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Old 12-07-2012, 01:42 PM
mlawler34 mlawler34 is offline
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Originally Posted by Jerseydave View Post
On steeper ramps (like ours) I put the trailer in deep so my suburban's tailpipe is just starting to blow bubbles, then I float it on and winch it the final 1-2 feet. I usually have someone in the back of the boat as I pull out to make sure it's centered between the guide poles. Most of the time it centers itself pretty well.
I am doing the exact same thing. Both ramps that I use are steep. The only way to do it is back in deep. I am not comfortable power loading and I refuse to do it because I have seen first hand in Michigan what it can do to the ramps.

I have also had the problem where the bow comes in and is not above the boat buddy or roller, due to the water level this year and the fact I ran out of ramp (thank you power loaders). This will sound kind of crazy, but its actually not that hard or straining. In this situation, i winch it right up to my bow roller, then i put on shoulder underneath the picklefork and gently lift it up over the roller as i winch it the rest of the way. Honestly, really easy even with my back issues.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:54 PM
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Previous owners of mine power loaded. And the bottom of the boat has the scuff marks to prove it. Additionally, the boat Nevada handbook specifically says not to do it, since doing so can build up a ridge of silt/mud to wing props on when approaching the ramp. I vastly prefer the float on method.
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