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CrappieMagnet
05-25-2006, 10:41 AM
I know from time to time there can be some down right bad mannered people at the boating ramps,especially on busy weekends like this weekend coming up.Last year,I was in line for over 2 hours trying to get launched.One family had a trailering problem on the ramp tying up 2 of the 3 ramps.They were one of the first trailers there that morning,they backed up and one of their rollers broke off their trailer preventing it from being totally unloaded.I was 11th in line.They had almost everyone in front of me cussin' them out.You could tell they were inexperienced,and probably only got out once a year.I know they were embarrassed about their screw up,as would I if it had happened to me.

You would think someone out there would do a video on how to properly load and unload a boat.Probably checking out all your equipment before your boat leaves the garage should be applied also,but as we know...$h*t happens.

I also saw 3 guys duking it out over ramp rudeness about 6 years ago.

What have you come across while at the ramps?

SwampHunter
05-25-2006, 11:01 AM
For the most part it goes pretty smooth around here. You do get a few that are new to it and don't have a clue, but we try to be nice to them too. If someone happens to break down like the folks you talked about then I try to help them.
Etiquette goes both ways. Those folks that get mad because someone spends an extra 2 minutes getting the boat unstrapped should head back to the house. Normally they are the crybaby type that won't have fun in the first place and then they try to ruin the day for everyone else they come in contact with.

Litebite
05-25-2006, 11:07 AM
For the most part it goes pretty smooth around here. You do get a few that are new to it and don't have a clue, but we try to be nice to them too. If someone happens to break down like the folks you talked about then I try to help them.
Etiquette goes both ways. Those folks that get mad because someone spends an extra 2 minutes getting the boat unstrapped should head back to the house. Normally they are the crybaby type that won't have fun in the first place and then they try to ruin the day for everyone else they come in contact with.WELL SAID SWAMPHUNTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;)

REDBOAT
05-25-2006, 11:19 AM
Patience: The capacity of calm endurance. We are out there to relax right!?

SwampHunter
05-25-2006, 11:29 AM
Patience: The capacity of calm endurance. We are out there to relax right!?

Yep, and have fun. Never had fun when I was always mad at the world for not being ablle to luanch right when I pull up. Having patience and helping out and not becoming part of the problem goes along ways to having fun.

CrappieMagnet
05-25-2006, 11:35 AM
Hey I agree,that it's best to help out to keep the ramp moving,however you are bound to get hung up somewhere along the line.Some people wait till they launch to load their boat with their stuff from their vehicles.They should have done that while waiting their turn.The average time to load/unload a boat is around 5-10 minutes...but as we all know,it's more like 10-15 or longer.Car/top style boats are still popular up in Minnesota.

SwampHunter
05-25-2006, 12:16 PM
Hey I agree,that it's best to help out to keep the ramp moving,however you are bound to get hung up somewhere along the line.Some people wait till they launch to load their boat with their stuff from their vehicles.They should have done that while waiting their turn.The average time to load/unload a boat is around 5-10 minutes...but as we all know,it's more like 10-15 or longer.Car/top style boats are still popular up in Minnesota.


And the veteran boaters know this too. You either get ma about it, change your luanching times, don't go or just accept it and enjoy the day. :D

willsjwills
05-25-2006, 05:48 PM
was fishing tenn-tom last sunday. i got back to the ramp, ready to load up and go home. the ramp is a two holer with tie-up piers on both sides. i pulled up to the outside of the pier and tied up, got on the pier and walked up to my truck. while i was backing down the ramp, some kids pulled up to the ramp on a pontoon. put the bow of the boat right up on the ramp that i was backing down. i noticed one kid, about l6 years old, give me the bird. i didn't say anything. i had room to put my trailer in the water. i got out of my truck with my trusty cane and proceeded down the pier to my boat. pontoon still in the way. as i approached the pontoon with my cane, the kid said,' we'll be out of your way in a minute, sir". he even offered to help me get my boat on the trailer. i guess people do have a conscience after all. catch a lot of crappie!!!!!!!!!!

Rod
05-25-2006, 09:58 PM
I used to be very anal about having to wait for some one at the ramp who was inexperienced or moving awful slow. I always got my boat ready off the ramp never made any one wait for me and expected the same from everyone else. I pulled a trailer regular during the week and could back up or down any thing with just a glimpse of a mirror until.... an incident with a boat trailer with a bent tongue that taught me that sometimes the harder you try to hurry the worse it gets. Talk about embarrassed finally had to launch in the middle just to get out of the way. To top it off some of the guys that I normally fish with were behind me and saw the whole scene, anyway now I just try to assume that they are having a worse day than me and need a little space, this is the guy that really needs to unwind. I still hate to see someone being rude but as long as they are not loading a jet ski I try to stay out of their hair.

Rod

fishin
05-26-2006, 08:06 AM
The ramp we use will be nuts this weekend with a wait of 1 - 2 hours in and out at times. We just try to have a good time waiting to get on the water and help out where we can.

J White
05-26-2006, 11:06 AM
One helpfull hint :D you might want to try and load onto your own trailer...
I backed down a double ramp one day beside some guys who were trying to
load a big cuddy-cabin boat - I found out later they had something broke
in their steering - about the time I get backed in and stop, the driver guns
it and shoots all the way over onto my trailer cross-ways - I briefly had a
devilish little thought about pulling it to the top of the ramp for him, but
decided my little trailer couldn't handle the load. :D

Heard one the other day too, about a fellow who was so distracted he
launched and took out down the lake, clean out of sight, leaving his rig
idling on the ramp. :) The guy who told me about this, said they just parked
it for him and left the keys in it, said they thought about hiding the truck and
trailer, but decided the man must have enough problems in his life already...

kmb411
05-26-2006, 11:27 AM
I have seen a few fights, arguements and even in one once. I had loaded the boat, and all the tie down areas where blocked. So I pulled in to the beach parking area to tie down. I was not blocking the road, just a corner hanging out. My wife was emtpying the rods, coolers and kids. Some punk pulls up and starts cussing me like a dog. I tell him to tone down do to the kids around. He threatens to hurt me physically for blockeing the whole (*^% parking lot. His girl friend or wife asks him to get in their vehicle. He doesnt, and approaches me.

I told him to calm down before he get hurt, of course he does not listen. It was priceless when my 120# wife told he to HALT. You see, her best friend Mr. PPK was pointed center mass. The little red dot of her lazer sight caused him to pee himself.

The best part was when the park ranger cuffed him and a dozn or so witnesses pointed out the he had threatened us.

To this day she will not tell me if she would have pulled the trigger or not.

Remember: people like myself tend to bring our guns to their knife fights.

gooch
05-26-2006, 11:31 AM
We had a guy launching one morning on the White River and I offered to help him unload. Well he got pi**ed and told me to mind my own business. Well it took the guy forever to get his gear loaded and the boat unstraped. We didnt say a word while he was doing it. He finally got his gear ready and was ready to back into the river when another guy waiting to use the ramp asked if he would like him to back the old truck and boat in or help scotch the tires. Again the man got pi**ed and told him to mind his own business. Well the guy backed the boat into the river got out and jumped in and fired the boat up and just as he started to pull the boat off the trailer the parking brake failed and his whole rig rolled into the river. It was freezing and there was nothing that he could do to stop it. No one said a word, instead I jumped in our boat and my buddy backed me in and we lauched right over the top of his car. You could see it cause it was still dark out and his headlights were still on under water. You should have seen the look on that old crotchety mans face when we left it was priceless.

sccamper
05-26-2006, 05:14 PM
Priceless!!!

bowdenja
05-26-2006, 05:57 PM
kmb411............. I like your wife and ain't even met her!

Worse thing that happen to me was putting in one day with my dad.......... a long time ago.......... Dad unhooked the boat while I loaded what we already hadn't put in........... He started backing in and I grabbed the tie-rope. I ask Dad if he has unhooked everything, and get the look and a "YES!", so I give the rope a yank to start the boat off the trailer............. it's NOT unhooked at the bow:eek: ............the rope was one of those that stretch a little.
I looked like guy in those old B&W superman shows, kinda suspended in mid-air and well I found out how cold, deep and muddy the water at the ramp was.

Bad thing was....... I came up for a breath, the Governor of the state was looking down at me from his boat a little wet from the belly flop I just did. For a 16 year kid it was not a pretty scene.

I think that story of a 6' 250 pound flying kid doing the belly flop on a cold March morning went around the lake for a few years........... Man I am glad camera phones, camcorders and disposable camera had not been invented yet!

Since then I have always been nice and helpful to anyone I see with problems at a boat ramp. AND I always double check the bow hook:D

john

JimmyZ
05-26-2006, 06:22 PM
it's more like 10-15 or longer.Car/top style boats are still popular up in Minnesota.

Man, doesn't anybody duck hunt. I can have waders on, boat launched, truck parked, dog take a dump, and headin out in under 5 min. Have to beat that sun up and all the other hunters. I can't imagine waiting in line for two hours. :eek:

SwampHunter
05-27-2006, 07:07 AM
Man, doesn't anybody duck hunt. I can have waders on, boat launched, truck parked, dog take a dump, and headin out in under 5 min. Have to beat that sun up and all the other hunters. I can't imagine waiting in line for two hours. :eek:

I duck hunt. In fact it's my main life line. Not a single day goes by without thinking about duck hunting at least half of the day. Yes I am obsessed. I started hunting when I was 5 years old. Never missed a season. Started guiding when I was 15 and done that up until I wasn't physically able. I carve decoys and work with alot of outdoor companies.

We have adapted to a different style of huning over the to where we don't have to get up as early on most days. The lines do get long here, bu I don't guess I have ever been on the ramp for 2 hours.

JimmyZ
05-27-2006, 12:24 PM
I know what u mean. I have kind of a compulsive disorder when it comes to duck hunting. Thank God for fishing though. Gives us a chance to be out during the rest of the year. Weekend duck hunting gets busy, but have not
seen a true duck hunter take more than 5 minutes at a ramp in the morning.


My dream day in the fall. Duck hunt in the morning. Then go crappie fishing. Then get an afternoon duck hunt in. :D I do this for 2 weeks in the fall.