We can all remember that time of intense pressure and scrutiny to get our watercraft launched at the crowded boat ramp. Maybe you didn’t have quite enough practice or the ramp location was just jam packed with summer weekenders.
Whatever the case may be, we could all use a few tips or reminders here and there from some experts. That’s why Sea-Doo wants you to ‘Doo It Right’ and is offering a few pointers to make sure your next trip to the boat ramp goes smoothly.
First and foremost, you want to be familiar with the ramp location, its launch/land area, and surrounding waterways. You might want to view a google maps satellite image of the area, view posted pictures of the ramp, or simply swing by and check it out prior to arriving with your watercraft especially if it will be your first visit to the ramp.
Next you want to make sure you are prepared prior to leaving your home. This includes performing necessary checklist items to ensure your watercraft is performing according to your owner’s manual. Make sure it is in good running order and ensure you have enough fuel for your ride.
Ensure you have your PFD and other safety gear. Check your drain plugs and ensure your intake grate and prop area are free of obstructions. Also be sure to pack personal essentials such as sunscreen and water bottles.
As you arrive to the ramp, there are some general etiquette guidelines that are standard. This includes doing all prep-work prior to arriving in the launch lane. For instance, you want to make sure to have covers removed, dock lines already tied to the watercraft, and coolers or other accessories already in place.
Now you are ready to pull into the launch lane. As soon as it’s your turn, back your watercraft into the water. Once unhooked from the trailer, you or a partner can safely tie it off on a designated staging dock. Then park your vehicle and return to your watercraft so that you can exit the area to make way for the next person.
Landing the watercraft is simply done in the reverse order. Not rushing under pressure is important to ensure everything is done correctly without injury or damages but also preparation work is key.
For more detailed steps, check out the Sea-Doo Blog with included video. Now you can be fully prepared and confident on your next outing.