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BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES

Posted By: bobrfishes

BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/14/14 01:31 AM

UNLOADING AND LAUNCHING

A few simple guidelines that will make the time at the boat ramp shorter and more pleasant.

If you are a beginner almost anyone in line behind you would be glad to assist you.

Be courteous; everyone's always in a hurry. Ramp is open 24 hours.

1 Get in line - No one likes a line jumper.

2 During the dark, TURN HEADLIGHTS OFF - they blind everyone - park lights are ok.

3 Get gear and boat ready to launch before getting on the ramp.
If you need additional time wave others around but stay in line.

4 The most experienced driver should position the boat so the novice will only have to
back a short distance and pull straight ahead to park. (see #7)

5 Wait off the bank until your partner is ready to board.

6 If you are solo, unload, park your boat and move your vehicle & trailer off the
ramp as soon as possible.

7 Park Straight!!! Crooked parking wastes parking spaces and
increases the chances of the next guy running over your trailer.

7 Use caution leaving ramp. This can be as dangerous as a Shotgun Start.

LOADING AND LEAVING

If you are a beginner almost anyone in line behind you would be glad to assist you.

1 Drop the driver off at the ramp. If solo or with a novice, beach the boat, otherwise wait
off the bank while others are loading their boats and until your trailer is on the ramp.

2 During the dark LEAVE HEADLIGHTS OFF until you are off the ramp.

3 The experienced driver should position the trailer so the novice can pull straight ahead.

4 After loading, pull as far away from the ramp as possible to reduce congestion.
Do not turn headlights on until you are leaving.

Add your suggestions!




Posted By: papamark

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/14/14 01:48 AM

Do not park in the Turn around area for the Ramp
Posted By: Topwater2

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/14/14 01:48 AM

Just keep in mind that some vehicles can not turn their headlights off (Toyota FJ). They burn as running lights but are still bright enough to tick off others at the ramp.
Posted By: hvtexskeeter

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/14/14 02:09 AM

rule 8: If you have a vehicle that you cannot turn the headlights off, bring another vehcle, or cut the wires to the headlights before backing down the boat ramp.
Posted By: Topwater2

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/14/14 06:23 PM

Yeah right.
Posted By: Tyler.Woods

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/14/14 06:29 PM

popcorn
Posted By: outfishdya

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/14/14 11:48 PM

FJ has a module in the drivers side headlight that disables the DRLs. All FJ owners should disable if they use the ramps at night.
Posted By: outfishdya

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/14/14 11:51 PM

If you are in front of me on the ramp, hurry up. If you dont know if it is me behind you, it would be better if you just hurried up anyway
Posted By: KB1953

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/15/14 12:41 AM

Be courteous; everyone's always in a hurry. Ramp is open 24 hours.
Posted By: Red Eye Bandit

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/15/14 01:16 AM

Wish I could post this for all the people at Lewisville to read before they go to the ramp. thumb
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 11/30/14 04:13 PM

BUMP FOR LOW WATER
Posted By: coachallentca

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 11/30/14 05:25 PM

Originally Posted By: hvtexskeeter
rule 8: If you have a vehicle that you cannot turn the headlights off, bring another vehcle, or cut the wires to the headlights before backing down the boat ramp.


that's stupid!!! You go cut your lights on a brand new truck.
Posted By: Smurfs

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 11/30/14 08:16 PM

Originally Posted By: hvtexskeeter
rule 8: If you have a vehicle that you cannot turn the headlights off, bring another vehcle, or cut the wires to the headlights before backing down the boat ramp.
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Posted By: Smurfs

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 11/30/14 08:17 PM

Originally Posted By: outfishdya
If you are in front of me on the ramp, hurry up. If you dont know if it is me behind you, it would be better if you just hurried up anyway
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Posted By: ugotthatcash

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 12/01/14 12:40 AM

lol and all you guys with your chicken lights all over your decks,,bows,powerpoles,etc. Please dim them when unloading your boat,cause my partner has decided to remove his graph and installed a CB!!!! And sits at the dock looking for lot lizards to fish with lol. Causes congestion around unloading dock!
Posted By: john13usi

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 12/03/14 03:44 AM

Lets not forget that when your using a two lane ramp and both sides are in use dont back down in front of someone and then give them a dirty look because they cant get out of your way. "Not even if you drive a skeeter"
Posted By: 'Ole Man

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 12/05/14 04:45 PM

Some vehicles will disable the headlights/daytime running lights when the parking brake is set, you can set the parking brake just enough to disable the lights and still launch/pick up you boat.
Posted By: Fast Lane

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 12/06/14 01:29 AM

Rule 9. I am a grown man and will load & unload my boat as I see fit;)
Posted By: skeeter james

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 12/06/14 02:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Red Eye Bandit
Wish I could post this for all the people at Lewisville to read before they go to the ramp. thumb


I totally agree with you, except some of the idiots launching there are good for some serious laughs!!!
Posted By: WAWI

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 12/06/14 05:02 PM

First thing I would say, if you drive an FJ get rid of it. They are not cute no matter what your BOYFRIEND tells you. Next if in a tourney with a lot of boats launching and you are solo. If the wind permits just dump it and get a ride to it. Just about everyone out there is willing to give you a lift to your boat. It clears the ramp much quicker.
Posted By: FACSR

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 12/06/14 08:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Fast Lane
Rule 9. I am a grown man and will load & unload my boat as I see fit;)

+ 1
Posted By: MarcM64

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 12/06/14 11:20 PM

Rule 10. The next guy that YELLS at my wife to turn the headlights off will get an azz chewing!
Posted By: Nutman

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 12/08/14 11:58 AM

Since I can't tell people when and where they can fish & must allow them to move right in on top of me,,,,,,,do not tell me how to load & unload my boat.
Public water --- public ramp ......... I'm by myself ...... deal with it.
Then go have a great day of fishing coach flame argue
Posted By: Bass Bug

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 12/08/14 12:16 PM

no, I dont have any jumper cables, you shoulda checked that at the house
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 05/16/15 08:47 PM

Bump
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 08/04/15 04:20 PM

Re cycle
Posted By: Blayne Wallace

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 08/04/15 05:29 PM

Can't turn my headlights off because I have a 1999 Chevy Suburban...Tough luck fellas
Posted By: ddmm

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 08/04/15 05:42 PM

OH MY GOSH.....all these years I've been fish'n and just now learn'n that I'm not supposed to jack-knife my trailer on the ramp the get out of the truck with the hi-beams on, go and take all the straps off and put the plug in all the while the wife puts on her make-up before getting out of the drivers side! Didn't know everyone was in such a hurry??????
Slow down folks, life's to short to blow a fuse!
Posted By: Charles Fisher

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 08/04/15 05:52 PM

PLEASE POST THIS ON THE SKI BOATING FORUMS! Waited for 45 min to load up at twin points last weekend, and there was only 3 people ahead of me!
Posted By: John P085

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 08/04/15 07:19 PM

Originally Posted By: Blayne Wallace
Can't turn my headlights off because I have a 1999 Chevy Suburban...Tough luck fellas


https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081123014537AAWxLqF

google is your friend.
Posted By: Okie Poke

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 08/04/15 07:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Fast Lane
Rule 9. I am a grown man and will load & unload my boat as I see fit;)


You had better see fit correctly, then.......
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 03/08/16 04:14 PM

with so many tournaments going on I thought this was needed
Posted By: NjTexan

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 03/08/16 04:29 PM

Interesting read. Good tips with just enough comments from the poorly educated blended in to make it enjoyable to read.
Posted By: TxRanger1

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 03/08/16 06:21 PM

Rule # whatever is the next number: If you are in such a hurry, get there earlier. violin

Those all however are good suggestions or reminders.
Posted By: FSWITX

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 03/08/16 08:39 PM

OMGLoL, some of this is funny but also very true. Wouldn't it be nice if every time someone purchased and/or registered their boat, they received a copy of boat/ramp ethics. Not sure who's the worse, pleasure boaters or move-ins from up North. Oh well, only aggravating during tournaments, no that's lie, it's always aggravating!!! LoL
Posted By: DedShort

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 03/08/16 08:43 PM

When I was a newbie back in the day, everything always went really well unless there was a line. That is when I would get in a hurry and forget something or screw up somehow.
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/19/16 11:04 PM

Add to list of don't do's after this weekend's Sealy on Fork.
DO NOT CUT IN LINE ! ! !
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 02/24/17 03:27 PM

RE-BUMP FOR SPRING TOURNAMENTS
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 04/09/17 09:27 PM

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Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 05/22/17 04:03 PM

Bump after Legends
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Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 07/12/17 01:51 AM

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Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 10/14/17 10:13 AM

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Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/01/18 12:05 AM

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Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/01/18 12:07 AM

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Posted By: Frank the Tank

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/01/18 03:55 AM

Originally Posted By: WAWI
First thing I would say, if you drive an FJ get rid of it. They are not cute no matter what your BOYFRIEND tells you. Next if in a tourney with a lot of boats launching and you are solo. If the wind permits just dump it and get a ride to it. Just about everyone out there is willing to give you a lift to your boat. It clears the ramp much quicker.


roflmao
Posted By: flukeman83

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/01/18 07:57 PM

Originally Posted By: coachallentca
Originally Posted By: hvtexskeeter
rule 8: If you have a vehicle that you cannot turn the headlights off, bring another vehcle, or cut the wires to the headlights before backing down the boat ramp.


that's stupid!!! You go cut your lights on a brand new truck.


That is not stupid ..... that is REAL STUPID !!!!
Posted By: MV

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/01/18 08:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Blayne Wallace
Can't turn my headlights off because I have a 1999 Chevy Suburban...Tough luck fellas


did you try the parking brake trick couple clicks down
Posted By: crankbait 1

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/02/18 02:31 PM

On your 99 Chevy Suburban see if it has a push button labeled cargo light if so push it twice fairly quickly and see if that turns your head lights off. I have a 2000 Chevy pickup and that's how I turn off my head lights at ramp.
Posted By: Bass&More

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/02/18 03:35 PM

Originally Posted By: flukeman83
Originally Posted By: coachallentca
Originally Posted By: hvtexskeeter
rule 8: If you have a vehicle that you cannot turn the headlights off, bring another vehcle, or cut the wires to the headlights before backing down the boat ramp.


that's stupid!!! You go cut your lights on a brand new truck.


That is not stupid ..... that is REAL STUPID !!!!



popcorn peep
Posted By: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/02/18 03:37 PM

Originally Posted By: KB1953
Be courteous; everyone's always in a hurry. Ramp is open 24 hours.



popcorn
Posted By: coachallentca

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/02/18 05:45 PM

Originally Posted By: hvtexskeeter
rule 8: If you have a vehicle that you cannot turn the headlights off, bring another vehcle, or cut the wires to the headlights before backing down the boat ramp.


why don't you buy me a truck that the lights turn off? I will thank you later
Posted By: coachallentca

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/02/18 05:50 PM

Originally Posted By: crankbait 1
On your 99 Chevy Suburban see if it has a push button labeled cargo light if so push it twice fairly quickly and see if that turns your head lights off. I have a 2000 Chevy pickup and that's how I turn off my head lights at ramp.


I my 2004 Chevy truck I had to do something with the brake like tap it 3 times and it would turn them off. I can't remember for the life of me.
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 03/21/18 02:19 PM

BUMP
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 05/29/18 01:42 PM

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Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 08/29/18 01:35 PM

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Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 10/15/18 07:41 PM

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Posted By: SteezMacQueen

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 10/16/18 06:17 PM

Is this a real topic?

If you donít know how to get your boat in the water, just mail your entry fees to me. Iíll wind up with them anyways.
Posted By: GIG'EM AGGIES

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 10/16/18 06:22 PM

Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Is this a real topic?

If you donít know how to get your boat in the water, just mail your entry fees to me. Iíll wind up with them anyways.

I guess it is Steez, it's been going on since 2014. The OP is prolly in prison by now.
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 03/10/19 02:15 PM

BUMP
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Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/04/20 01:05 AM

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Posted By: machoblanco61

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 01/04/20 02:51 AM

Great info.
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 03/06/20 08:34 PM

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Posted By: InTheClear

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 03/09/20 03:57 PM

Originally Posted by WAWI
First thing I would say, if you drive an FJ get rid of it. They are not cute no matter what your BOYFRIEND tells you. Next if in a tourney with a lot of boats launching and you are solo. If the wind permits just dump it and get a ride to it. Just about everyone out there is willing to give you a lift to your boat. It clears the ramp much quicker.


I have way more respect for my boat and others to do that.
Posted By: FSWITX

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 03/13/20 02:09 AM

popcorn
Posted By: bobrfishes

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/02/20 10:30 PM

Bump
Posted By: Beak47

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/03/20 12:40 AM

And watch out for drunk ski boat owners trying to back down to load the boat they just bought at BPS. Had one of them nearly plow into us at Lake Lewisville. Slobbering drunk scary. Somebody in his party finally took over.
Posted By: pil,b

Re: BOAT RAMP GUIDELINES - 09/03/20 01:18 AM

Hell, just wait till suns up
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