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#12734038 - 04/27/18 09:38 PM Fall overboard/re entering the boat.
H2ODawg67 Offline

Registered: 04/07/17
Posts: 349
Loc: Kansas
I just posted on a thread and was talking about falling in. I know the water is warming up and not as much as a threat as in winter but thought I would share this. I have done this more times than I care to mention, but I don't recall this being mentioned in all the threads I have read about getting back in the boat. Anyway, I have grabbed the shaft of the trolling motor,stepped on the lower unit of the trolling motor, stood up, and grabbed the head and pulled myself in. Last time (and i hope last time) I did it was last year and I was 50. Hope this tip may save a life.
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#12734040 - 04/27/18 09:40 PM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
Chasin Hogs Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/22/08
Posts: 2875
Loc: Earth
I usually grab the ladder I'm sight fishing with for my YouTube channel.

#12734057 - 04/27/18 10:04 PM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 10252
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Good tip right there.

#12734134 - 04/27/18 11:47 PM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: Chasin Hogs]
beeflover Offline

Registered: 01/01/05
Posts: 410
Loc: eagan, mn
I got a trolling motor on my recliner but I didn't think about the ladder.

Good input!

#12734183 - 04/28/18 06:37 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
Kisndismis Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/14/09
Posts: 743
Loc: Kingwood, TX
I stepped up on the hydrofoil and used the valet switch one time. I had to swim to the boat that drifted off, it might have been what saved me as when I tried to get in first time, old shoulder injury popped shoulder out of socket.
Watch it happen, make it happen, or say what the hell happened. Capt. Phil Harris F/V Cornelia Marie RIP

#12734201 - 04/28/18 07:11 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
Jobucko Offline

Registered: 06/06/11
Posts: 120
I added a nice boarding ladder to my boat for this exact reason.

#12734203 - 04/28/18 07:12 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
cactusrat Online   content
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Registered: 04/09/18
Posts: 577
Loc: Mathis, Texas
Tipped over in a canoe, yes. Fall out of boat, no.

Edited by cactusrat (04/28/18 10:52 AM)

#12734318 - 04/28/18 08:56 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
Bruce Allen Offline
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Registered: 06/11/06
Posts: 2331
Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
hoping the wind will drive the boat up on the bank or at least shallow water while this fat guy holds onto it. Pulling up out of the water without incredible arm strength is a tough challenge. And now with an artificial shoulder it is never going to happen.

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#12734326 - 04/28/18 09:25 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
gut hooked Offline

Registered: 02/24/11
Posts: 400
if you can get a foot hold on the lower unit, use the trim on the motor to lift you up and climb a disclaimer, i haven't done this myself, i heard about this on a B.A.S.S. video

#12734341 - 04/28/18 09:42 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
Big Kahuna Fishing Offline

Registered: 05/21/17
Posts: 464
Loc: Mcgregor, Texas
Last year I went in on a windy day.
Just what Gut Hook said.
Foot on the lower unit, used the trim switch to hoist my
fat butt back on the deck.
Living the American Dream in central Texas !

#12734342 - 04/28/18 09:44 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
Fish AKA Jerry Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 6682
Loc: Happy Place
I use a rope with large loop knots tied into it for steps. I tie it to a cleat and use it when launching by myself and just leave it while fishing. I have tried to get back in the boat standing on the lower unit and trimming the motor up. It was very difficult for me. It tilts you away from the transom.

Edited by Fish AKA Jerry (04/28/18 09:45 AM)


#12734356 - 04/28/18 10:07 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
bronco71 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 1547
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
....boarding ladder, I've had one on the back of all of my bass boats.

#12734411 - 04/28/18 11:35 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
361V Offline
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 5221
Loc: somervell county
Good idea. People always post about using your trim button on your motor, standing on the skeg and “simply” riding the motor up. It is an option but I can attest that it is way harder than it sounds and virtually impossible if older/weaker. As I get older I know the day will come that getting back in WHEN I fall in in winter will be a true emergency. I’ve gotten in on some of the little jackplate ladders and even they can be way harder than you think. Don’t wait till a cold winter day and 40 degree water to try YOUR plan! I have the factory Ranger folding ladder on the transom that are simalar to the after market pic posted by Jobucko above. This is absolutely the best plan especially for older fishermen. Mine is as easy as, well, climbing a ladder. Never think twice about jumping in for a quick cool off in the summer.

#12792958 - 06/15/18 10:02 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
Jake Blood Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/06/08
Posts: 501
Loc: Fort Worth
I have a whale tail thing on the back of my boat.. it is like a step... works perfect.

#12792977 - 06/15/18 10:19 AM Re: Fall overboard/re entering the boat. [Re: H2ODawg67]
heybaylor Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 1824
Loc: Lake Fork
8 inch jackplate , fastback champion
friend couldn't reach the boat,, so we pulled him in
next week had a boarding ladder.

good advice to see if you can board from the cav plate /trim switch.
before you have too.

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