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West OC Ramp Questions - Where to Lay Boat Up to Drive Truck???

Old 07-12-2019, 07:05 AM
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I've checked out the west oc harbor ramp in passing by the area a few times and I was surprised to see how short the docks are around the ramp, surprised given all the larger boats being launched out of this ramp. I have a 25' pilot house and on low tide i'd be sending the boat out past the ramp off my bunk trailer. When i'm launching with buddies this isn't a big deal as i'll have someone driving the truck and me backing the boat off. That said, when its just me, my wife and my two toddlers I have to do it all while she tends to the kids. Is there a dock somewhere I can lay the boat up while I drive the truck up and out of the ramp/grab the truck and back down? I looked and it didn't seam to be one I could lay up on. Educate a west oc ramp rookie. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:32 PM
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Are you sure? I had to help someone with an emergency pick up there cause he could not make it back to Ocean Pines and I thought there was like 50ft from the water's edge on the ramp out to the end. Was the tide really low?
The side all the way to the west is shorter though the internal ones are longer.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:44 PM
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Are you sure? I had to help someone with an emergency pick up there cause he could not make it back to Ocean Pines and I thought there was like 50ft from the water's edge on the ramp out to the end. Was the tide really low?
The side all the way to the west is shorter though the internal ones are longer.
I mean I could've misjudged it but it certainly wasn't 50' from water's edge when I have looked twice now. I know the first time I looked it was pretty low the second time I looked I honestly just glanced as it was my anniversary and we were eating at Sunset. Both times it looked like i'd need to back the boat off and lay up somewhere to move the truck unless I just scooted over which i'd hate to do given it'd be taking up both ramp spots even if for a short while. That's a busy ramp wouldn't want to have to rely on taking up two spots (one with trailer and one with boat) even if for a short bit!
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:03 PM
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I used to have the same situation with my 25 Parker. I just tied up at the ramp and ran up to grab the truck and backed her down. Took just a few minutes as long as you're good weaving around everyone.
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:09 PM
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I think you will be able to launch solo at low tide. You may stick out a little when you tie up to haul truck /trailer out and then park. Try getting a 10-14’ length of dock line and put loops on both ends. One loop will go on bow cleat and the other over the winch stand. Back the boat down so the boat floats off trailer. Lift the loop of winch stand and use this to secure boat to short floating dock while you park truck/trailer.

I launch out of there weekly and never had an issue but I always have someone operating my truck while I am on the boat. It can get crowded at 5 pm on a weekend so you may want to avoid high useage times if doing this solo.
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Old 07-14-2019, 05:36 PM
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Hey the way most normal fellow boaters look at it as long as your not dicking around while coming and going at the ramp take the time you need to get it done safely.the oc ramp is no problem to launch and retrieve just tie up pretty Tight to the pier and watch your hull side the ramp is steep so you can back under most trailer boats while tied unless real low water.
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You need to be careful around the aluminum toe rails on those walkways. My boat bow will ride over them and rub on those corners at certain tides if I’m not careful.
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Good info on this thread thanks for those who've contributed! Looking to make my first offshore run this weekend not sure yet whether it'll be out of OC or IRI yet.
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