silly people at hillary's boat ramp

silly people at hillary's boat ramp

 Watched these guys launch their boat on the drive way at hillary's.  Pretty funny


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hahaha they should start with

Sat, 2013-02-09 23:03

hahaha they should start with a kayak roof topper

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Thats goto suck

Sat, 2013-02-09 23:04

Seems to happen alot these days .

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Sat, 2013-02-09 23:34

Just wondering ...I would bet some people will pay for someone to launch their boat  for them ... maybe a $5er in, and the same to retreive. Swap drivers in the carpark, and go home all good !!! launching guy then returns to his postion at the ramp waiting for the next $5 er. These people arent idiots , they just dont have much experience at boating.OK ..some are but the majority just havent got any idea.  Most people learn in time, Its easy if experienced but if your not , the pressure of the line up no doubt gets to some. 

Just think of the great videos the launching guy would take of the ones who dont want to pay !!! Maybe he would b able to sell them for a good price to prevent it getting on websites like this !!


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A $5 to assume responsibility

Sun, 2013-02-10 08:08

A $5 to assume responsibility for all and any crap that comes to the ramp? You would have to be joking, or at least know where to the cheapest insurance ever.


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feel sorry for them

Sun, 2013-02-10 01:26

i fell sorry for them was it on launch or retrieve, good to see the good ole well help you out cobber aussie attitude showing up well.

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Sun, 2013-02-10 03:01

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, there's a hole in that bloke's hat for sure. Looks like the skipper will be sitting on a pole too hahaha


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Dry Boat

Sun, 2013-02-10 04:25

they wanted a "Dry Boat"


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is it just me

Sun, 2013-02-10 07:00

or is there a fair bit of flex in the main draw bar??



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they will bend like that

Sun, 2013-02-10 07:13

my double beamed one used to flex like that when putting it back on after having it on the drive for maintainance

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 im glad it wasnt a sharkcat

Sun, 2013-02-10 07:54

 im glad it wasnt a sharkcat otherwise it would cop some flak for coming off the trailer in calm conditions mabey skipper error ?

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Does anyone on this site

Sun, 2013-02-10 08:21

Does anyone on this site actually reverse down the ramp with no winch and/or chain attached and can I ask why?? Surely its not worth it?


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I know, it makes me

Sun, 2013-02-10 08:37

I know, it makes me cringe!

For me, its safety strap and winch done up until the trailer is in the water.


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 Same here Jamie. I think

Sun, 2013-02-10 08:42

 Same here Jamie. I think aliens have been and sucked all the comon sense from the planet.


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no chance with my tub she

Sun, 2013-02-10 09:13

no chance with my tub she comes off the trailer like a missile...even when in the water I have to wrap a short rope around the winch post as well ...


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Sun, 2013-02-10 08:35

thats what happens when you buy a mercury outboard!

Seriously, Ive seen it happen where the culprit was the "inexperienced" decky-

"I thought you forgot to unhook the winch so I did it while you were getting back in the car to back down"


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I have seen that done as

Sun, 2013-02-10 08:53

I have seen that done as well.


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I know the feeling

Sun, 2013-02-10 16:34

 Same happened to me - 680 Encore almost on its guts if not for a mate who was waiting in his boat.

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Classic! Lol

Sun, 2013-02-10 08:39

Classic! Lol


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see it all the time

Sun, 2013-02-10 08:47

can't work out why they do this, undo it just before the water for an auto launch but not up the top of the ramp,poor buggers!!!


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Did you end up giving them a

Sun, 2013-02-10 08:48

Did you end up giving them a hand Gav , couple of blokes to try and pull that the bow down might've been the go ...


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 Not hard from that angle

Sun, 2013-02-10 08:53

 Not hard from that angle Chris. That's roughly where I get my boat when retrieving from a beach launch. Once it tip over the centre of gravity piece of piss.


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 I was in my mates boat just

Sun, 2013-02-10 11:07

 I was in my mates boat just heading out so couldn't get over there



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 Jeezus feel sorry for them

Sun, 2013-02-10 09:15

 Jeezus feel sorry for them but atleast they'll know for next time. Wonder what damage eventuated from that?

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 suppose at least it wasnt a

Sun, 2013-02-10 09:58

 suppose at least it wasnt a big boat so a few blokes would have been able to get it back on the trailer makes you wonder



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Shit happens

Sun, 2013-02-10 10:00

Poor buggers so they stuffed up if I was there would of been straight over to give them a hand obviously they didn't mean this to happen could of been a expensive learning curve.

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SPEWIN! I seen some goose at

Sun, 2013-02-10 11:44

SPEWIN! I seen some goose at hillarys loose his trailer an his attached dinghy into the water. The dinghy floated an was still attached to the trailer which was quite a way under water. Couldnt help but laugh cause the clown had unhooked his towball or something before reversing down.

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 what a rookie

Sun, 2013-02-10 15:04

 what a rookie

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 Shit happens, everyone I'm

Sun, 2013-02-10 15:25

 Shit happens, everyone I'm sure has done something stupid or had a moment of madness, just hope there were a couple of fellas there nice enough to give a hand. I think he learnt something out of it

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Everyone was born an expert

Sun, 2013-02-10 16:05

or so it seems. As a human race, for most, we make mistakes and learn from them. (some don't but that's a different story)

I've lost my boat off the back of the trailer in spendid fashion one day. Shit just went wrong. it was Cervantes beach launch, flat water, flat beach, had a whole 2 meters to reverse back so undid the safety, car came back, main strap snapped and I broke my rear steps off as I just had enough water to float seeing my draw is less than 30cm. luckily my motor was up full and no damage done outside of ego.

Mistake of "trusting" something as simple as a super short reverse and not wanting to bog down but it's taught me a lot.

You go for a car licence and you have a shitload of checks and hoops to go through. Go for your boating licence and not a moment on "safety and precautions at a boat ramp".

Mistakes have to be made for us all to learn.....

With the flex in the main draw bar, maybe she's an older trailor and the safety let go also?

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check your hitch

Sun, 2013-02-10 17:40

 Mate was down at Belmont skiing and went to grab his car and trailer, backed in, hooked up and bang! some dickehead had removed the pin and pulled the release up, then put pin back in so hitch couldn't lock. Not that funny with young kids and a line up of people wanting to retrieve.

He has also had two winch handles nicked whilst out on the water so now has to remove and then re-attach when he wants to retrieve.

From these little stories I always check the hitch is locked when returning to the car but am staggerred by the number of idiots wrecking or knicking gear at metro boat ramps. 

In regards to launching I have to winch the boat off the trailer, rollers are like lightening! Takes a bit longer but thankfully dont run the risk of being on the front page of fishwrecked....yet..

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 Your right rabbit it does

Sun, 2013-02-10 17:52

 Your right rabbit it does amaze me too the amount of stuff pinched at ramps from shackles to handles my motto is don't leave anything handy for the pricks to pinch



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Sun, 2013-02-10 17:58

Were at Mordialloc in Melbourne years back when this bloke comes in using a Hire Boat, we are standing on the jetty near where he ties up with the side of the boat parallel to the jetty.
Gathers his rod's and tackle, stands on the seat then the side of the boat then takes one step.
A big splash on the opposite side to the jetty, and he went right under with rod's tackle and when he comes up he says what happened ?.
Like someone must have moved the jetty on him. Was a great laugh.


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Sun, 2013-02-10 18:05

When we lived in Mandurah. Were at the Old MOFC when it was behind the caravan park, the Safety Officer had a Seeker with a Mercruiser in and he did the same when launching his boat only to shear the pivot off on the leg at the gimble.

Turns out is could not have happened to a nicer bloke as he turned out a real thief.
You could never leave change on the bar or off it would go with him.
I call it Karma.


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I had my trailer snap one time at the break bar

Sun, 2013-02-10 18:18

when reversing back, bit more rust than I had been able to see internaly in the trailer in the main draw line(had started a full build of a new trailer and at that stage and was 3/4 way there), looking in the mirror as my boat still attached to the trailer decided to make it to the end of the launch jetty perfectly, was a cat and thats where the party started, retrived the trailer and moored till sorted out the new 1 2 be finnished and galved, ran in to a couple of blokes that helped me out on the day at the pub and shouted them a couple of jugs, apart from that a good day on the water


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do you have any lessons on launching

Sun, 2013-02-10 19:07

when you go for a skippers ticket do you have any lessons on how to launch or retreive your boat on a trailer .I didn't do a skippers ticket i had a coxns ticket and just showed that and got issued a skippers.

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Sun, 2013-02-10 20:19

I did one of the "better" courses and nothing. My wife adn mates did the "i'll pass you" one and have no idea at all.

Should be part of it. If someone was under a boat when it falls and possible slides/rolls, yuk!

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Sun, 2013-02-10 19:56

Lucky its a Merc on the back, any other motor couldnt of hacked the concrete!


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Boat ramps are always a great

Mon, 2013-02-11 15:07

Boat ramps are always a great source of entertainment!  feel sorry for the poor bugger especially if he is new to the boating game, if he is and "experinced" boater he should really know better!

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Been there done that.....

Thu, 2013-02-14 20:59

....well, not exactly there. It was only the second time I'd ever launched my first boat. At the boating course I did, they recommended to unlatch everything before I backed down to make sure I didn't waste other people's time. So I did. All it took was the slightest little touch on the breaks and off she went. Lesson learned. Poor guys. Hope they didn't damage anything.

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Beau asked if anybody

Fri, 2013-02-15 08:30

Beau asked if anybody reverses down a ramp with chains and strap off,since starting the bream tournament fishing i think most people i know do this,,to launch 40 boats in double quick time they undo the straps before reversing as soon as the out boards in the water they drive it off,, you will see more experiened people doing this rather than inexperienced and i have only seen one mishap,but most folks would be better taking off the strap at the bottom of the ramp.

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Are most of these bunk

Fri, 2013-02-15 11:11

Are most of these bunk trailers though ? Becasue multi-roller will roll off out of the water. Undoing the chain before reversing is a very yank way out launching there float on and off bunk trailers.

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Looks like

Fri, 2013-02-15 10:19

 Looks like trailer is flexing at break back point for me...back trail or under while mate uses winch....transducer prob buggered...for beach launching I sometimes unhook...ESP if prick of a wave on no close in drop off...everything's up at the back...long bow rope to son...time the run with the waves...back we go...hit the brake boat slides off...drifts with momentum to good water...son turns the nose into the waves...4wd is in and out of the water in a jiffy...your feet stay dry the inside of the car stays win if done rite...know your gear, check out the launch area properly, all on the same page...keep to your normal routine....that last one may be the big key with all hook ups launches easy is it to miss something when you get interrupted or have a newbie joining you for the day....trying to be helpful but in a kind way is not...I reckon a lot of members have had that experience...





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Tue, 2013-04-16 09:46

 All I can say is prior perpetration prevents piss poor performance I can relate this to everything boating through to work or even a good piss up !!

even if its a new ramp ill do my homework,  tides, ill try find a pic on the net, rules, do's/ dont's etc etc if I see some ppl I think are green or unsure ill offer my help, its a heap quicker than dragging a boat off the ramp I'm only a young bloke and sometimes the old boys can't handle that 150k cat by them selves anymore,

tite lines to all .....