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Old 03-07-2013, 03:31 PM
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Boat Launching Tip

We all have our own methods of launching our boats. One way is to float it off, and another is sort of a power launch. I am starting to think that launching a boat "dry" so to speak, is not great on the gelcoat. Unless you float the boat, and get water between the bunks and gelcoat, there will be a lot of friction, because the carpet takes a while to get soaked. I now drop my boat in, with the winch hooked up. Float it slightly, then pull out to where the very top of both fenders, (maybe 1")are above water. I then unhook and drive the boat off. When loading, I always soak the bunks, completely. A few seconds more, but if you are launching several times a month, has to be easier on the gelcoat.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:34 PM
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I float off and basically float on (winching less than a foot). Luckily the ramps I normally use are at an angle that makes it easy for me to do this.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:56 PM
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I float on and off also, easier for me to do it that way


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Old 03-07-2013, 03:58 PM
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Power off and power on baby! My boats 30 years old and I presume this has been the method of launch and retrieval for all of that time, and the gel looks just fine in those areas.

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Old 03-07-2013, 03:58 PM
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I float off and basically float on (winching less than a foot). Luckily the ramps I normally use are at an angle that makes it easy for me to do this.
Same here! Did this for years with my fishing boat now with the wake boat.

Funny though ive had many people tell me at the launch "hey you do know that trailer is designed so you can drive the boat on". I just say yeah but I'll like to float it on. I still get some bunk marks but not near as bad as I would driving on.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:07 PM
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I use this as my guid on how to not do it


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Old 03-07-2013, 04:10 PM
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I float on and off. Have someone take her to the end of the dock with a rope to wait and at the end of the day glide her in and winch it up a foot or 2. People love to powerload at my lake and look at me like I'm nuts.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:15 PM
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When I launch, I back it in far enough to start and once the driver nods that it is running, I back in a little further for a modified drive/float off. Always drive it on.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:15 PM
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I float off and power on. Been doing it for years.

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