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Waylonh
03-30-2006, 02:08 PM
I usually fish by myself. However, I can't help but feel kinda bad when I load/unload my boat. I have to get the trailer in the water, start the engine, beach the boat, walk back to the truck, and park the truck. I usually hold up the line if there is one. Hey, i'm by myself, so what can you do? Why are people so impatient?

Just remember guys it's tough being by yourself loading, unloading a boat!

herb
03-30-2006, 02:42 PM
Waylon, you're in the same boat as me. There's not much you can do differently. A guy can hurt himself if he gets in too much of a hurry. I launch and load as fast as I can and still be safe. And I really don't think most others have a problem with me, cause they know I'm alone and trying to hurry.

misfit
03-30-2006, 02:51 PM
just do your best,and don't fret the rest:)
i also do alot of fishing alone,and try to be considerate of others when launching/loading.i don't/can't move too fast these days,but lucky for me,my boat is easy to handle.i get held up by others more than i hold anyone up.i can get in and out quicker than some of the 2 man teams i see.i just let it slide off,tie it off out of the way,and drive out in a couple minutes.drive on,climb out and drive away just as quick.i just make sure everything's rigged and ready beforehand,which is what alot of folks don't do.the ramp is no place to load/unload boat,truck,gear,tie boat down and/or a friendly bs session:rolleyes:
those are the ones who get on your nerves:mad:
i've yet to have a problem with anyone due to me holding things up at the ramp,and there are times when others even offer help,as i do to other lone boaters:)

Moose1am
03-30-2006, 02:52 PM
Hey guys I am in the same situation most of the time. A lot of peole fish by themselves for various reasons.

There are ways to speed up the launching of a boat by yourself that are safe and effective.

If you take a long 100ft rope and attach it to your trailer or truck and the other end to your boat you can back the trailer into the water and have the boat float off and out into the lake. Simply park the truck on the ramp and get out and pull the boat to the shore. Park the boat out of the way or on the side of the ramp and go park the truck in the parking lot. If there is a courtesy dock you could get in the boat and go dock it and then go get your truck off the ramp.

Using a long rope to lauch the boat is safe and easy Unless your boat won't come off the trailer easily without using the boat motor.




I usually fish by myself. However, I can't help but feel kinda bad when I load/unload my boat. I have to get the trailer in the water, start the engine, beach the boat, walk back to the truck, and park the truck. I usually hold up the line if there is one. Hey, i'm by myself, so what can you do? Why are people so impatient?

Just remember guys it's tough being by yourself loading, unloading a boat!

gooch
03-30-2006, 02:59 PM
If folks are really getting on you about it just put on a pink speedo and a gorrila mask next time you launch. I guaruntee no one will say a word to ya. Otherwise dont worry about it.
I would also reccomend that if the launch is busy just ask somone to hold your rope for ya when your unloading or ask em to pull you out when done. Most folks out there realize whats up and are glad to help. Those that dont will help to just to get you out of the way. Good luck.

Bones
03-30-2006, 03:38 PM
I don't get upset with the unloading part. It's the prep before unloading. If a man waits til it's his turn in line to remove his straps and transom saver..yada..yada then i get upset. Never once have I been impatient with a person backing their boat in the water if they were prepared to do so when the time came.;)

Moose1am
03-30-2006, 03:56 PM
I am the same way. Heck I'll offer to help them if they are having trouble.

I can launch my boat by myself pretty quickly as I have been doing it for 26 years now.

I am lucky as I have a pickup truck and I can jump into the truck's bed and then into my boat easily. When I get a bit older and can't do that anymore I may have to launch another way.

It's a good thing that most retired folks (older folks) can fish in the middle of the week. LOL I enjoy fishing during the middle of the week when I have the lake to my self practically.


I don't get upset with the unloading part. It's the prep before unloading. If a man waits til it's his turn in line to remove his straps and transom saver..yada..yada then i get upset. Never once have I been impatient with a person backing their boat in the water if they were prepared to do so when the time came.;)

dmbutler47
03-30-2006, 04:10 PM
i agree it is the prep that people do while sitting on the ramp, people need to do that before and after. It also p***s me off when there is a 2 boat ramp being taken up by one yahoo!!!

anchorpuller
03-30-2006, 04:30 PM
I do the solo thing too most of the time. I've always got everything ready to go when I back down that ramp. Like others have described, I just jump out and pull the boat to the shore/side and tie it off, then park the trailer.
The only time I've screwed up is once tied off too loose. The back of the boat swung under the dock between the ramps and took up the ramp next to me. The guy there was able to launch but had to push my boat back so it wouldn't bump his. I apologised and he was very gracious and didn't voice any complaint at all.

Launching or trailering isn't a problem to me.. but getting that ole Seahorse to start takes a little time. I have to choke and choke and choke...usually a five minute ordeal. Once it starts it runs like a scalded dog. Thank goodness and my friends at crappie.com, I have a trolling motor to get me away from the ramps and out of everyone's way while I fight the horse.

It's in the shop now, getting a much needed servicing. Maybe it won't be so hard after I get it back. :)

jfraley
03-30-2006, 06:09 PM
I fish alone a lot so I am in the same situations as many of you. I think I do it pretty fast. I have done it faster that two men before, but I try to get in and out quick and mainly because I am eager to get to the hole. Having said that, I cannot stand the guys that pull to the top of the ramp to put everything away and secure their boats. They need to get the H*ll out of the way and pull to the end of the lot so other boats can pull out.

ceb
03-30-2006, 07:44 PM
If folks are really getting on you about it just put on a pink speedo and a gorrila mask next time you launch. I guaruntee no one will say a word to ya.


Man, has anyone said to you "boy, you just ain't right"?

I think I'd kinda like to see that though. It would make some good blackmail material. LOL.

crappie fisher
03-30-2006, 10:07 PM
I have the same complaints as everyone else but also I hate the ones that take up the whole boat ramp thats made to launch 2 boats :rolleyes: .Then want to load or get everything ready or talk to there buddy :mad: .I load and unload byself and can usually do it pretty quick but some people just dont care about nobody but their selves.

Marshrat
03-30-2006, 10:12 PM
I don't have a problem with the guy that is by himeself launching. My problem is when someone blocks the launch and then takes 30 minutes to load/unload and stap/unstrap right in the ramp. That is just plain disrespectful for the next guy that has everything ready to go.

I for one get out of the way of the ramp and get everything in my boat before getting to the ramp, that way when it is my turn to launch it only takes a couple of minutes and I am out of the way. If someone else gets there before I am ready to put the boat in, and they are ready I will be glad to let them go before me so as not to hold anyone up.

The biggest thing is respect for the next guy.



Warren

Rod
03-30-2006, 11:10 PM
Guys I wouldn't worrry about being slow, your concern shows that you are being considerate. I always tell myself when I am waiting at the ramp that I am sure that that fellow is just as anxious to go fishing as I am. On the other hand 2 guys removing thier transom saver and straps while I am waiting takes a little away from the relaxing that I was planning with a day on the water. Just my opinion.

Rod

gone_fishing
03-31-2006, 04:49 AM
I too do it fast if there are a lot of people there you can also float the boat and have someone take you too the boat. Most fisherman would gladly do that than to have to wait for you.

Castoff
03-31-2006, 05:02 AM
Yeah, really had it with guys like you. Least you could do is just disconnect all your lines and backup fast, slam on the brakes and let your boat go scooting off the trailer, and out into the lake somewhere. You only need to ask someone [who is in a big hurry] to get it for you. ;)
Relax and enjoy. Really, if what you are doing is what you expect someone else to do, you are doing it right! Besides, the guys in such a hurry could have been up a few minutes earlier so they could make someone else uncomfortable. :D

driller
03-31-2006, 05:20 AM
I can see the launching ramp from my house, so I wait until it isnt busy, drive over and take my own sweet time launching. I dont fish much on weekends, but if I intend to, I will just leave the boat tied at my dock for a couple of days.

Wiskers
03-31-2006, 06:53 AM
Most of us do some fishing alone. I understand what it takes and have no problem with that. I do have a problem with the fella that takes up the ramp while he's taking stuff out of the truck and putting it in the boat. Or like the guy the other day that launched from the middle of a double ramp (blocking both sides) and then left his truck parked in the way while he took a 30 minute test drive of a boat he was thinking about buying. When he got back he was bombarded, by 8 truck loads of fishermen! Got pretty ugly, but cooler heads prevailed.:D

Slipbobber06
03-31-2006, 08:02 AM
I also fish alone at times and if you get your equipment ready to go and unstrap your boat before you back down the ramp, things go pretty quickly. I also tie off to my trailer with a 70' rope that makes it easy to pull your boat in and put it out of the way while you park your trailer. I've seen many guys want to completely load the boat after they have backed down the ramp which really po's everybody trying to get on the water. If they would just use common sense it would make it better for everyone.

gabowman
03-31-2006, 02:48 PM
As long as you'reaware that you're by yourself and others are waiuting they know you'll do the most effeciently as possible. Heck, when I'm by myself I still probably load/unload faster than most bass fishermen do when there are two of them. :rolleyes:

JustBob
03-31-2006, 03:03 PM
Do you think that anyone who clogs up the ramp ever reads forums like this? Or would recognize themselves? Surely not. I can understand being a novice at launching and taking a while and not getting everything ready before launching but a considerate person ought to figure that out pretty quickly. That guy test driving the boat, what was he thinking?

Deacon
03-31-2006, 03:55 PM
Any time I see someone launching by them selves and I am able I will take the rope or even pull up the truck for them and move it till they can come and park where they want.
That's what makes fishing different than most other sports. How many times do you see people passing you in a car and wave?
It seems like people wave a lot or nod while passing in a boat.