" Don't tell me about boats....I KNOW boats!"

Don't tell me about boats, I've had my own boat since I was 9 years old ( I'm 62),

I worked on commercial boats for years, prawning, Cairns game boat fleet, East coast Scallops.

I had my own specialist saltwater charter FTLO up North .

I KNOW about boats.

Yesterday morning I launched my nearly new $50k rig with absolute perfection.

Halfway down the ramp onto the concrete.

Luckily for me there was only a crowd of about ten waiting to launch their rigs.

No embarresment or anything......much.

with so many helpers we managed to get the good ship DILLIGAF? Into the water with no damage.

And no one was hurt ( altho I may never be mentally the same....ever again)

Note to self.

Dont ever undo the safety chain before the hull is wet, even if it means wet feet,





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Sun, 2017-09-10 14:28



Love the West!

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Thanks for sharing and adding

Sun, 2017-09-10 15:03

Thanks for sharing and adding to the gun ex-pro skipper stereotype.

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No worries mate

Sun, 2017-09-10 16:50

legend status is easy to get, but hard to maintain, ;-) happy to share my extensive expertise, particularly when it comes to the ramp.

gave me a new perspective to " land based fishing" 

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He does know boats too!

Sun, 2017-09-10 15:26

As a regular deckie for the poor old fella I can attest to his competency as Skipper. Not so sure of his ability to find the water before launching anymore though. Clearly remember him asking if the safety chain was on last time I pulled it out.



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GOod help is hard to find!

Sun, 2017-09-10 16:54

thats alright, the day remained interesting, later in the day I took off after leaving a line in.......300m of braid out in the water.....it's a long crank in on a little Calcutta 400. 

And then hooked myself in the back with A Lazer pro 190 when I climbed out of Dillogaf?

did I need a brew after that? 



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Sun, 2017-09-10 17:21

 Are you sure someone isn't trying to tell you something?

Great read and excellent replies to the posts.

Winding 300m back on the Calcutta would be 30 mins of your life you won't get back! ha ha

Not having your wealth of experience I am somewhat joyed to learn others do dumb things. I left the berley pot in the water of the run home. Couldn't work out what the banging sound was. Needless to say the boat needed and extra wash with smashed mulies all over the stern and marlin board.

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Lessons sometimes a bit slow for me to learn...gettin old?

Sun, 2017-09-10 17:43

 I guess we all have one of those days.the fish didn't cooperate either, but it was a spectacular day out weather wise.

wouldnt miss it for quids, and the little dramas are the spice of life

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heres 1 for you

Thu, 2017-09-14 20:09

 years back when you could get premix two stoke at the bowser in Dampier , i asked old mate to fuel the boat while i went in and paid for it all done down to the boat club  for a launch and we are of get about 75 meters from the ramp  "poof" and outboard stoped in a cloud of smoke , i had to dive in and towe the boat back to the ramp , back home , check for spark , yes plenty of spark , wtf is going on here  drained a carby , hmm that doesnt smell like petrol , turned out old mate had fueled us up with diesel message to self dont let old mate fuel the boat again hahah

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 seen that a couple of times.

Sun, 2017-09-10 18:04

 seen that a couple of times. yeah it seem funny to onlookers but it aint anywhere that. 

at least you got out and had a great day, hope no damage

worst i did was forget the bungs, parked the car then back to ramp to see boat taking on water, never ran so fast back to the car.



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 Haha i left my catch bag

Sun, 2017-09-10 18:31

 Haha i left my catch bag full of 3 days quota of crays hanging in the water behind my boat in Thompson bay .i lost the lot as i moved moorings had to laugh and easy to do

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So you're back from work?

Sun, 2017-09-10 19:13

 Nice way to announce it.   Try to catch up with you before I head off  on Wednesday.  Make sure you don't use a rod holder to fuel it up

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I did same thing with the

Sun, 2017-09-10 19:34

I did same thing with the first launch of my first brand new boat. Took a chunk of diet off that another my every time I saw it


Boston Whaler 235 Conquest......getting the flogging it was built for.

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 Showing a mate at the

Sun, 2017-09-10 20:10

 Showing a mate at the Abrolhos yesterday where the channels are and I managed to find where one wasnt.

In a spot Ive shown many people here and been into uncountable times myself night and day...


 Give a man a mask, and he'll show you his true face...



The older you get the more you realize that no one has a f++king clue what they're doing.

Everyone's just winging it.


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I have often thought

Mon, 2017-09-11 00:59

I have often thought of sitting at a launching ramp (Leeuwin comes to mind) with a video camera and catching some of the antics you see at the ramps on video and sending it to funniest home videos a programme that used to be on TV.

Then the thought came to me that I could end up in the same predicament you see some people get themselves into and I wouldn't like to see myself on this TV programme so I have never done it.
Mind you some of the ramp rage incidents need to be televised to shame some of the drop kicks you see performing at times.

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Boat disasters

Mon, 2017-09-11 15:00

I have been boating for about 20 years and last year managed to leave the motor trimmed down put the boat on the trailer and dragged it up the ramp in front of about 15 people. Lucky I had insurance $4700 for a new prop and gearbox casing... 

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 the worst ramp rage i seen

Mon, 2017-09-11 15:14

 the worst ramp rage i seen was down at pt peron. the owner was getting xtremely pissed of when the boat just would not go on straight and with what looked like novices it was getting worse. in the end he just hooked the boat up with it so skew wiff and not all the way up he just slammed his car into gear and dropped the clutch. everything moved but the boat. he snapped the cable and the fairly new boat just dropped on the ramp. didnt hang around to see the outcome, could see flames comming out of the guys ears


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Bummer, glad your rig came

Mon, 2017-09-11 15:41

Bummer, glad your rig came out unscathed. I bet you were stunned for a few seconds!

Ive done the bungs and motor trimmed down tricks but came out unscathed luckily!

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 a relative of ours got a

Mon, 2017-09-11 15:51

 a relative of ours got a brand new tub. out for the maiden voyage , got nearly all the way down the ramp. all i can say , thank god for insurance.


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Dont mind sharing bloopers!

Wed, 2017-09-13 11:03

 Its  ice to hear others stories!

I think we all do it sometimes...cheers team!

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Dont mind sharing bloopers!

Wed, 2017-09-13 11:05

 Its  ni


ce to hear others stories!

I think we all do it sometimes...cheers team!

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 Thanks for sharing Lance, a

Wed, 2017-09-13 12:50

 Thanks for sharing Lance, a good dose of humilty is good every now and again, particularly for someone with a lot of experience, helps keeps things on an even keel, so to speak   Though minus the witnesses is better LOL

Sounds like no damage so that's great and all 3 incidents out of the way in one day 

I once reversed and jammed the brakes on several times only to realise the tie downs still on, test correct LOL

Lost quite a few berley pots, but now put the hand reel that holds the line on the drivers seat.

I always have at least 2 attachments except when the boat is in the water which has saved me from that fate, so far



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Two Rocks jetty

Wed, 2017-09-13 13:12

Retrieving 24foot ali solo at Two Rocks boat ramp mid afternnon with sea breeze in. Put boat alongside the jetty with one 25mm rope and some slack as boat was held against jetty by seabreeze. Reversed trailer down and drove boat on, hopped over onto jetty, into car and drove off. BANG, WTF was that? Rope was still tied to one of the jarrah 10x 5 post and now post was being dragged up the ramp after being ripped clean off. Wouldn't have been too bad if no one had seen it but a mate happened to be walking past saw it and was cacking himself laughing.

Another one, again off Two Rocks, 1700 in the arvo taking 4 new pots out to swap with the worm eaten ones, inboard motor starts coughing and farting, tell son to drop pots over the side and have a look under the engine hatch as rough as guts with 25knot sea breeze blowing. He opened the hatch and water spraying everywhere, lifted deck hatch and 18inches of water in main hull section. Flat out back into marina at 5 knots, son 12, was experienced at driving boat onto trailer so got him to do a close pass by end of jetty so I could jump over and get trailer down ramp without the boat having to stop and probable sink. He drove boat straight on first go like a real pro, and I quickly connected cable and chain and got it up to the top of the ramp, one look told me darling son had done what I never did on that boat is to remove bungs. Was a full stream coming out of both holes for what seemed like half an hour.
Again lucky that only one other person beside son and I had seen it.

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I hear ya mate.

Thu, 2017-09-14 17:04

 THe point is I guess that we all need to remain vigilant. It's just too easy to get a bit slack.

its been great to read about our bloopers ( and I have plenty more) and have a little chuckle.




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 What about when your messing

Fri, 2017-09-15 06:51

 What about when your messing around and fuel up your rod holder instead of the fuel tank! I was witness to that at petrol station. Was a good laugh!