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Old 05-14-2013, 10:05 AM
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Boat loading made easy. We have loaded and unloaded this way for 30 years.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:30 AM
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While it may work for you, your lucky you havn't had an accident. I would never leave the motor in gear and walk away from the helm.

Having said that, you should look at a device I had on the trailer for my Mastercraft ski boat. Its a boat buddy trailer guide, it has a spring loaded latch that will engage and go through the eye on the bow once engaged, basically its the same as hooking your winch to the boat then pulling out. I could load that boat in 10 seconds flat and be gone from the ramp in 20 seconds.

No offense, just saying that looks dangerours to me, you have a lot of faith in the bow roller with the motor throttled up.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:41 AM
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The other problem with power loading is that you're digging a hole right behind the prop and creating a ridge (from sand, gravel, rocks, etc) behind the hole.

Some dude rolls in after you and drops his trailer in a hole and the skeg/prop catch bottom.

Not a fun way to start a day of boating.
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While it may work for you, your lucky you havn't had an accident. I would never leave the motor in gear and walk away from the helm.

Having said that, you should look at a device I had on the trailer for my Mastercraft ski boat. Its a boat buddy trailer guide, it has a spring loaded latch that will engage and go through the eye on the bow once engaged, basically its the same as hooking your winch to the boat then pulling out. I could load that boat in 10 seconds flat and be gone from the ramp in 20 seconds.

No offense, just saying that looks dangerours to me, you have a lot of faith in the bow roller with the motor throttled up.
I would agree...We do the same on most smaller boats except for 1 difference the driver gets out of the vehicle and tightens the winch after the captain power loaded it on the trailer. We don't even go as deep as the vid either. Nice in the winter no wet feet.
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I would think all that prop wash would degrade the bottom of the ramp and make it a hazard for folks with longer trailers that may have to or accidentally go deeper than the concrete at the bottom / end of ramp. I guess its cool though that your wife or boating buddy doesnt have to walk the whole 9 feet to the back of your rig to winch you up.
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I can't reach the winch from inside the boat. I can barely reach the bow eye.
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Really ?? Wrong to power load.. wrong to lean over the bow while power loading... winch strap is rolled on wrong, it should come from the top, not the bottom.
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Really ?? Wrong to power load.. wrong to lean over the bow while power loading... winch strap is rolled on wrong, it should come from the top, not the bottom.
Thought the same thing at first but then realized I dont know where OP is from. Straps roll on backwards in Australia. Has something to do with being south of the equater.
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Thought the same thing at first but then realized I dont know where OP is from. Straps roll on backwards in Australia. Has something to do with being south of the equater.
Never heard of that one..
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
Thought the same thing at first but then realized I dont know where OP is from. Straps roll on backwards in Australia. Has something to do with being south of the equater.

They really are the same, it is just that theirs are upside down so they seem the opposite.
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That is so wrong on so many levels....can you say "dis-instructional"
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Some of us have to power load - thats right, we have to.

If I put my trailer far enough in the water to float on - the current takes it right off the ramp, and my truck is in the water over the exhaust.

Small river(s), strong current, 6-7' tide swing with not so steep ramps = powerload or lose everything.
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
Thought the same thing at first but then realized I dont know where OP is from. Straps roll on backwards in Australia. Has something to do with being south of the equater.

Yep, just like the toilets spin backwards when flushed south of the equator.

I power load but not the kind where you barely get the boat on the trailer and then blow a bunch of prop wash. I just run the boat up onto the trailer with a little power until it hits the bow stop. At that point the bunks hold it in place. I bet my winch strap hasn't been out more than a foot in years.
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Nothing like a good YouTube video promoting the wrong way of doing things. Luckily WillCFish has THT to correct him. Maybe he will make a new video showing safe and sensable loading at the ramp.
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I use only enough throttle (as little as possible) to help it slide up the bunks as I crank it.
The spare tire is in the right place for my situation.
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I would never let my wife back my trailer up. That's the first mistake.

Personally, I back my trailer in, just until the back of the bunk is wet, so most of it is exposed still. Then I get back in the boat, do a bunch of figure 8's at speed right in front of the ramp, then come in screaming and hit one of the waves I just created and "jump" my boat onto my trailer.

I never thought of taping it and putting it on the interweb though. I'll have to do that this year.
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240 - thats similar to what I do. The older gent that used to own my boat snipped the bow rail and installed a set of stairs to the trailer. I slide her on with the motor until I am about 1' shy of the bow roller, take it out of gear, safely climb over the bow onto nice expanded metal steps, winch the boat on.



100% safer than getting into the water on a slippery ramp in a swift current.

I can load in 1-2 min with the wife, 3-5 min by myself - and that includes backing the trailer...
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With the exception of powering with too much power , what's wrong with power loading ? I wish more people would learn how to do this . I can load and b gone in 2 min . Alone . Not like some of these "fellow ramp users".(to be civil about it)Who make life,for everyone else that would like to use it in the next few hours, very frustrating.I know, we all had to start somewhere,but man common sense just doesn't come into play some days ,at least at the ramps I use.
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With the exception of powering with too much power , what's wrong with power loading ? I wish more people would learn how to do this . I can load and b gone in 2 min . Alone . Not like some of these "fellow ramp users".(to be civil about it)Who make life,for everyone else that would like to use it in the next few hours, very frustrating.I know, we all had to start somewhere,but man common sense just doesn't come into play some days ,at least at the ramps I use.
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I don't trailer here, but the boat I had in Ft. Pierce we did...everybody at the ramp loads this way including us. The driver of the truck gets out and just tells the driver of the boat when to stop. then a couple of cranks and we are done....
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