Yes, boat ramps can provide no end of amusement - as long as it is not your rig.
My favorite is watching folks who think it is clever to back down the ramp
with the hook off the bow eye. The idea is to back down to the water
, then hit the brakes, allowing momentum to pull the boat off the trailer. But in the process of backing down something happens - someone walks across the ramp
, dog or child runs across - and the brakes get hit early, launching the boat onto the dry ramp. Pretty funny
. A close second is floating a boat onto the trailer and not hooking up the hook to the bow eye - halfway up the ramp the trailer pulls out from under the boat.
Another favorite is watching someone back down too far, where at low water
the rear wheels fall off the end of the ramp. With rear wheel
drive it is pretty easy to lose the car to rolling backwards - the spinning wheels have no effect. Not as extreme but more common is backing the trailer wheels off the end of the ramp, launching the boat but making recovery difficult.
And let's not forget the fireworks show: towing a boat with mast
up into a power line over the parking area. It makes perfect little round holes in the aluminum mast
, and the molten aluminum
droplets vaporize the deck gelcoat
where they land, leaving the bare glass fibers. (don't ask)
But don't let this put you off - just get a good instructor.