Note: Boaters and Anglers,
please remember that you can help prevent the spread of
unwanted aquatic plant and animal species by following
Remove all mud
and aquatic plants from all gear, boats, motors and
trailers before departing from your fishing location
Drain all water
including bilges, live wells, and bait tanks before
departing from your fishing location
Do not transport
fish from one body of water to another
Do not release
unused bait into a body of water
Do not dispose
of fish carcasses or by-products in any body of water
Successfully Launching Your Boat
A Survival Guide for Trailer Boaters at the Ramp
Jul 18, 2006
Launch Ramps are a common fixture in marinas. Operation of launch
ramps depends on education of users and encouraging adequate preparation
prior to nearing the ramp.
Launch Ramps are a common fixture in marinas and lakes. They are vital
to trailered boaters for access to the water. Ramps can be a huge frustration
to those that have difficultly backing a trailer and even more so to
the next guy waiting in line.
Operation of launch ramps depends on education of users and encouraging
adequate preparation prior to nearing the ramp.
There are any number of incidents every year at the ramp that could
have been avoided with proper preparation. Rushing at the launch seems
to increase as a function of the number of boats in line. Users get
in a hurry. The drain plugs don't get put in, the boat rolls off the
trailer or a hitch comes loose and the whole works goes down the ramp.
The instant one of these events occurs you lose use of the launch ramp
Practice backing up your boat and trailer until you are proficient.
A busy public boat launch ramp is NOT the place to learn how to back
a boat trailer! Avoid conducting routine maintenance at your launch
ramp. There is a higher chance of water pollution and the next boater
in line may not appreciate you for it
Ramps can be a huge frustration to those who have difficultly backing
a trailer and even more so to the next guy in line. Smooth operation
of launch ramps depends on the ability of users and adequate preparation
prior to nearing the ramp. Rushing at the launch by boaters intensifies
as the number of boats in line increases. Users get in a hurry. The
drain plugs don't get put in, the boat rolls off the trailer or a
hitch comes loose causing the whole works to go down the ramp and
into the drink.
Last summer we had an older Chevrolet Blazer with a loaded boat trailer
self launch at our ramp. It turned out that the owner got into a rush
and inadvertently shifted his transfer case into neutral. This incident
required the services of a diver and tow truck to recover the truck
and trailer. The boat being carried on the trailer broke free and wasn't
damaged during the excitement. It was one of the busiest days of the
year and hundreds of people stood by to watch the show. To add insult
to injury, there were a record number of returning Pink Salmon in Port
Valdez and many of them were piled up around the launch ramp.
The following are some helpful suggestions for using a boat launch
- Prepare your boat for launching away from the ramp as
a courtesy to others and to prevent rushing during the
- Ensure that there has been no damage to the boat caused
by the trip to the harbor.
- Raise the lower unit or outboard so that it will not
hit bottom during launching.
- Remove trailer tie-downs and make sure that the winch
is properly attached to the bow eye and locked in position.
- Put the drain plug in securely.
- Connect the fuel tank, check fluid levels and safety
- Disconnect the trailer light plug to prevent shorting
of electrical system or burning out a bulb.
- Attach a line to the bow and the stern of the boat so
that the boat cannot drift away after launching and it
can be easily maneuvered at the courtesy float.
- Visually inspect the launch ramp for hazards such as
a steep drop off, slippery areas and sharp objects.
- When everything has been double checked, proceed slowly
to the ramp remembering that your boat is just resting
on the trailer and attached only at the bow.
- The ideal situation is to have one person in the boat
and one observer at the water's edge to help guide the
driver of the tow vehicle.
- Drive to the ramp and observe the directional signage.
- Back the boat and trailer down the appropriate ramp.
Keep the rear wheels of the tow vehicle out of the water. This will
generally keep the exhaust pipes out of the water. If the exhaust
pipes become immersed in the water, the engine may stall.
- Set the parking brake and insure the transmission is
- Lower the motor and prepare to start the engine (after
running blowers and checking for fuel leaks).
- Start the boat motor and make sure that water is passing
through the engine cooling system.
- Release the winch and disconnect the winch line from
the bow when the boat operator is ready.
- At this point, the boat should launch with a light shove
or by backing off the trailer under power.
- Return the towing vehicle and trailer to the parking
lot as soon as the boat is launched so the next person
in line may proceed.
- Finish any final loading of your boat at the transient
mooring float, away from the launch ramp so that others
may continue to use it.
- The steps for removing your boat from the water are basically
the reverse of those taken to launch it.
- Keep in mind that the following conditions may have changed
since you launched your boat:
- Change in wind direction and/or speed.
- Change in current and/or tide.
- Increase in boating traffic.
- Unload the boat away from the launch ramp.
- Maneuver the boat carefully to the submerged trailer,
and raise the lower unit of the engine.
- Winch the boat onto the trailer and secure it.
- Drive the trailer with the boat aboard carefully out
of the ramp to the washdown area for cleanup, reloading,
and an equipment safety check.
- Remove the drain plug to allow water to drain from the
Broadalbin Off County Rte 110, 3 miles NE of the Village
of Broadalbin. Hard surface ramp. Parking for 70 cars and trailers.
Cove Marina, Inc.
St Hwy 30
Private Boat Launch
Northshore Road at Snow Road
Edinburg-Conklingville Road, 5 miles
north of the Hamlet of Edinburg, beside the Saratoga County
Park. Hard surface launching ramp. Parking for 44 cars and
534 vandenburg Point Road
Mayfield NY 12117
Public Launch, Parking and dock space for a fee
Marina & Powersports
North Shore Road
located at the mouth of Beechers Creek in Edinburg,
Surface and parking available.
Public - Pay to Launch - Dock Space Available
322 Lakeside Drive
Mayfield, NY 12117
We have equipment to haul-out power boats up to 45' and sail boats up to
36' and storage for all. Our boat launch is available to the public (for a
fee) and space is available to park trailers while boating.
Servie and Marina
- Go -Inn
Launch, Parking and dock space for a fee
at the Bridge
641 Bridge Street
Public - Pay to Launch - Dock Space
Marineland & Cottages
on the Lake
State Route 30 , Mayfield
Lakeside Tavern & Marina
Woods Hollow Road
Public Launch, Parking and dock space for a fee
2335 N Shore Rd
Hadley, NY 12835
Launch Ramp (4 w.d. vehicle required) 10. per
use (launch or take out)
245 Lakeview Road
199 State Highway 30
New York State Launch
On Route 30 in the Village of Northville. Hard surface launching ramp. Parking
for 60 cars and trailers.
284 Houseman Street
199 County Highway 152
Sacandaga Park, Northville
Northampton Beach Campground
Near Route 30, 1 1/2 miles
south of Northville.
Hard surface ramp. Parking for 100 cars and trailers.
117 School Street
Sunset Bay Vacation Resort RV Park and Marina
Paradise Point Road