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  1. #1
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    Dock Ramp Ediquitte

    First off some basic ramp etiquette:

    Departing:
    1. Do all your loading of the boat either at home or in the staging area, not as the boat is being put in the water.
    a. Check if you have to remove your trailer electrical plug.
    2. Once your boat is in the water:
    a. Turn on your blower.
    b. Lower your stern drive.
    c. Unhook the strap and safety chain.
    d. Start your motor and back away and move a way from the ramp to the dock so the next person can have the ramp.
    3. Have your passengers standing by and ready to board.
    4. Depart the area at no wake speed.

    When returning:
    1. When approaching the landing / dock / ramp area make sure to come off plane prior to the no wake buoy. Remember your wake will keep going even though you are not.
    a. Turn on your blower.
    2. Drop off your driver to pick up the truck and trailer and let your passengers disembark.
    3. Back off the dock and wait on the water for the trailer to be placed in the water and load.
    4. Loading:
    a. Turn motor off.
    b. Bring up the stern drive to trailer position.
    c. Hook up safety chain.
    d. Hook up front strap, pull boat snug to bow roller.
    4. Pull far enough out of the ramp area so you don't block other loaders and start your check list for the ride home.
    a. If you took your light plug out, remember to put it back in.
    b. Do not wash our clean your boat while near the ramp. Other people are waiting to use it. Save it for your return home.

    It's not hard guys, but you would be so surprised at how many bone heads just don't get it..... Or maybe you do.

    What do you guys think about making copies of our list when we are finished and passing a few out on windshields at boat ramps when you go. Think education of the masses might help?
    2007 Yamaha FXHO Cruiser 2008 Yamaha FXHO
    http://www.condo.eworldz.com/

  2. #2
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    S.W. Ohio
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    Silverton
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    330 Sport Bridge
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    That's a good list.......most of the things you need to know to get through life are learned in Kindergarten.....be nice to others....respect others stuff...etc... etc.
    Silverton 330 Sport Bridge, Kohler 7.3KW gennie, 8'6" Zodiac 3.5merc
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    1992 Sea Ray 290DA
    1990 Sea Ray 220DA
    1989 Sea Ray 200 Bow Rider
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  3. #3
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    Add to it, if there are any other suggestions lets put them in there.
    2007 Yamaha FXHO Cruiser 2008 Yamaha FXHO
    http://www.condo.eworldz.com/

  4. #4
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    Boatless
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    Not trying to hijack your thread Richard but many of us have seen the ways NOT to do loading and unloading. Maybe some of those would be interesting also. One of the ones I always find controversial is "power loading".
    Former Sea Rays..... 1999 210SD ...... 2002 240SD........2006 260DA

  5. #5
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    Dec 2006
    Location
    Chester, MD
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    Sea Ray
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    2005 420 da
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    747

    Re: Dock Ramp Ediquitte

    Quote Originally Posted by STIHLBOLTS
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    4. Depart the area at no wake speed.
    May we please add: Return to the ramp docks at NO WAKE SPEED? (Sorry for shouting.) Thankfully, I don’t need to use boat ramps any longer; however I did use them for 10 years. One thing that always got under my skin would be the hot shots that would race back to the ramps and drop down from 50 to idle speed right at the no wake buoy. Why don’t they understand that their boat may slow down but guess what? - the large wake keeps on going.

    Very frustrating to be loading and have the boat lined up just right on the bunks or rollers only to have it repositioned by some dumb dumb’s wake.
    Jim
    05 420 DA “Carissima”
    Cummins 480CE’s
    Kent Island, Maryland


  6. #6
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    I power load on concrete ramps and soft load on others. Its a controversial issue for some folks.
    2007 Yamaha FXHO Cruiser 2008 Yamaha FXHO
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  7. #7
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    Unplug the lights before backing into the water. I quess I'm still old school about backing into the water with the power on.

    Previous Boat:
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  8. #8
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    Many trailers now have the 5th prong that unlocks the surge brakes. Also the newer trailers are getting the completely sealed LED lights that don't have the same issues that earlier lights have.
    2007 Yamaha FXHO Cruiser 2008 Yamaha FXHO
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  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by STIHLBOLTS
    I power load on concrete ramps and soft load on others. Its a controversial issue for some folks.
    Richard... Care to explain for us newbies? Thanks.
    Greg

    2007 185 Sport 4.3L
    "Second Chance"

  10. #10
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    Greg,

    Power load is when you power your way onto the trailer once it is set on the bunks you give a little gas to push your boat up to the trailer. If you are on a concrete ramp no problem if you are on a soft (sand) ramp than doing this will put a nice size hole in the area and enviormental guys get pretty angry.

    Personally we never power load even on concrete ramp. We drive it up in idle and kick it into neutral as we get close to the bunks. I usually park the bunks in the water deep enough that I can coast most of the way, then clip the hook, and winch it the remaining couple of feet. Never really see the point of doing it (power loading).

    Wesley
    Wesley
    2006 Sea Ray 185 Sport; 4.3L 190HP
    Alpha One
    Charlotte, North Carolina


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