While boating is an enjoyable stress reducing activity, sometimes just getting the boat into and out of the water at the boat landing is frustrating.
Over crowded landings and lack of preparedness by many boaters causes a lot of stress. Being prepared and using proper boat landing etiquette can reduce the hassle and frustration for you and for others using the landing.
If you are new to boating, consider practicing at the ramp during less busy times. This way you will avoid the traffic and distractions.
If it has been a while since you last used your boat, consider using muffs and start the engine on the hose before you leave. There is nothing worse than getting to the landing only to find you have a dead battery or other engine problem.
Load everything in the boat and secure the drain plug prior to heading out to reduce ready time once there.
Once at the landing, remove straps and load any other items from the car to the boat at the “make-ready area” of the landing. Don’t wait until you get to the actual ramp.
During launch and recovery, it is always best if one person can drive the boat and another drive the car. A little trailer backing practice in an empty parking lot will go a long way toward reducing headaches during the launch and recovery.
Try not to position the rig so that only you can utilize the ramp. Also, if you are alone, don’t dock your boat along the walkway where it impedes the use of the ramp by others.
Investing in properly fitting trailer side guides can be very helpful. Not only will it help line up the boat on the trailer during recovery, but it makes he empty trailer more visible during backing.
If you are meeting someone at the landing and do not have a trailer, do not park in spaces designed for trailers. Most landings have parking spots for cars without trailers. Or, consider meeting somewhere else and riding in with the boat vehicle.
On busy weekends and holidays, be sure to pack a lot of patience when heading to the crowded landing.
With a little practice and preparation, you can reduce the frustration for you and others and really enjoy the relaxing benefits of boating.
At Hanko Boats, we would be happy to not only help you navigate the boat buying process, but we can also help you to get the proper training and equipment to enjoy our beautiful waterways.