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Note: Boaters and Anglers, please remember that you can help prevent the spread of unwanted aquatic plant and animal species by following these guidelines:
  • 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
Gordon's Marine

Successfully Launching Your Boat
A Survival Guide for Trailer Boaters at the Ramp


© Alan Sorum
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 for hours.

Boat Trailering

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

 


Launch Procedures


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 ramp:

 

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Pre-Launching Preparations
  • Prepare your boat for launching away from the ramp as a courtesy to others and to prevent rushing during the launch.
  • 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 equipment.
  • 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.

 

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Launching
  • 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 in park.
  • 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.

 


Retrieval
  • 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.
  • Visibility.
  • 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 boat.

 

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Broadalbin, Town of
Lakeview Road
518-883-4657

Broadalbin Off County Rte 110, 3 miles NE of the Village of Broadalbin. Hard surface ramp. Parking for 70 cars and trailers.
DEC Launch


Cranberry Cove Marina, Inc.
1840 St Hwy 30
Mayfield

518-661-5616
Private Boat Launch

Day, Town of
County Highway 4
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 trailers.

DEC Launch


Driftwood Park
534 vandenburg Point Road
Mayfield NY 12117
518-661-9905

Public Launch, Parking and dock space for a fee

Edinburg Marina & Powersports
140 North Shore Road
Edinburg
518-863-8398


located at the mouth of Beechers Creek in Edinburg, NY.Hard Surface and parking available.

Public - Pay to Launch - Dock Space Available

Gordon's Lakeside Marine
322 Lakeside Drive
Mayfield, NY 12117
518-661-5031


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.

Holly's Servie and Marina
275 Lakeside Drive
Mayfield
518-661-5512

I - Go -Inn
241 South Shore Road
Edinburg
518-883-8900

Public Launch, Parking and dock space for a fee

Inn at the Bridge
641 Bridge Street
Northville
518-863-2240

Public - Pay to Launch - Dock Space Available


Lasky's Marineland & Cottages
412 Griffis Road
Gloversville
518-883-3060

Lanzi's on the Lake
State Route 30 , Mayfield
518-661-7711


Lakeside Tavern & Marina
306 Woods Hollow Road
Mussels Harbor
518-883-4881

Public Launch, Parking and dock space for a fee


Majestic Mountain Marina
2335 N Shore Rd
Hadley, NY 12835
518-696-3727

Launch Ramp (4 w.d. vehicle required) 10. per use (launch or take out)


McMurry's Boat Livery
245 Lakeview Road
Broadalbin
518-883-5068


Millers Grandview Marine  
342 Lakeside Drive
Mayfield
518-661-5824

Montoney's Marine
199 State Highway 30
Mayfield
518-661-6473
 
Northville, New York State Launch
518-883-4211

On Route 30 in the Village of Northville. Hard surface launching ramp. Parking for 60 cars and trailers.
DEC Launch

Northampton Marina
284 Houseman Street
Mayfield - 12117
518-863-8127

Park Base Marine
199 County Highway 152
Sacandaga Park, Northville
518-863-8112
 

Northampton Beach Campground
518-863-6000

Near Route 30, 1 1/2 miles south of Northville.
Hard surface ramp. Parking for 100 cars and trailers.


DEC Launch

Sacandaga Marina
117 School Street
Mayfield
518-661-6021


Sunset Bay Vacation Resort RV Park and Marina
Paradise Point Road
Mayfield
518-661-6187
  

 

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