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Old 06-09-2013, 12:06 AM
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power loading question

I have launched about a dozen times. On loading, I prefer to put trailer in and have top bunks completely submerged. I drive on, get with a foot and crank the rest. I have a 2011 x25 with matercraft trailer. No issues unloading as it slides off. Worried that driving within fully submerged with add scratches and struggles. Any words of wisdom guys?

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Old 06-10-2013, 12:56 AM
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You are really not supposed to drive on or power load. I always thought it was just because it was kind of dangerous, but when I retook my boaters license, I found other reasons. Mainly the prop removes all the dirt from right behind the ramp, creating a hole and then a shallow spot further out. I also read somewhere that spraying down the bunks every now and then with some "quick-wax" (the spray on/wipe off style) can help the boat slide off nice and smooth.
Here is some more info on power loading:
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/water_acc...erloading.html
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:03 AM
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You can drive your boat all the way on your trailer and it is the proper way to load. If you have the trailer in deep enough idle power is all that is necessary and completely fine.

Just don't "race your engine" on the ramp.

The DNR recognizes that some boaters are accustomed to power loading. However, it is preferable that boaters do not race their engines while on the boat ramp. Slightly more than idle speed should be all that is necessary to load and/or unload the boat. The best practice is for boaters to refrain from power loading and use the winch to load and unload their boat.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:41 AM
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This is simply not possible on some ramps.

The ramp I typically go to if I back in deep enough to let the boat ride up easily on the bunks it will go UNDER the bow roller.

If I pull out far enough to get the bow to go over the roller then the boat hits the bunks a good 3 feet back and has to have power to get it up.

Try to find a happy medium, but it's a PITA.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:59 PM
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You mean you can't do this at your local boat ramp?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bLAiLgPvJc
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:02 PM
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You mean you can't do this at your local boat ramp?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bLAiLgPvJc
Love that video.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:29 PM
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Grease up the carpet and watch the boat slide side to side on the curves. Seen it, no thanks. Also, the winch on my 85 pulls the front end down more than forward. You can back till the coupler is in the water and drift it on, or you can drive it. The winch does not move the boat forward the last few inches. On different ramps, your results may vary.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:56 PM
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I think on the older boats (your s&s) the trailers were designed to be loaded differently. On my 2002, and most of the newer boats, if you back the trailer far enough down to drive on at idle speed the boat can float to the side and over the fenders. Its much easier to winch it up a few feet.

Honestly everyone is just going to do whats easiest and since most of you dont use the ramps I do it doesnt really matter to me.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:15 PM
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I think on the older boats (your s&s) the trailers were designed to be loaded differently. On my 2002, and most of the newer boats, if you back the trailer far enough down to drive on at idle speed the boat can float to the side and over the fenders. Its much easier to winch it up a few feet.

Honestly everyone is just going to do whats easiest and since most of you dont use the ramps I do it doesnt really matter to me.
Exactly what I was thinking.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:41 PM
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You mean you can't do this at your local boat ramp?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bLAiLgPvJc
I would like to see him try that with a small amount of liquid roller on the bunks.
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