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Hi all,

Im going to be taking my boat out to Chatfeild on Sunday and wanted some tips on loading and unloading my boat from the trailer as this will be my first time ever doing this.(The boat is a 14' v-hull if that helps)

*How far should I pull the trailer into the water when putting the boat in.
*How far should I pull the trailer into the water when pulling the boat out
*When putting the boat back on the trailer do you use your gas motor to drive it onto the trailer or just use ropes and the winch.

Any other tips on this subject would be great as im a newb at this.


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-Jay
 

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Back her in until the water is right below the door jams of the truck when launching and full gas when loading until the hook hit the winch. Just kidding back her in until it floats off, just take it slow and notice where you are on the trailer to reload. 14 just use the winch and muscle it when its out of the water to straighten it up on the trailer.
 

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Thanks Tom. You had me going there for a minute. When you said below the doors I was thinking "Man this guy is crazy but what do I know im new to this"

Thanks again for the info


-Jay
 

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Congrats on the new boat Jay!  Its an exciting to take out your first boat, I remember it well.  Just remember is water is flowing in the doors you have gone to far! 

Seriously,  Like Parker Tom said just far enough to float it of the trailer is all that I do.

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Here is a tip I give most women when backing up a trailer. (sorry for sounding sexiest I'm really not) As most women I know have a hard time with knowing which way to turn the steering wheel when backing the boat into the water.  (I dont know your experience level on backing up trailers either, thats why I'm posting this tip)  
Put your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel and keep it there. To turn left, move your hand left. To turn right, move your hand right. Back up slowly.
I know its simple but you cannot believe how many people I ground guide and I say left and they go right.
 

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For the most part i'd say im getting alot better at backing it up. Ive had to pick it up from storage a few times to do some work on it so I think I can back it up ok. I do try to do the hand on the bottom thing but still have a hard time making my brain do what I want it to. ::)

Thanks for the added tip.


-Jay
 

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Jay,

What time do you plan on arriving at Chatfield on Sunday and what Marina will you put in at? I'm going to try and make it out on Sunday if can get the boat ready. If not I'm only five minutes away, and can stop by to give you a hand.

Pete/Chatfield
 

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Ill be putting in at the NW ramps. Im going to try and be on the water between 7:30-8:00am.


Hope to see you there.


-Jay
 

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Right-on. I'll be the parking lot about 7:15 a.m. prepping. Look for the white dodge truck and tracker. Now let's go catch some of those bad boys!

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we''ll see you there. No laughing If my SUV ends up in the drink :) :) ;D ;D

Look foward to seeing you there. We'll be in a black Saturn VUE towing a 14' Vhull


-Jay
 

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Jay I will be there at 7:00 will have a new tracker and blue ford, pick the boat up tomorrow at noon. be glad to give you a hand putting in.
 

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DAM. I dont know about this......You guys all have really, really nice boats and I have alittle V-hull. But you know what that means don't you? Ill out fish everyone with nice boats :)

Looking forward to it Tom!!!

-Jay
 

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Jay I have no problem moving in on a hot area, I guess that falls under one of the pet pieves. thats just the way it has to be sometimes. sorry
 

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Jay it mostly depends on who your fishing buddies are. I had a few that almost drowned one day. they struggled for 5 minutes to get the truck tail gate down. So for now on I make sure it is down first. But of course both of these two outdoorsman were the same ones that used ski mobiles to troll when ice fishing. They were also the same ones that forgot to undo the trailer from the boat and could not figure out why the boat was slugish. Seriously I tri to load the boat with just the fenders on the trailer just sticking out of the water. This make it easier to drive the boat on and keep it straight.
 

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Jay it woll help if you write BGIF on the back of your truck to remind you when trailering it...
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TGIF....Toes Go In First...
 

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The most important thing you need to know when launching a boat is this-make sure the plug is in the transom. Virtually everyone, at one time or another forgets to check. Boy those boats can fill up fast that way!
 

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Pete said:
Right-on. I'll be  the parking lot about 7:15 a.m. prepping. Look for the white dodge truck and tracker.  Now let's go catch some of those bad boys!

Pete


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Hey, Pete it was nice meeting you Saturday maybe next time we will catch some fish.
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Thanks for everyones input. I got the boat in with no problems at all.

Sorry to everyone that was going to meet me there, We got a late start so I didnt get to meet anyone :(

Thanx

-Jay
 
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