...
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Originally Posted by Redfish44 View Post
Not at the ramp but funny now. I was coming back from the coast and about 10 miles from home a wheel come off the boat trailer (left side). It hit the concrete barrier I 40 and then came back all the way across 3 lanes and rolled into the ditch on the right hand side of the road. Now this was on a Sunday afternoon on interstate 40 and traffic was heavy. I don't know how another car didn't hit this wheel. lol I put the spare on and headed on home.
To lose a wheel on the highway, either the hub/bearings fly off the spindle, or all the lug nuts come off the wheel. There is more to the story than just putting on the spare and driving home.
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Originally Posted by glacierbaze View Post
To lose a wheel on the highway, either the hub/bearings fly off the spindle, or all the lug nuts come off the wheel. There is more to the story than just putting on the spare and driving home.
You are correct G. The lug nuts came off, thus the wheel came off. I put the spare on with spare lug nuts from the tool kit.
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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post
Let's see the wheel came off after you launched the boat at the landing. It did not come off on the interstate where it could destroy your boat and kill everybody big enough to die!

Sounds to me like you had a lucky day. Count your blessings. Boat okay, trailer repaired, no one hurt. What you want-- BLOOD!
Great observation - you were VERY lucky!
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2 issues which both involved me getting wet.

Docking the boat at the courtesy dock to get the trailer. When I get ready to dock I setup lines and run them from cleats to the tower. When I step off the boat I pull the boat in, untie the line from the tower and tie it off. I usually do this pretty smoothly. One day, came in and stepped of the boat. Didn't have enough slack in the line and the wind was blowing across the dock so the boat immediately started drifting away from the dock. Held on to the line and it pulled me into the water. Felt like an idiot, but no harm done.

2nd time was coming in to trailer the boat at Oroville. The rangers were there doing a BUI enforcement day and this female ranger nosed her boat into the shore and left the power on a little to keep it nosed in. The wash from the motor was blowing right across my trailer. The ramp was narrow at that part but I tried to trailer the boat anyway. We got off center so I stepped over the bow and down on the trailer. Big mistake. Slipped and landed sideways across the trailer frame. Didn'y hurt too bad then, but over the next 3 days the bruise got darker and darker. It looked like I got hit with a 2X4 because I essentially did. Only, the 2x4 was stationary and I was moving.
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I was in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. One day, we awere at a boat ramphich was usually busy, doing some training on an engine powered drop pump. Here comes Mr. Go-fast boater complete with gold chains and a big boobed blonde. Big scarab, 350 dually tow vehicle, hot graphics on the boat and truck.
He sets up the boat for launching. Backs down into the water. Boat floats off and blonde ties it off at the dock. We notice the boat seems to be going down at the stern, so when he gets back to the dock we made mention of the stern is getting lower. he says "Oh, $hit, not again. We went over to the boat and saw water staring to come into the cockpit, so we got the pump and got the water out. Heanwhile, he says to Blonde " Didn't I tell you not to forget the drain plug?"
She says "Yes. I have it in my purse so I wouldn't forget it"
So, he gets the truck, pulls out the boat and goes home.
I have also observed 3 cars getting launched, one a relatively new Caddy Fleetwood, On a VW beetle (they dont float with the doors open).
One bassboat driven onto a trailer and the winch stand failed. Boat was 3' into the pickup truck bed.
Too many boats which would not start after launching
Too many oveloaded boats and/or no lifejackets on the small children
3 boats which were launched on the pavement before the trailer got to the water.

When I bought my first trailerable boat many years ago, a friend who was into the sport suggested going to a ramp and watching. He said learn by their mistakes, and take notes. The first time I stayed a couple of hourse on a Saturday. I went back the next day and brought some lunch and stayed 4 hours. There is no better entertainment anywhere and its free.
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Beam me up Scotty, theres no intelligent life here at the Boat Ramp....
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Boat ramp at south end of lake havasu AZ.....older lady driving a ford 250 launching at nice 20ft boat....stalled the engine backing down and couldn't push the brake pedal hard enough without the assist....she bailed out, in goes the truck...all you could see was the top of their bed mounted camper.....

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