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Old 19-01-2007, 12:56   #1
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Question Boat ramp antics

Ok, who's got a funny (or sad) (or tragic) boat ramp story?

Me? Personally I've never messed up on the boat ramp! *fingers crossed behind back*
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Old 19-01-2007, 13:03   #2
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A bit early for new stories. Ask me after opening day of salmon season. I will try to get some photos.
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I have seen a couple of fairs sized power boats laying on the concrete ramp because they were not secured before pulling away. One submerged pickup. Backed in too far, hit the throttle instead of brake or something. I suspect beer was involved.

Not right on the ramp but related is the story I heard from the fuel dock on a large lake. A new Bayliner type boat pulled in and asked if anyone could dive on their new boat. When they took it for a test drive, it ran like a striped assed ape. Then they bought it and brought it here. Even at full throttle they couldn’t get it up on a plane, much less tow a skier.

Attendant put on a mask and jumped into the water. Firmly secured to the hull of the boat was the trailer.

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Old 19-01-2007, 13:56   #4
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When I was on a lake in Indiana, our marina was right by the public ramp. Everyone always looked forward to the 4th of July because of all the people trying to pull their boats out after the fireworks. It was most always our prime entertainment spot though. Seen everything from fights to submerged vehicles.
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George, I have a sneaking suspicion that is an urban myth. I have heard the story. Still, it makes for a hell of a story
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Whats the difference between an urban myth and a sea story? A sea story starts this is no bull S**t.

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Old 19-01-2007, 15:01   #7
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Watched a gut try to back his 16' runabout into the lake for launching. He kept getting hung up and spinning his wheels. (gravel boat ramp) after three attempts he decided to take a run at it. He had the outboard lowered... Once the lower unit busted off it went right in! (Couldn't see what the toruble was from my vantage point or I would have told him)
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I did not see this myself but my buddy did witness it. On Lake Texoma, the marina High Port is where all of the wealthy people launch/keep thier boats. While by buddy was walking back from the dock he saw a husband in a truck instructing his wife who was driving the boat (40'+ Fountain). The boat was partially loaded but still about 3-4 feet from the front bow stop. The wife was trying to ease the boat to the bow stop, the husband must have thought she should have been quicker about it. After repeatedly screaming "give it more gas" she did. The wife eased the boat back a little off the trailer and then put both engines in forward and proceeded to give it full throttle. After the boat stopped (the bow ened up in the bed of the truck busting the back glass) she killed the engines, managed to jump down, and said "it's f#$%ing loaded". He didn't say a word.
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i have actually seen a guy launch his boat with the trailer tyed underneath it and motor it across to an island so he could use his boat all over the island, looked pretty cool with the motor screaming away and the boat doing about 8 kn]
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My father-in-law had a 14' Larson runabout for many years. One time we launched it without putting the plug in. Parked the boat and trailer and came back to find it VERY
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My father-in-law had a 14' Larson runabout for many years. One time we launched it without putting the plug in. Parked the boat and trailer and came back to find it VERY low in the water. He thought the self bailer would work if we got her up to speed. The little 35
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My father-in-law had a 14' Larson runabout for many years. One time we launched it without putting the plug in. Parked the boat and trailer and came back to find it VERY low in the water. He thought the self bailer would work if we got her up to speed. The little 35 and high altitude meant there was not enough power to even leave a wake. No electric
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