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Old 08-31-2006, 10:33 AM
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Default South Haven MI boat ramps

We are going to be trailering around to South Haven and dropping the boat in for the long weekend. I would appreciate some insight on what are the good boat ramps in the area for launching a 43' boat. I don't want to be dropping an axle off the end, that sucks...

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Old 08-31-2006, 10:56 AM
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We have launched our 43" Black Thunder many times at the Municipal Ramp. It is tricky because the docks are extremely short and it is on the river with a strong current, the upside they let you keep your trailer overnight.

I will ask Mr. P to post his comments because he may have a preference to which ramp he uses and he may back in at an angle
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Thanks for the reply, any help is appreciated. Is that ramp at the south or north municipal marina?

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I am not sure, I spoke to Ian and he will post more info after he gets back from lunch.
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RV, I'm not sure which ramp it is. It's the one just off Broadway on the south side of the river. Facing the ramp, we use the dock on the left side. The ones to the center and right are too steep and the trailer bottoms out at the top. Like Donna said the docks are short but the ramp is long and I have never run off of it. Have fun. Ian
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Have a good time rv, South Haven rules. Rum runners at the Idler or Captain Lou's...ya can't beat 'em.
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Ian,
I think I know which ramp you are talking about. Are the directions, Pheonix to Broadway turn right, just before bridge turn right and follow road to ramp. Is this correct?

Once at ramp use left lane. If you can get yours in there we shouldn't have any problems.

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So if we get one of those rum runners will we find you seating there too...

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Yes, that's the place.
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Like Donna said the docks are short but the ramp is long and I have never run off of it. Have fun. Ian
LOL I can't remember you running off the ramp, but I seem to remember you taking a dip in the nasty water to insert a forgotten drain plug
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LOL I can't remember you running off the ramp, but I seem to remember you taking a dip in the nasty water to insert a forgotten drain plug
Donna, that is too funny, but I doubt Ian thinks so. By the way, they don't call it the BLACK River for nothin.

RV, we take our 29 to that launch all the time, I don't think there is much of a washout problem behind the ramp. I have yet to see a trailer hung up there, and yes, I have seen many 42-47 footers launch there. The river is somewhat narrow at the launch, causing yourboat to take up a good portion while maneuvering. You should not have a problem at this launch, I have seen much worse. The issue I see some trailers having, is the transition from ramp to parking lot. The length between boat trialer axle and back of the truck, causes the trailer to bottom out in the middle cresting the transition. Have fun, South Haven is great. Keith
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