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Old    Bret Rogers (bmr82)      Join Date: Jul 2008       08-01-2010, 11:59 PM Reply   
I think it's like this with everything, not just boating. We launch our boats on a regular basis, our lives revolve around boating. Some do this maybe a few times a year. Yeah, it's frustrating to see but comes with the territory I think. What is the saying, "focus less on the things you can't control, and more on the things you can"? I help out when I see someone struggling. I have towed numerous people back in, given up my gas reserves as well. Helped load and launch other people. It's not a big deal.

I do have a contribrution to the boat ramp horrors though. When we first moved into our new house our commuiny has it's own ramp but is really long andnsteep. I worried about the tow vehicle at the time not being able to get back out. So we used to go down the road to a public park with a ramp. Anywho, we were out all day it was getting dark on a Saturday night. There is a ton of people camping in the park, let me rephrase that, tons of trash in the park. Anywho, we my brother in-law jumps out to back the trailer in. We were next in line, so I am just idleing around to get lined up when he backs in. The truck in front of us is starting to back down and is doing a horrible job. Guy jack knifes the same way at least 5 times. So the fuzz comes over to investigate. Gets the guy out of the turck (whole time the truck and trailer are jack knifed on the ramp) gives him a blow test, then cuffs him and puts him in his patrol car. Next a buddy of that guy decides he will take over the backing of the trailer. As soon as the guy gets in the truck, fuzz is on him too. Same thing, he ends up cuffed and in the car. Then the GF takes a stab at it. Same thing, cuffed and in the car. The truck has not moved. THis is where is gets good. Another friend thought he would outsmart the fuzz by not getting INSIDE the truck to back it down. So this guy is standing on the running boards trying to back down the trailer. The fuzz takes him in too. Finally the guy who was driving the boat that was supposed to go on that trailer docks the boat and comes to back the trailer. Seeing the line of boats sitting and waiting for this truck to get off the ramp he allows the guy to back in and load the boat. Then arrests him. This all happened in about 45 mins time. It was frustrating but also very funny to watch.

On a side note. I paid a lot of money for my wetsounds to be loud and heard for long distances, but at the same time, I don't try to forcefeed my music on bystanders.
Old    Small Light (stephan)      Join Date: Nov 2002       08-02-2010, 10:24 AM Reply   
The best way to combat vulgar music is to crank your stereo as loud as it will go. The preferred music choice is great songs like "Little Bunny Foo Foo", "Wheels on the Bus" and a myriad of classic Disney tunes. People often come over to complain but you just point to the kids and say "they like Foo Foo, you like Lil Wayne, deal with it". Besides who doesn't like a few bars of "Hakuna Matata" blasting through the pro audio?
Old    Matthew Bird (ldr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       08-02-2010, 11:20 AM Reply   
Big heavy that is awesome, My dad's favorite is to blast the "somewhere over the rainbow/It's a wonderful world" while going by ski beach.
Old    Mike (mike3500)      Join Date: Jun 2008       08-02-2010, 12:08 PM Reply   
Excellent. One of my favorites is Careless Whisper by the great man hiimself, George Michael!

It gets me PUMPED!!
Old    Jon Matrix (jonnymatrix5)      Join Date: Jul 2010       08-02-2010, 12:32 PM Reply   
I swear, somedays it seems it would be fun to just grab a couple of lounge chairs and a cooler of beer and head to the local busy boat ramp for some entertainment!
Old    Chris (gravity)      Join Date: Jul 2009       08-02-2010, 12:34 PM Reply   
I like abba - dancing queen. always gets the looks.
Old    Ken W (kenteck)      Join Date: Jan 2005       08-02-2010, 3:43 PM Reply   
maybe they should come up with different lanes like.....

the first time lane.
the i have been here before lane.
the giant boat lane.
the fast lane, under 3 min launches.
Old    Seahawks #1 Fan Robert T (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-02-2010, 4:10 PM Reply   
then the people that had been once would think they could get in the 3 minutes or less lane.any the people wih giant boats would get in the 3 minute lane and so forth and so on. IT WOULD STILL BE A MESS.
Old    Razzman (razzman)      Join Date: Dec 2006       08-02-2010, 7:56 PM Reply   
Yeah and then you'd also need the "crap! i can't back down the lane" lane!

They should have valet launching, that would solve all the problems!
Old    Jeremy (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       08-02-2010, 10:08 PM Reply   
Razzman may be on to something.

If you haven't completed the "Boat back-in" course, then you have to go to the "assisted" launch. There they back you in, launch your boat with all your persons on board (no need to tie up to the dock), and they then park your truck. When it's time to get the boat out of the water, you pull up to the dock, a guy gets on board to pull your boat onto the trailer (you walk to the wipedown area, all other passengers remain on board) and another guy backs the truck in and they then pull the boat out and park your truck in the wipedown area.

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