Tech Talk - HOW TO Launch & Load a Boat SOLO

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Tech Talk - HOW TO Launch & Load a Boat SOLO

In this episode of Tech Talk we are joined by Sportsman Gulf Coast Regional Sales Manager Daniel Robinson who is giving pointers on launching and loading a boat solo. What once may have been a more nerve racking ordeal can be made a lot easier with a few extra steps and the confidence to do it solo. Gone are the days of needing to bring someone along in order to go fishing, if your buddies stuck at work you don't have to dream of fish, get out there solo and catch some fish.

May 28, 2024
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Michael Cheser
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Launching and loading a boat by yourself can seem daunting, but with the right preparation and steps, you can do it efficiently and safely. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process smoothly.

Preparation at the Boat Ramp

1. Pull Off to the Side: When you arrive at the boat ramp, pull off to the side to allow other boaters to launch and load their boats. This ensures you're not obstructing the ramp while you get ready.

2. Load Your Boat: Before launching, load your boat with all necessary safety gear, equipment, lines, fenders, and your drain plug.

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3. Plan Your Launch: Determine which side of the boat ramp you’ll be using. Install your lines on that side for easy access. For example, if you’re launching from the port side, have your lines ready on the port side of the boat.

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4. Position Your Lines: Make sure the lines are easily accessible on the gunnels for quick deployment.

5. Check Your Battery: Before you leave the boat to get into your truck, ensure the boat's battery is on. This will save time and prevent any delays when you’re ready to launch.

Preparing to Launch

6. Unhook Safety Chain and Loosen Winch Strap: Before you back the boat down the ramp, unhook the safety chain and loosen the winch strap. This will allow the boat to float off the trailer when it’s in the water.

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7. Position Your Truck and Boat: When you’re next up at the ramp, line up your truck and boat carefully. Before you exit the truck, make sure it’s in park and the parking brake is engaged.

8. Launching the Boat: Back the boat into the water until it floats off the trailer. Make sure the boat is close to the dock for easy boarding.

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9. Start the Engine: With the boat in the water and batteries on, trim down the engine, start it, and gently back the boat away from the trailer.

Loading the Boat

10. Return to the Ramp: After a day on the water, head back to the boat ramp. Line up your trailer in the ramp for loading.

11. Slow and Steady: When loading the boat onto the trailer, remember to take it slow and steady. There’s no rush, and other boaters will understand the process you’re going through.

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12. Secure the Boat: Once the boat is on the trailer, hop out and winch it securely onto the trailer.

13. Final Checks: Pull the boat out of the ramp and park in a safe spot to perform final checks. Remove the drain plug and secure the transom straps to ensure the boat is ready for transport.

Ready to Go Home

14. Secure Belongings: Before heading home, make sure all personal belongings are safely secured inside the boat or your vehicle.

Launching and loading a boat by yourself requires some practice, but by following these steps, you can ensure a smooth and safe process every time. Remember to always prioritize safety and take your time to avoid any mishaps.