Quickest Way To Launch A Boat By Yourself

One of the most difficult parts about a solo fishing trip can be the part where you launch and load your boat by yourself. This is a process that can be very frustrating when not done properly. And it can cause a lot of unnecessary stress given that there are often other anglers waiting for you to get finished so that they can launch. In this video, I show you tips that make launching and loading a boat in the water by yourself much easier. You can see the full article here: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/easiest-way-to-launch-and-load-boat-by-yourself/ Tips for Launching a Boat by Yourself 1. Attach a Long Rope to the Front of Your Boat 2. Have All Your Gear Ready Before Launching Your Boat 3. Do a Hard Stop to Help Your Boat Slide Off the Trailer Tips for Loading a Boat by Yourself 1. Tie the Boat Off at the Back of the Dock and Back Your Trailer Straight Down the Middle of the Ramp 2. Get on Your Boat, Untie the Rope and Give a Small Shove Off the Dock 3. Drive the Boat Up the Trailer and Attach it to the Trailer Winch Do you have any questions about this tutorial? Have any tips we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below! For more info about the biggest boat ramp mistakes, click here: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/top-5-boat-ramp-mistakes/ Tight Lines!

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One of the most difficult parts about a solo fishing trip can be the part where you launch and load your boat by yourself. This is a process that can be very frustrating when not done properly. And it can cause a lot of unnecessary stress given that there are often other anglers waiting for you to get finished so that they can launch. In this video, I show you tips that make launching and loading a boat in the water by yourself much easier. You can see the full article here: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/easiest-way-to-launch-and-load-boat-by-yourself/ Tips for Launching a Boat by Yourself 1. Attach a Long Rope to the Front of Your Boat 2. Have All Your Gear Ready Before Launching Your Boat 3. Do a Hard Stop to Help Your Boat Slide Off the Trailer Tips for Loading a Boat by Yourself 1. Tie the Boat Off at the Back of the Dock and Back Your Trailer Straight Down the Middle of the Ramp 2. Get on Your Boat, Untie the Rope and Give a Small Shove Off the Dock 3. Drive the Boat Up the Trailer and Attach it to the Trailer Winch Do you have any questions about this tutorial? Have any tips we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below! For more info about the biggest boat ramp mistakes, click here: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/top-5-boat-ramp-mistakes/ Tight Lines!

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Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
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Dave's Range
Dave's Range - 3 months ago
it's called a bowline knot
Lonnie Stevens
Lonnie Stevens - 3 months ago
Great video. Now I know how to do it! Thank you. And thank you for keeping the language clean. Some of these videos I caint watch because of languge. GOD BLESS
Larry Weeks
Larry Weeks - 3 months ago
Please tie off the bitter end of the line. Begging for trouble.
Billy Dailey
Billy Dailey - 3 months ago
Why didnt you use the rope to put it back on the trailer like you did unloading?
Danny Kimbro
Danny Kimbro - 3 months ago
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Antonino Antonioli
Antonino Antonioli - 3 months ago
What’s that knot called?
Tks
Rick Brauer
Rick Brauer - 3 months ago
Rope? That's not a rope. You're using it on your boat, so it's become a 'docking line'. (just having fun is all!)
Shawn Evens
Shawn Evens - 3 months ago
That knot is called a draw hitch.
Guy H.
Guy H. - 3 months ago
Good video. Thanks. For those of us in cold water environments (my case VERY cold) I think that it might help to put your knot on the front tie down on your truck. Where did you get that tie down for your tailgate? VERY useful! BTW, you're lucky to have piers to tie off of on. Ha ha ha! Thanks again
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 3 months ago
Thanks Guy! That tie down actually came with my truck when I bought it... seeing those boat cleat tie downs in the bed of the truck was a big reason I bought that particular model:)
Range Man
Range Man - 3 months ago
Best way to get a free truck wash, is to trust a FORD to stay in park, and not use a wheel chock.

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MrGbustamante
MrGbustamante - 3 months ago
MrFuckface2013 well most boats will yank that cleat right off the tailgate, or bend the tailgate in half if your cleat is securely through bolted. Easier and safer way is to tie off to the trailers front upright where the winch is
MrFuckface2013
MrFuckface2013 - 3 months ago
why not tie off to the tailgate?
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 3 months ago
Thanks for adding in the tips! Yes, we'll make a similar video for larger bay boats soon to show to tips for bigger boats that are not as easy to launch as the smaller skiffs.
Mike Rouse
Mike Rouse - 3 months ago
Awesome. No come to my lake and do it with no dock or decent ramp. I wish we had better facilities around my area
Stop it 5 5
Stop it 5 5 - 3 months ago
Wouldnt it be better to unhook n push the boat off after is in the water I have a AR210 bigger then this boat n I can easily push it off the trailer myself after is in the water I don’t see the point of Hooking up the rope to the Truck there a way better way to lunch a boat then hitting the brakes so it can push off that’s not to safe just saying this from working at Yamaha boats for 14 years
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 3 months ago
Pushing it off manually is surely a bit safer. And it's definitely the better way if at a crowded ramp. The rope shoot off method shown in this video is just a bit faster because you don't have to even tough the boat until you pull it up to the dock after it's floated off of the trailer.
David S
David S - 4 months ago
Knot is called a daisy chain
Trent Robey
Trent Robey - 4 months ago
I will have to remember this next time I'm going out
Tommy Young
Tommy Young - 4 months ago
The bidest problem is most people don't know how to back a boat ! This is the funniest part at boat ramps!! Hahaha
East Coast
East Coast - 4 months ago
It's a 'line', not a rope (when you are on the water, captain)
Ian
Ian - 4 months ago
It's an Incline not a Decline. Decline means to refuse. Hope this helps.

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James Autry
James Autry - 4 months ago
the knot looks like a safety knot for tying horse leads
licensedtwochill
licensedtwochill - 4 months ago
No doubt rinsing your gear helps with corrosion but nothing beats Never-Seez on those lug nuts, it's the first thing I do with new trailers.
FULANO MENGANO
FULANO MENGANO - 4 months ago
Time to grease that that steering wheel, TEACHER
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 4 months ago
That'll be covered in a different video:)
FULANO MENGANO
FULANO MENGANO - 4 months ago
If you need this video to teach you how to launch your boat i would really like to record you taking out your boat
DJ Allen
DJ Allen - 4 months ago
I've seen a boat slip off that way before too!
DJ Allen
DJ Allen - 4 months ago
With my flats boat, a scout 162sf, it's easy but with my Dusky 252, it's a beast to launch solo lol!
Mr00destruct0
Mr00destruct0 - 4 months ago
I couldn't disagree more with your methods. once your boat leaves the trailer you have no control over it until you come tight on the line again. Any number of circumstances could delay your trip from drivers seat to bow line. You should not let your boat clear the trailer uprights until you have your hands on the bow line that way there is always a controlling influence on the vessel.Tie your bow rope so that your boat does not clear your back of trailer up-rights. Someone tied to starboard of your vessel on the floating pier I'm sure would not appreciate that launching method.
This Is Me Can’t u see It’s a CZ
This Is Me Can’t u see It’s a CZ - 4 months ago
Great Advice
Clean Rip
Clean Rip - 4 months ago
Great tips thanks
Richard Umstead
Richard Umstead - 4 months ago
Getting it off of the trailer is easy but getting back on can be hard if there is a lot of wind and you have a cap on the truck.
Usually the back end of the truck is over the water and to get off of the trailer and into the truck to pull out means that you have to have boots or get your feet wet.

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robert esek
robert esek - 4 months ago
Great video...
Joe H
Joe H - 4 months ago
Just untie it and back up really quickly then hit the breaks.
Ben Lyons
Ben Lyons - 4 months ago
Brakes*
BBBYpsi
BBBYpsi - 4 months ago
In Michigan there is no power launching or loading of any kind allowed. Also you have to pick one side of dock or other cannot launch in middle of two docks. I leave the winch hook on & go to my two cleats & tie them on poles then undo both chain & winch clip. Then go back & tighten ropes to how I want them.
Jeason Gagnon
Jeason Gagnon - 4 months ago
I spray my trailer rust prone parts with a water pump bottle.
MrJohnnyArcher
MrJohnnyArcher - 4 months ago
Great tip!
This would work for smaller boats (20 ft and under)
The English Gentleman
The English Gentleman - 5 months ago
Instructions unclear, sank car.
ROSSER B WEST
ROSSER B WEST - 5 months ago
Luke, I launch in salt water but always try to keep my axle out of the water. How often do you have to change your wheel bearings?
TheJustina102085
TheJustina102085 - 5 months ago
Line, Line! Haha not rope
Changsoo Hahm
Changsoo Hahm - 5 months ago
If boat is too heavy the boat may pull the truck into water?
Wayne Lutterman
Wayne Lutterman - 5 months ago
What an idiot,
Jason Cooper
Jason Cooper - 5 months ago
You block the ramp by tying up where you did. With a five minute time frame depending on where you park you could have some irritated people waiting to launch.
Jason Cooper
Jason Cooper - 5 months ago
@Salt Strong thats understandable. Most of the ramps I use have 2 lanes so as you can imagine they back up easily. I posted my comment saying to the viewers, "dont tie up right there". But then again some ramps dont have the space to dock your boat anywhere else. I see people tie up like that all the time at our nicer ramps with plenty of dock space and it kills that lane. But then again these people are loading coolers, floats, and other bullshit once the boat is in the water.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 5 months ago
Just like pretty much anything involving shared space, it's all about being considerate of others who are also in need of using the same shared space. In this case, there were 4 other lanes that were not being used and not a single boat in line to claim any of those other spots. We actually just pulled it right back out after filming the launching tips, so there was def no irritation at the ramp from the creation of this video. We'll be sure to make a video about that boat parking topic specifically soon.
T'airn'KA
T'airn'KA - 5 months ago
Simple, quick and effective if done safely.
booostedtc
booostedtc - 5 months ago
Good video I just got a boat yesterday frist boat took it out had some problems. I think I had trailer to deep and 2 should you trim up or are you in deep enough water that your fine
MFN 1119
MFN 1119 - 5 months ago
Do you ever have your truck on 4wd to pull a boat that size out of the water or not really necessary ?
MFN 1119
MFN 1119 - 5 months ago
Salt Strong i have a 2018 Silverado 1500 no 4wd. And I’m looking into a 19ft mako skiff. Many years ago had a bad experience with a 19ft jet boat and a dually. Plenty of power to spare. But back tires kept spinning no matter what we tried and couldn’t pull the boat out of the water. Tires were not in the best condition so that could have been it. Someone finally tied our truck to their trailer and pulled their boat , out truck and boat off the launch ramp. So always have that experience in the back of my mind while shopping around for boats. Any ways thanks for the reply. First video I see. But enjoyed it. And subscribing.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 5 months ago
Using 4wd is generally not necessary when pulling most boats out of the water unless it's low tide and the back wheels are on the slime-coated cement. So I do not mess with putting it in 4wd unless it's very low tide and there is either a lot of slime or dead grass on the ramp.
Jon Smith
Jon Smith - 5 months ago
On my truck lug nuts and studs and on trailers I use wheel bearing Grease. And I've never had a rusted, stripped or broken stud since doing this. I also use wheel bearing grease on a living room cylinder heads installing spark plugs just the same as anti seize but more plentiful and cheaper. I always try adding some grease to the bearing buddies on the boat trailer since it's always backing into water. Before unloading disconnect the boat trailer plug or a fuse will possibly blow. And I don't advise WD-40 or sprays like this except on door locks. Here's an example new engine cylinder rods in Ziploc bags with coffee filters with oil always worked excellent no rust. I thought I would use WD-40 on another set on a motor I was building. First time I changed a while later the rods have rust on them that have WD-40 in airtight Ziploc bags with coffee filters to keep the WD-40 wet. WD-40 Bad mistake luckily the rod journals didn't have rust on them just the sides of the rods. I will use WD-40 on a stuck bolt or nut but not to store or protect metal at all.
Kevin HeyMan
Kevin HeyMan - 4 months ago
Give "CorrosionX" a try.
Mike Wells
Mike Wells - 6 months ago
I use hard grease on my wheels, lug nuts and studs. doesn't look to nice but keeps the rust away. besides, its at the boat ramp most of the day after launch anyway. I would have to wash the wheels twice, launch and return.
Daniel Holland
Daniel Holland - 6 months ago
I pull my 24’ party barge/fishing boat into the water and click my I-pilot remote and drive my boat out away from the dock and hit anchor. Boat floats (in place) till I walk back. AND loading I pull to the dock back away with remote and then pull down get trailer lined up and lock it down and drive off! U guys with ropes and chasing the boat along the dock... screw that.
CHIPPO FISHING
CHIPPO FISHING - 6 months ago
good video, the winch/crank brace looked like a lot of sideways play / loose????
I just put out a similar video from central north carolina. Just started my channel before christmas this year (weekly videos year round fishing for crappie) just subscribed to your channel which has some great tips
262 Fishing
262 Fishing - 6 months ago
If you have the option, you should tie your boat to the other side of the dock so somebody else can launch while you're parking your truck.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 6 months ago
Yes, being considerate to other boaters/anglers is always important.
Warren louisiana
Warren louisiana - 6 months ago
Hi might I ask what brand of boat u have? It nice,,,
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 6 months ago
It is a 17 ft Maverick HPX-V

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jamie leigh
jamie leigh - 6 months ago
whats a good size boat for two adults and two kids fishing inshore?
RSLewis
RSLewis - 6 months ago
Since you tied the boat that way you wouldn't have to worry about the wind direction honestly.
ShipMonster
ShipMonster - 6 months ago
Lol this would never work up here in North FL. Our ramps have strong cross current and cemet sides. By the time you got out to get the rope your boat would already be in the wall. You need someone on the boat up here.
RSLewis
RSLewis - 6 months ago
I live in jax. Get some bumpers, bro.
Seth Henry
Seth Henry - 6 months ago
I’m looking into getting a boat by summer. This will be my first boat. Good video and information
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 6 months ago
So glad to see that you enjoyed this boat launching video!
Robert Meyer
Robert Meyer - 6 months ago
Fenders help and Don’t for get to unplug your trailer lights
Robert Daniels
Robert Daniels - 6 months ago
I always put my tailgate down and use it like a step.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 6 months ago
That's a good idea! Thanks for sharing.
Steve
Steve - 6 months ago
I unhook the bow before I back down the ramp since I have a bunk trailer, not rollers. And I use the rope trick except my rope is tied to the bow stop on the trailer and cleated to the boat. I just un-cleat the line and toss it back over the bow stop on the trailer. There are permanent docking lines on the boat. When recovering, I throttle mine right up to the bow stop and leave it in gear. I then move to the bow and lean over to get the hook on the bow eye. I don't agree that it's not safe to leave it in gear since I don't get off the boat. Depending on the tide, there are times when it will not require being left in gear, but there is a big diff in tides at my ramp and the ramp itself is only so long. So, this is my technique. I understand that many marinas will not allow you to power-load. Been doing it that way for 20 years. 9,000 pound 29' Center Console, so it's just about impossible to winch it up a bunk trailer.


I coat my wheel bearing lugs (and most other wetted surfaces not aluminum or heavily galvanized) with either waterproof grease or Fluid-Film. But it only delays the inevitable. The salt always wins. I just try and stay in the game for as long as possible.
Jason Gilmore
Jason Gilmore - 6 months ago
Wow I was always told to throttle it right into the winch. Lol
single looken
single looken - 6 months ago
for safety best not u nload boat by yourself! one these times he go see his truck slide in water slim on se-ment, some one allways in driver put drive befor slide best! ive seen alot trucks slide in lake! make sure have two people! saftey! everythang else SR TY!!!
kimmie koolbeans
kimmie koolbeans - 6 months ago
I’m always striving to be the best Dock Wench I can be so thank you for this video.
Jackson Helsloot
Jackson Helsloot - 6 months ago
Move the vessel further back to end of dock, then tie off, make room for next boat on busy days
drbankston
drbankston - 6 months ago
Or tie off on the outside of the finger
Jimmy Alisna
Jimmy Alisna - 6 months ago
That is a way they tie horse's to for EZ release
George Doolittle
George Doolittle - 7 months ago
with no anchor pole in the boat this is totally crazy. more important than any piece of fishing gear...as with "never launching quickly" of course..
Ten Millimeter
Ten Millimeter - 7 months ago
Minn Kota and others make Blue Tooth / GPS systems. I don't know where you've been for the past 10 years, but you're out of touch with technology
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 7 months ago
I don't understand the reason for this comment... was there any point in it that said anything about trolling motors?
AC Designs
AC Designs - 7 months ago
Great tip!!!!!
Zac vaper
Zac vaper - 7 months ago
I agree with just about everything you demonstrated except for a couple things. I have a big boat, not a baby boat like your's, so the first thing I do is check the wind. I then back down right next to the dock that the wind is blowing into. I do this so the boat will be right next to the dock and I just have to step in. I do the same when I pull the boat out also. When done for the day, the boat will be tied to the downwind side of the dock, then I back the trailer right down to it. I never use the middle of the ramp; only idiots do that. Think about it, why put your trailer in the middle where you can't reach it from the dock? Only mentally challenged people do that! Another thing a boater, especially one with a heavy boat, should NEVER do is, crank the piss out of the winch when still on the ramp incline. You can actually hang the boat and then when you pull the boat onto the flat, you can snap the strap. Always wait til the boat is on level ground, to crank it up tight. Hooking the safety chain as shown in the video is fine and that's all I got to say about that.
CG Berken
CG Berken - 6 months ago
Also a reason why I prefer roller trailers when challenged by a low tide, shallow ramp launch boat launch.
CG Berken
CG Berken - 6 months ago
Having run boats for over 50 yrs in fresh and salt water, starting with small aluminum open boats to a 13 year run with a 22ft walk-around, I would just caution carefully inspecting the ramp itself; I've seen many whose edge is some distance from the dock itself, where it's easy to drop a trailer wheel off into the abyss. Similarly, although not relevant to the discussion of left or right of center, I once saw a boater loading at low tide on a short ramp, dropping the trailer wheels off the end, ripping the trailer axle out of position on the frame... just a reminder that these ramps have limits to be aware of.
David Morgan
David Morgan - 7 months ago
The knots called a basket weave
AZ Tx Transport
AZ Tx Transport - 7 months ago
Where is that marina at?
Ron Trotta
Ron Trotta - 7 months ago
The real point is : If you want a hassle free launch. Make sure your boat cranks in the drive, gased and charged. Plan your launch much the same as described in this video. However everyone's boat and rig is at least slightly different, size (length and weight) , floatation is different, dockage, current and wind. so think about it before hand and if you are in line on a busy day try to observe one or two lauchs . Most important is don't rush , move deliberately, have shoes on and don't react to any of the drunks or hot shots at a ramp. everyone has to learn but it is better to learn before your on the ramp.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 7 months ago
Great tips Ron! Thanks for making time to leave the helpful comment.
Jim Driscoll
Jim Driscoll - 7 months ago
Well Done! Thanks Salt
GabooNx
GabooNx - 7 months ago
What is ur options on buying a bottom skid on boats?
Oscar Zamora
Oscar Zamora - 7 months ago
Marine grease those lugs, Torque is Torque!
PK Villages
PK Villages - 7 months ago
Instead of rinsing the salt water off the lug studs to prevent rusting each time you dip the trailer, just replace the nuts with chrome plated close ended lug nuts (for mag wheels) and apply some Never- Seize to the studs. I change out the lug nuts on all my boat and snowmobile trailers to these mag wheel lug nuts and I have never had a problem with rust, plus they look nicer than stock lug nuts. Take off one lug nut off your trailer and take it with you to any auto parts store, chrome closed end lug are readily available.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 7 months ago
Thanks for making time to leave the helpful comment!
jim mcdonald
jim mcdonald - 7 months ago
here in tennessee being old has its advantages. if someone whos behind you sees you having trouble ,they will almost always help you.
AFAskygoddess
AFAskygoddess - 6 months ago
Good to know! I'm a 65 year old woman retiring to Florida, trying to figure out the best way to launch the boat solo. Maybe that won't be a problem after all.
kimmie koolbeans
kimmie koolbeans - 6 months ago
jim mcdonald haha! That is a great side affect of good people isn’t it. I love Tennessee. It’s pretty up there & so many nice people.
jim mcdonald
jim mcdonald - 7 months ago
im 65 with artificial knees and arthritis. hard for me to get in the boat from the trailer. thought about doing it this way, but since i had never seen anyone do it i thought it wouldnt work. now i know i can ill be going more.thanks
Alex Spanky
Alex Spanky - 7 months ago
You did this but important tip is before pulling the boat out, make sure you trim up your engine! So many people leave it down, and drag on the ramp
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 7 months ago
Yes, great idea to highlight the need for trimming the motor up.
Mike Honcho
Mike Honcho - 7 months ago
What boat is that? Looks like a decent set up.
Mike Honcho
Mike Honcho - 7 months ago
I almost sunk my boat once when a guy on the next ramp had a couple strippers in thongs gyrating around causing me to put the plug in the livewell drain by mistake.
scott franklin
scott franklin - 4 months ago
Hell yeah, by then I forgot I even brought a boat.
Caleb Teague
Caleb Teague - 5 months ago
Lmfao!
Greg O'Hare
Greg O'Hare - 7 months ago
Really like your boat and trailer set up. Just some suggestions regarding placing boat on trailer. Don’t place trailer so deep; let boat ride up on bunks. Also have trailer as close to dock as possible so you can enter and exit boat from the dock. What would your alternative be if you had an SUV. If done right, and every boat has a learning curve that must be adjusted for varying ramp conditions and tides, you should be able to reach over bow to attach bow to winch cable. If your going to walk on the trailer, get some no skid.
kJfishman
kJfishman - 7 months ago
Great video. I do something similar and added self stick non slip to the trailer where I step off on to it so I don't fall in. A lesson learned the hard way.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 7 months ago
Great idea about adding the non slip strips on the trailer!
Rob Mayeux
Rob Mayeux - 7 months ago
Good video. Thanks for taking the time to make it! You provided a good baseline of how to do it so everyone can tweek the process to their own situation.
Dan Hillman
Dan Hillman - 7 months ago
Yeah. Nice job but just hang around a boat launch for a while. It's a never ending source of amusement.
The last Engineer
The last Engineer - 7 months ago
Untie the boat, back fast till just before the water and slam on the brakes shift to drive and hit the gas real quick, just let me get the camera ready.
Gizmo EE
Gizmo EE - 7 months ago
I think is a Horse Tie
i Bee Amazin
i Bee Amazin - 8 months ago
Ultrex or Ulterra is the best way. Dont even have to get out of the truck anymore.
KAW Movements
KAW Movements - 6 months ago
How so
DJ Allen
DJ Allen - 8 months ago
I spray wd-40 on my lugs instead of water. I keep a can in the back of my suv...
DJ Allen
DJ Allen - 8 months ago
What brand is your casting platform on the bow? I'm in the market for one. Thanks man!
Carlos Saenz
Carlos Saenz - 8 months ago
Thanks for the video. What are your thoughts on type of tires for the truck? Are there tires that are made specifically for slippery surfaces? Or are all weather tires good enough for slippery boat ramps?
behrens97
behrens97 - 8 months ago
Good video and advice. Only thing is that most lakes in MI where I live, power loading is illegal. Yeah that sounds dumb but with the sandy bottom of the lakes here ramps get washed out and destroyed easily by power loaders. I wish I could do it but we are limited to pulling the boat on the trailer with rope
Dakota Boat Retriever
Dakota Boat Retriever - 9 months ago
I've used this same technique for 60+ years (and it's a good one) but, from one boater to another let me tell you, once you actually use a Dakota Boat Retriever - I promise - you'll never ever use a rope again. It's just too simple and safe. I'm dead serious, you just have to use it to appreciate it.
Bernie Ellrodt
Bernie Ellrodt - 10 months ago
I use a rope to launch and recover. For launch I hook the rope to the winch connect on the boat. I have a large sturdy snap hook on the rope end, so no tieing at boat. I then tie the other end to the dock, back the boat in, then get the rope and move the boat out along the dock. In the reservoir I fish, wind is a problem, so I have the two protectors on the side next to the dock.These have stretch and can easily be secured to the dock in two places. For recovery I use two ropes to pull the boat onto the trailer and then hook up the winch and disconnect the front rope. This is for me (70+ years old) easier in wind if I get trailer close to the dock. I also dont scrape the boat bottom.
Ken Simms
Ken Simms - 10 months ago
And tips/videos to launch a pontoon by yourself?
1997wolverine
1997wolverine - 11 months ago
Just last weekend I saw a couple dump a 24' center console on the ramp....yep he unhooked it on a steep ramp. The boat slid about 6 yards on concrete. The pain was tangible.
Ted Turner
Ted Turner - 1 year ago
Great video, thanks!!!!
jason deasy
jason deasy - 1 year ago
That’s a Falconers knot..
D Cardullo
D Cardullo - 1 year ago
Couple notes... trailer was way to far in the water for the loading .. back of the boat was still floating around .... move the boat to the end of the dock ... where you tied up stil blocked anyone from launching.. and invest in a 2nd power pole so you dont have to tie the boat up
Joseph Strattard
Joseph Strattard - 1 year ago
D Cardullo what is a power pole?
Jim M
Jim M - 1 year ago
Many variations on how to solo launch, all with a basic principle of having a handling line attached to the bow to limit rearward travel. Depending upon trailer setup, you can use the winch post instead of tying off to your tow vehicle. The public ramps in Miami Dade are double lane ramps and require close control of your boat when launching. The distance your boat traveled during your video would have hit two boats over here if on a weekend.

I use a 4' line with loops spliced into the ends, attached to the bow cleat and slipped over the winch post. Launch the boat very close to the dock with the trailer just deep enough to float the boat with guideposts holding it in position. Enter the boat from the dock, grab the staged dock lines, slip the loop off the winch post and move the boat to the farthest point on the dock. This allows others to launch while you are parking.

I carry a garden sprayer with water to douse the hubs, axle, undercarriage / springs and lug nuts. Takes 30 seconds to hit all with clean water after launch. Helps keep the trailer from rusting in the lot while you're out enjoying a day on the water. Do the same for the drive home.
Mr. Ed
Mr. Ed - 1 year ago
I'm planning on installing a rectangular plastic tank that fits under the bed cover of my pick up, filling it with water and attaching a 12vdc pump with hose and sprayer, and presto.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Great tips Jim!
NickHanegraaf Vlogs
NickHanegraaf Vlogs - 1 year ago
Instead of tieing up the back why didnt you just drop the poles?
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Dropping the power poles would work too. Most boats don't have them so I just stuck with rope suggestions since every boat has ropes... or at least I hope they all do:)
Donald Whitty
Donald Whitty - 1 year ago
The Rope tied to the bow of your boat is called a painter. Just saying
Jason R
Jason R - 1 year ago
I do not advise to use this method if your trailer has rollers. I have seen a few try and it never works out well.

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Roy Rezek
Roy Rezek - 1 year ago
I used 1 or 2 strong 3 feet bungy cords for a quick tie off to pier .Simple and quick esspecially with rough water..
Roy Rezek
Roy Rezek - 1 year ago
Good tips.Can also put a little dab of a product never sieze on lug bolts for salt rust
Jorge Fonte
Jorge Fonte - 1 year ago
I spray anti corrosion spray on my lug nuts and the 4-pin harness.
Steve Kurtz
Steve Kurtz - 1 year ago
the knot is called a horse hitch....good video, by the way.
Ik Lam
Ik Lam - 1 year ago
I just drive the boat on and off. It’s much faster than walking the boat with the rope.
0017Bulldog
0017Bulldog - 11 months ago
@S Tay The timing of your reply was perfect. The very same day I had launched by myself using the rope method and it worked perfectly. No climbing on the boat, etc. Thank you.
S Tay
S Tay - 11 months ago
If you drive it off, you have to climb onto the boat to do it. His method with the rope does not require you to climb on the boat to drive it off. Its more efficient.
0017Bulldog
0017Bulldog - 1 year ago
Thank you!
Ik Lam
Ik Lam - 1 year ago
Don't worry about looking like an idiot. Everyone looked like an idiot when they start. If it makes you feel better, my trailer fell of the hitch onto the freeway at 70mph when I drove my boat to its maiden launch. Fortunately my safety cable worked and dragged the trailer, with flying sparks, to the shoulder of the freeway.
Ik Lam
Ik Lam - 1 year ago
I drive on/off single handed. My ramp is very wide and four boats can launch at the same time. Unfortunately there's only one lane that's next to a dock. All other lanes you have to drive on/off. It takes a long time to wait for other people who want to walk the boat, so I just drive on/off. To drive on, it's much easier if you have guide posts on your trailer (which consequently makes walking it hard because you have to avoid wrapping the line on the guide posts). To drive off, I just wrap a line around the winch post of my trailer, back down so the boat just floats slightly, get on the boat, start the engine, unwrap the line from inside the boat, and off we go.
0017Bulldog
0017Bulldog - 1 year ago
I am totally struggling with launching by myself. I looked like a total idiot today, but you've got me thinking about this. No one else is showing driving it off, but why not? I'm going to try it.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Yes, driving the boat off is quicker if you have someone else to help. But if alone, it's tough to beat the efficiency of gliding the boat off of the trailer towards the target spot on the dock and then simply walking up the dock with the rope to tie it off.
Dirty China
Dirty China - 1 year ago
Ummm... yeah. Not the proper way to tie to a cleat ya salty. You should take a class or find on you tube or even ask someone at the ramp to show you the proper way to do so. Then remake this video with the correct method to tie to cleats. Figure 8 with an underhand loop to lock it off . Ya wing nut! Thanks fer the vid .
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Not all docks have cleats on them (like the one shown in this video), so it's important to know more than just the cleat figure 8 to be able to launch at any ramp without any problems. Technically speaking, any quick knot that keeps a good hold is good to use for tying off a boat at most ramps that are protected from big waves and strong current. When in a hurry, I'll often just quickly wrap the rope around a wood piling a few times without even tieing any type of knot because the friction of the rope around the piling is plenty strong to hold a boat in place... and to leave, all you have to do is lift the tag end of the rope up and it'll unwind very easily.
Steve Sikora
Steve Sikora - 1 year ago
I use the same knot. It works well and it's fast. The best way to do something is the way you already know, if it works.
DropD
DropD - 1 year ago
Show us how it's done, Mr. Expert.
Dean Lewis
Dean Lewis - 1 year ago
This is all fine n good till you launch a boat in a tidal Creek or river. I lived in Charleston SC for many years and this will never work for most saltwater launches. They can have a 5 to 7 mph current. You best have a good education of what you are doing then!
Ron Suda
Ron Suda - 1 year ago
Good video I do a lot of trailer maintenance a trick for your lug nuts that works well for me is to put a bit of marine grease on the stud and lug before you put the lug on .This will let the lug spin right off when needing to change.My trailer is 20 years old and rust is almost inevitable in heavy saltwater use .Just what marks for me
F Huber
F Huber - 1 year ago
Local ramps have the "courtesy dock" up to 100 ft from the ramp and you have to walk around trees and impassable brush, making it up to 500 ft walk from ramp to the dock or dock back to the tow vehicle to pull out after launching.

People get mad that I back up, launch rapidly get in and take the boat to the dock, then walk back to my truck...

Not my fault for the bad location of the courtesy dock. Sorry, no, I don't want to beach my boat on the sharp rocks beside the ramp.
enigma9789
enigma9789 - 6 months ago
@Jackson Helsloot not around here, you have to walk around the shore line and there would be no way to do that. the dock isnt next to the ramp, its at least 50 feet away.
Jackson Helsloot
Jackson Helsloot - 6 months ago
Ya can’t walk boat to end of dock or backside/other side of dock? To tie off ?
enigma9789
enigma9789 - 8 months ago
That is the proper way to do it. they can piss off.
Abunai One
Abunai One - 1 year ago
It's nice to have a dock to walk on parallel to the ramp. My favorite launch ramp doesn't have that so a different system is required, especially having a cuddy cabin boat.
Walter Palmer
Walter Palmer - 1 year ago
And don’t let anyone rush you into making mistakes.
Ed Riker
Ed Riker - 4 months ago
@Echo I bought my first boat 4 years ago. 18' so it was a little unwieldy to maneuver, but most people were/are helpful. Take your time, be careful and don't let anyone fluster you. It's your boat to be safe with or not. Good luck and I hope it goes well.
imadvizinyounow
imadvizinyounow - 4 months ago
@Echo So, how did it go?
will 123
will 123 - 4 months ago
@Echo don't worry most people will be helpful not critical
Echo
Echo - 4 months ago
I'm buying my first one soon. My BIGGEST worry is that I'll go to the ramp on a busy day and when it's finally my time to launch, so many people will be waiting to launch or pull a boat out of the water. What should I do here?
Jeason Gagnon
Jeason Gagnon - 4 months ago
Slow is Pro!
Moondog9322
Moondog9322 - 1 year ago
My routine is very similar, except I lower my tailgate when loading, so I just step onto my truck when finished. My truck is same as yours. White too. Lol
Moondog9322
Moondog9322 - 1 year ago
Roy Rezek lol. Yep!!
Roy Rezek
Roy Rezek - 1 year ago
Moondog9322 I like that then climb thru the little window and drive her out . lol
Le Chandler
Le Chandler - 1 year ago
That method is over 60 years old. Did that when I was 16 in North East , MD. My dad had a conniption.
Nick Terbrack
Nick Terbrack - 1 year ago
I applaud you for helping people be more efficient on the launch, but this isn't the fastest way to launch on your own. I've been launching solo for years, on a larger heavier boat, as well as a smaller light boat depending on what I'm doing that day. If you take your bow line and do like three wraps around the post of the dock, then a quick locking loop, the post will do all the work. I do it when I'm unhooking the boat at the water's edge. Then back up tap the breaks, and pull forward if needed depending on the dock. The line will tighten around the post, become taught, stretch, then the boat will start to come back towards the dock. This is all happening while you are getting out of the truck. You should be on the dock just as it starts to drift back towards the dock, then you unwrap the post, which is quick, and guide the boat exactly how you want to situated to tie it up while you park. I can promise you without a doubt, that this is a quicker more efficient system. I'm also a fan of jumping in the boat and starting it, so it's warming up while you park. The next people have to wait for you to start anyway, if the engine is already running when you get back, you can just take off, and they don't have to wait for it to warm up. Obviously some boats start and go like nothing, so it's not necessary. I pride myself in being one of the fastest guys at the launch.
Okieman Mike
Okieman Mike - 1 year ago
I have no idea what you just described. Post a vid please as I'd like to see it. Not being a smartass, I'd just like to see it done as I always launch alone.
Aaron Rippstein
Aaron Rippstein - 1 year ago
I can never get my boat to sit flat on the trailer, usually leaning one way. I think because the battery and console are both on the same side. Any tips on how to keep it level while loading back onto trailer? Mine is a 14' tracker
CG Berken
CG Berken - 6 months ago
Have had same problem with G3 Tournament 175 side console. Console + 2 batteries on same side causes boat to sit/float listing to starboard. The problem is with boat, not trailer. Had same issue with original bunk trailer and more recently, newer - properly set up - roller trailer. Have come up with 3 solutions... 1) have weighty fellow angler counterbalance as boat is winched up on trailer - inspect as boat comes out of water; reposition counterbalancing angler while backing boat partially into water as it adjusts to weight differential; rinse & repeat if necessary 2) remove the second battery as it probably wasn't necessary anyway; reposition the existing battery as close to center as possible; the key being to fill the aft live well with water establishing correct balance - being sure to drain live well once out of the water 3)and finally my currently and hopefully best solution, move up to the larger boat I've always wanted!
p.s. full windshield model w/live well centered between dual batteries flanking port + starboard
Dean Lewis
Dean Lewis - 1 year ago
Put a set of bub rails on the trailer and adjust it to the width of the boat. Problem solved
F Huber
F Huber - 1 year ago
Your boat is just not sitting properly centered.

Often that is due to the "bunks" or rollers being adjusted with the wrong spacing for the hull. (first thing I did after buying a brand new boat + trailer package was readjust the bunks...)

If the spacing is correct, get side guide bunks or rollers and add them to the trailer.

Side guide bunks/rollers help a lot when putting the boat on the trailer with the wind coming from the side too. they are cheap and easy to install... and save a lot of hassle.
Mike W
Mike W - 1 year ago
Had the same problem, one day at the ramp I heard someone tell another boater to pull out slowly, almost at creeping speed, so the boat will settle right on the trailer. I tried it and it works almost everytime.
Nick Terbrack
Nick Terbrack - 1 year ago
Your boat should sit flat on the trailer regardless of a battery and console. Check to make sure your trailer is set up correctly. You may have a bunk or set of rollers not set at the exact same height, causing the boat to be pushed over by the higher one. Also if you are loading too deep, the boat can have a tenancy to float around a bit. One other factor I've seen is on unimproved launches, if one tire is deeper than the other because of unlevel lake bottom, you can have issues. But I would bet you can fix it with some adjustments on your trailer.
TigerAudioInc
TigerAudioInc - 1 year ago
How about doing this with a 28ft deep v CC?
TigerAudioInc
TigerAudioInc - 1 year ago
Not always possible though. Sometimes you just wanna be alone.
F Huber
F Huber - 1 year ago
28 ft you probably should have another person.
David Miller
David Miller - 1 year ago
Great video, That’s a bank robbers hitch knot btw
Lety Smallwood
Lety Smallwood - 1 year ago
Great video and very helpful. Thanks for sharing.
John Coppola
John Coppola - 1 year ago
why not a half wrap or full wrap cleat hitch?
Team Jesus Outdoors
Team Jesus Outdoors - 1 year ago
That's exactly how I have been launching and loading, solo, for years!
ultimatejay
ultimatejay - 1 year ago
One tip when going back on the trailer is to trim engine up but keep it in gear with a little bit of power on. Then just walk up to the bow and reach down and clip your chain on. This keeps boat up against front bumper and keeps it from sliding back like yours did when you turned the motor off.
ncurc 97
ncurc 97 - 6 months ago
Keeping it in gear running slightly above idle speed to keep it on the trailer wont damage the ramp, giving it the beans trying to get it on a trailer thats not far enough in the water will
Nick Terbrack
Nick Terbrack - 1 year ago
Launches are just concrete pads set on the the lake bottom or seafloor. Depending on the area, there may be some gravel put down first. The propwash will erode the dirt behind the launch, but it can also erode the dirt between and eventually underneath the concrete pads. Granted it takes people doing it a lot to generate enough water flow to get between the pads and underneath, but at a popular launch, it can add up. You should only ever be at idle speed around the launch.
F Huber
F Huber - 1 year ago
ultimatejay:
"power loading" is illegal in many areas and will get you a hefty ticket doing it as you suggest.

What it does is erode the dirt just behind your boat, causing a huge drop-off at the end of concrete boat ramps, leading to trailer tires dropping and getting the trailer stuck.

There are tricks to get the trailer back up without a tow truck or crane... but best is to not have dumbasses power loading and eroding the ramp area.
ultimatejay
ultimatejay - 1 year ago
How do you damage a launch? What are you going to damage?
Nick Terbrack
Nick Terbrack - 1 year ago
It also damages the launch.
Robert Carey
Robert Carey - 1 year ago
Good Vlog for someone who has a small boat or flatboat. It is difficult to launch and load the large boat with deep vee. I have experience in both boat and smaller boat or flatboat are much easy to do a solo job. Good job.
Rb5150
Rb5150 - 1 year ago
The best thing, like you said is to have everything in the boat ready to go. So when its your turn you dont hold anyone up. That annoys the hell out of me! Launching a boat should take no more than 5-10 mins tops!!
fishing is my drug
fishing is my drug - 1 year ago
@John Diego if their having issues, yes, I'll help.
fishing is my drug
fishing is my drug - 1 year ago
You mean like the jet ski on the ramp beside him? Sitting there, blocking the ramp?
John Diego
John Diego - 1 year ago
bdr5150 how about instead of getting annoyed at someone taking longer than 5-10 mins, ask them if they need help and be patient.
F Huber
F Huber - 1 year ago
Just seconds from the transom touching water until the boat is off the trailer and ready to run.

All preps done at home in the driveway and/or while waiting your turn at the ramp.

If the engine won't fire at home... don't bother going to the ramp. Go to the boat repair shop.

I'll pull to the side of the line to do preps of my sailboat (raising the mast, which takes 10 to 15 minutes) OUT OF THE WAY so others can go on by. (but I have to be down near the ramp to not have the mast hit power lines)

If you spend 5 min on the ramp... you are one of the problems.
SunsTo7
SunsTo7 - 1 year ago
Thanks for the very usable instructions. PS. Have you tried anti seize for the lug nuts?
F Huber
F Huber - 1 year ago
"Anti-seize" is a conductive grease with extremely finely ground metal particles (usually copper or zinc)
Basic idea being the galvanic corrosion eating the finely ground metal in the grease instead of eating your lug nuts and lugs.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
I have not tried anti seize for the lug nuts... will keep an eye out for it on my next shopping spree.
Roger Livingston
Roger Livingston - 1 year ago
something i started doing years ago with mudteuck and now with everything especially my boat trailers..coat the threads heavilyr with nickel or copper antiseize (copper is better). no more frozen lugnuts
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Thanks for making time to leave the tip.
Alin Tudor Ștefănescu
Alin Tudor Ștefănescu - 1 year ago
Awesome tips! Thank you for your dedication! When are you going to make a video about what type of boat should you get depending on where do you fish, what types of fish are you going for, inshore or offshore fishing etc.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Thanks! That will be a tough video because there are so many variables at play when it comes to boat selection.
JLC JLC
JLC JLC - 1 year ago
Can I please make a request? How about the fastest way to clean a boat alone after fishing in salt water. After a trip I’m hot tired thirsty and the last thing I want to do is wash the boat and trailer. I know it’s necessary so I do it. A friend of mine just goes over his boat with a low power (1600 psi) pressure washer not held too close and that’s all his does. He says it gets the salt and grime off without stripping the wax. Any thoughts? Would love a video of the fastest most efficient way you do it.
CG Berken
CG Berken - 6 months ago
For the 15 years that I fished Delaware Bay and southern NJ coastal waters, at the 1st opportunity after coming out of the water, I'd stop in one of the numerous drive through car washes, thoroughly flushing down boat, trailer and fishing gear. A handful of a quarters later, I was on my way. As many have pointed out, the salt will always have the upper hand, but I found this to be the most efficient deterrent to salt's voracious appetite.
snookchaser
snookchaser - 10 months ago
Build a pvc pipe shower by drilling 3/16” holes in pvc pipes build a cage like structure using fence post with 3 cross pipes above boat and 2 on ground back boat in put flush on engine then turn on wash cage and go have a 2 beers while boat washes itself
JLC JLC
JLC JLC - 1 year ago
Jerry Adams haha! Unfortunately my kid is 21 graduated college and on her own. Good thought though.
Jerry Adams
Jerry Adams - 1 year ago
That's why you have Kids.Tell them it's clean the boat or pay rent..
JLC JLC
JLC JLC - 1 year ago
Salt Strong no soap? Do you feel the hose gets the salt off? Would love to see a vid on this. Now I think I’m making too much work for myself.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Good idea! My process is extremely simple... I just spray it down with a normal hose starting from the front (highest point) and go towards the back. And I have a long handled brush in the other hand to wipe off anything that the hose water doesn't get.
Salt Life Addiction Miami
Salt Life Addiction Miami - 1 year ago
Great work!!! Awesome video!!!
Proteus Xavier
Proteus Xavier - 1 year ago
Really appreciate this video, especially that lug nut tip. Also probably a good idea to pull the plug after taking her out!
F Huber
F Huber - 1 year ago
Many states are now requiring DRY BILGE if you are towing your boat.
"Clean Drain, Dry your boat" to help reduce spread of invasive species/plants such as Zebra Mussels & Giant Salvinia. (2 of concern in Texas)

Texas will ticket you for accumulated rainwater in the bilge of a Jon Boat if the plug is in. WHILE IT IS RAINING.

******************

Reality: If you don't steam clean inside the tubes of a tube frame trailer and use chemical treatments on carpeted bunk boards... you aren't going to remove all traces of invasive species and can transfer them from lake to lake.
The laws intended to prevent spread aren't adequate.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Yes, I agree that it's good to take to plug out because there's often some water in there and any extra weight can decrease gas mileage when towing.
PoweredByPBJ
PoweredByPBJ - 1 year ago
perfect tip. thanks
common jones
common jones - 1 year ago
or just put a few feet of slack on the winch line and then lock it back and when the boat floats unhook it.then holding your dock line stand on the dock and pull it over and tie it off then go park the truck.
14theroad1955
14theroad1955 - 7 months ago
Ditto...
F Huber
F Huber - 1 year ago
If the dock is right there...

I don't know who the dumbass was who set up the ramps near me, with the courtesy docks WELL separated from the ramps.
Army Corps of Engineers and TX State Parks. Take your pick of which to blame.
Fishing Channel
Fishing Channel - 1 year ago
don´t have a boat but is a good info
Scott Corlew
Scott Corlew - 1 year ago
I use two ropes. One I keep in the truck clipped to the truck. The other I clip to a loop on the end of the bow line. I always keep my bow line a foot shorter than the boat so it can’t get in the prop. I just unclip from the truck and clip the second rope back after I tie the boat.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Thanks for posting the helpful tip Scott.
JLC JLC
JLC JLC - 1 year ago
That was perfect and timely. Going to a busy very narrow 1 lane ramp alone for the first time tomorrow. Was a little stressed about it . I purchased the long rope today after this video. Wish me luck. Going to follow your system. I have this idea that everyone is going to be yelling at me to hurry up. Haha.
JLC JLC
JLC JLC - 1 year ago
Salt Strong well it was a little bumpy but I got the job done. It didn’t help that the local guide was waiting for me to move. I just need more practice I guess.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
We hope that the launch goes seamlessly. I'm sure that you'll be launching by yourself faster than most others who have help very soon after some practice:)
Matt Irwin
Matt Irwin - 1 year ago
Awesome video as always. Another tip is to disconnect the wiring harness to avoid shorting out the trailer lights. Just remember to reconnect it.
S Tay
S Tay - 11 months ago
I never disconnect mine for the last 4 years and its fine.
F Huber
F Huber - 1 year ago
I'm considering magnetic mount lights (intended for use in towing a car on a tow dolly), since the boat lights (even the "submersible" LED type) are needing replacement every year...

And just pulling the lights off the trailer before putting it in the water.

A decent set of magnet mount lights isn't that much different cost than replacing the lights on the boat trailer.
brian eberhart
brian eberhart - 1 year ago
Some trailers like mine have surge brakes and if you disconnect the wiring harness the trailer won’t allow you to back up. The reverse light circuit disengages the trailer brakes. On mine at least.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Thanks for adding the helpful tip Matt!
KyRangerDog
KyRangerDog - 1 year ago
We are Snowbirds, Nov through April North of Tampa area. I was wondering if you would comment on the Red Tide and Lake O. There seems to be a lot of you tube info that I'm not sure can be trusted, according to one site Lake O is contaminated completely but you can't see it, except by satellite, then you see info on boat rides at O that shows the water clear and they are saying it's fine, are people promoting that you can eat the fish from Lake O? Of all the "experts" in Fl. I hold you and your brother to a higher standard. Thanks
snookchaser
snookchaser - 8 months ago
The problem does not occur from residents septic tanks the few amount of people left on septic and then the percentage of those that are leaking is not enough to cause a problem it’s actually the city’s and county waste water treatment facilities they actually have overflow pipes that if they reach full capacity let raw sewage into undisclosed areas I have had many ex treatment plant operators tell me this anyway
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
We are by no means scientists, but it seems as if the water issues are being caused by too much nutrients entering our beloved waterways from a variety of things (agriculture runoff, septic system leaks, yard fertilizers, etc.). And the problems seem to compound as that nutrient-rich water gets pushed out of Lake O into our brackish waterways via manmade straight channels. Long story short, we all need to be more mindful of what we allow to be sprayed in our yards, what may be leaking from septic systems, and what discharges are leaving businesses too. And we need to highly consider the way that we control the water levels of Lake O... seems like the pushing of water east & west like we are doing now is not allowing the nutrients and pollutants to be cleaned from the water before it reaches the coast... here's a link to a podcast we did with an expert on the Lake O discharge issue: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/captains-for-clean-water-podcast/
GabooNx
GabooNx - 1 year ago
Expert, simply beautiful
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Thanks for the kind words!
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Brad!
M Lenz
M Lenz - 1 year ago
Keep a good wheel chaulk in the cab of your truck. When you hop out, put it under the front tire. Since the trannny and ebrake only lock the rear wheels, this puts some stopping power on the front wheels.
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Thanks so much for making time to leave the helpful comment!
Rod Royal
Rod Royal - 1 year ago
Don't forget to take off stern tie downs. Anti skid strips on trailer help alot as does a step plate. Finally someone got it right!
Rod Royal
Rod Royal - 1 year ago
Salt Strong ain't pretty
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Yes, the tie downs def need to be taken off... I have to imagine that all of us have failed to do that at least once:)
Slyder28
Slyder28 - 1 year ago
Daisy chain type knot
The Grant Outdoors
The Grant Outdoors - 1 year ago
It's a mooring hitch
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Thanks for helping me identify that knot... sure is a handy knot to use with rope.
The Fishing Family
The Fishing Family - 1 year ago
Excellent video!
What make & model is your boat? Looks perfect for what we need.
The Fishing Family
The Fishing Family - 1 year ago
Salt Strong thank you!
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
It is a 17 ft Maverick HPX-V. I absolutely love this boat... here's a link to learn more about it: http://maverickboats.com/boats/17-hpx-v/
Richard Lombardi
Richard Lombardi - 1 year ago
Great video
Salt Strong
Salt Strong - 1 year ago
Thanks Richard!

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