Many of us trailer our boats and the closer we get to the boat ramp the more anxious we are to get on the water. When we finally arrive, there are significant backups at the ramp. We have all learned to be patient. Many times it is a popular boating area or time of the day, but occasionally we experience the boater that has stopped in the ramp area to ready their boat for launch, blocking the ramp and causing a backup for everyone.
If you need to ready your boat for launch, pull into the parking or per-launch area. Every ramp area has a pre-launch spot where you can pull in and prepare your boat. A pre-launch checklist may help get you into the ramps quickly.
Check all the plugs, load fishing equipment, set up your downriggers, hook your electronics and double check PFDs and other safety equipment. As you back into the ramp, make sure the tie-downs are released and be sure to disconnect your trailer light plug from your tow vehicle. Get your boat into the water, secure it away from the ramp and pull your truck and trailer out and into the parking area.
When you return to the ramp, the same courtesy applies. Quickly fasten it down on the trailer, pull out of the ramp and head for the tie-down area. Courtesy at the ramp helps to make it a quick launch and retrieval for everyone.