Once you arrive at the ramp, there are steps to take to ensure that you protect your safety while preventing damage to your boat or PWC. As a courtesy to others on a busy boating day, take as many steps as possible before positioning your trailer on the ramp.
- Check to ensure that no damage occurred on the trip to the ramp.
- Remove supports, raise lower unit, remove tie-downs, and ensure the winch is properly attached and locked into position.
- Check that the drain plug is in and secure.
- Disconnect trailer lights.
- Attach a line to both stern and bow (to grab while launching).
- Take a look around for hazards to your tires and vessel such as broken concrete, spilled oil or gas, and steep drop-offs.
- When proceeding down the ramp, stop before your towing vehicle’s rear wheels reach the water.
- Have a companion hold onto your boat’s bow and stern lines.
- Disconnect winch hook and line from bow and when companion is ready, lightly push boat off or slowly back off trailer.
- Lower the engine, run blowers, check for fuel leaks, and start motor.
- If others are waiting to launch, finish loading boat away from ramp.