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Old 05-03-2005, 02:34 PM
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EVERYONE forgot the blower !!!
Not me!

But, if you drive straight to the ramp, then the engine compartment is as "gas fume free" as when you are cruising on the lake.
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Old 05-03-2005, 02:44 PM
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Hey Dock, like everyone said, take your time...
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I have seen the fork truck pick up a trailer (with the boat on it) and put it in the water to float the boat off, then raised the trailer out of the water and set the tung back on the hitch ball. Funniest think I had seen in a long time.
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EVERYONE forgot the blower !!!
I didn't forget her, I leave her at home.
Oh.... you meant the bilge blower.

Sorry.
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I have seen the fork truck pick up a trailer (with the boat on it) and put it in the water to float the boat off, then raised the trailer out of the water and set the tung back on the hitch ball. Funniest think I had seen in a long time.
At our yacht club, we launch jet skis like that. They are too small for the sling without their trailer, so we dip the whole thing and bring the trailer back out with the sling.
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:00 PM
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Once boat is floating (slightly)...
**Do NOT forget to put the truck in PARK and SET THE EMERGENCY BRAKE!**
That's about the biggest and most prevalent mistake while unloading from trailer.
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I have seen the fork truck pick up a trailer (with the boat on it) and put it in the water to float the boat off, then raised the trailer out of the water and set the tung back on the hitch ball. Funniest think I had seen in a long time.

that's what we do most of the time.
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Old 05-03-2005, 03:32 PM
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Unhook the transom straps and winch strap. Jump on in the boat, open the engine hatch (screw the blower). Have the wife line 'er up and give it hell!!

Right when the wheels hit the water, jam on the brakes hard!! The boat will shoot right off the trailer into the water. As it hits the water, fire it up and throw it in gear, sticks pegged to the helm (don't want to hit the boat behind you at the dock now do ya??).

Wife then throws the truck in drive and get the hell out of the way for the next guy....ramps are busy ya know!!!

PS...Don't forget the drain plug.

you forgot to have the boat running when the drives hit the water, that can save you critical seconds....
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Hey Troutly, I think you need to make a how-to video with the Formula. Steve can host it on the video server, some real value-add for OSO!! : D
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TAKE PICTURES FOR US....while you doing all of this.
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