As a boaties you would be well aware of on ramp delays, so we suggest the following ethics to be the speedy launching and retrieval of your boat.
Following these guidelines will assist a smooth traffic flow and avoid causing unnecessary irritation to other ramp users.
Power loading and unloading of boats is not only inconsiderate and damages ramps but is prohibited!”. (Explanation: Severe erosion at the end of the ramp is caused by the scavenging action of prop wash resulting in damage to the ramp and drop-offs that can damage trailers).
Before launching your boat
When launching a boat, ensure you have your boat prepared prior to attempting to launch the craft:
bung in place
all personal gear, food and clothing on board
outboard support bracket and tow flag removed
your ramp permit displayed on your vehicle
Launching your boat
When launching a boat
While the driver reverses down the ramp, someone else walks beside the vehicle holding the painter (bow line) prepared to push-off the boat from the trailer.
Move the boat to the jetty or clear of the ramp as soon as possible.
To clear the ramp area, the person on foot can walk the boat around the offside of the jetty.
The driver parks the vehicle and trailer, and returns to the boat.
Retrieving your boat
On return to the ramp from a day's fishing on the lake:
Approach the jetty or beach.
If possible drop-off a person to retrieve the vehicle and trailer. Back the boat away into the lake.
Wait for your trailer to be positioned on the ramp.
Load on the trailer.
Drive away from the ramp to prepare for departure, and the placement of lights etc.
Sales Manager: Graham Carter P: 07 8551833 M: 021 02600437 E:
W: www.fishingoutdoors.org P.O. Box 10580, Te Rapa, Hamilton 3240 Facebook