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Old 12-28-2020, 12:24 AM   #1
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I will try it next time I am at Texas city dike. It looks doable.
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Old 12-28-2020, 12:29 AM   #2
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Not that great of a method. Instead tie a 30ish ft rope to a cleat and have it sitting on deck, tie the other end to to your trailer winch. Back up, let it float. Pull forward. Get out and grab the rope from the winch. Tie up boat to the dock and go park your truck.

That method only works if there’s a dock on both sides of boat.

The best method of there’s a dock on both sides is back up, float the boat and hit the power poles


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Old 12-28-2020, 07:27 AM   #3
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I've always tie a bow rope to my winch post when by myself. Float the boat grab the rope off the winch post and tied it up and park.
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Old 12-28-2020, 09:22 AM   #4
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That works ok if conditions are right and the piers on both sides but overall I'd say launching your boat with no lines attached is a bad idea. Using the extra long bow line tied to the winch post or just holding onto the dock line as you release the winch strap and safety chain. Depends on how easily your boat comes off the trailer. Mine will slide off with just a light push so I don't remove the winch and chain until I'm backed down. I'll walk the boat with the dock lines to tie it up and then move my truck.
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Old 12-28-2020, 09:39 AM   #5
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My solution. Just pull the latch and slide off while I'm in the boat.

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Old 12-28-2020, 02:54 PM   #6
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50ft rope tied to a bow clear and other end tied to the dock while boat is on the ramp. Shake the boat off, park truck, pull boat to dock, hop in and have at it... this method doesn’t do well with Teflon runners though...
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Old 12-28-2020, 06:55 PM   #7
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50ft rope tied to a bow clear and other end tied to the dock while boat is on the ramp. Shake the boat off, park truck, pull boat to dock, hop in and have at it... this method doesn’t do well with Teflon runners though...
I watched a guy do this while I was fishing on a dock close to the ramp and a bunch of waves pushed his boat into a bunch of rocks while he was parking his truck. It did enough damage where he loaded it up and drive off.
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Old 12-28-2020, 09:25 PM   #8
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When doing this technique by yourself, it is advantageous to have two ropes. One attached to a bow cleat and one attached to a side cleat. The bow rope keeps your boat from getting away and the side cleat rope allows you to wrangle your boat towards you and the dock.

I launch by myself often. It is difficult to handle a large boat with only a bow rope.

Also, I apply Liquid Rollers to my bunk boards to allow easy off and on. Gotta watch out with that stuff as it is very slippery.


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Old 12-28-2020, 09:53 PM   #9
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The guy in the video has perfect conditions, a small boat and what looks like the most suitable ramp ever to launch a boat solo like that. I’d have been more impressed if he actually parked his truck and then came back and got his boat, instead of just pulling it up a few feet. I launch by myself most of the time and because of constant wakes from barges and idiot boat drivers I always drive my boat off the trailer and tie it up to the dock before getting back in the truck. The rope method wouldn’t work very well where I launch most times.
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Old 12-28-2020, 10:42 PM   #10
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I believe that is the dike ramp. Try that at matagorda harbor and your boat will float off cause you run out of dock. Guy reminds me of boashna. Got to have the right drift speed for it to work.
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