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Home > Take Me Fishing Blog > August 2022 > The Proper Way to Launch a Boat From a Trailer
My first advice on how to launch a boat from a trailer is to take your time, think things through, and consult a checklist if you have one. This is especially true if you’re new to launching a boat from a trailer and are (understandably) a bit nervous about it. Here’s what I consider the proper way to launch a boat.
When you get to the site, there may be a lineup of people coming and going and too many of them are impatient and/or inconsiderate. So, it helps to have things in order before you get to the launch ramp. Once there:
Your type of boat and trailer, as well as steepness of the ramp, may determine whether the proper way to launch a boat is to drive or float it off the trailer. Be careful not to back your tow vehicle so far into the water that the tailpipe gets submerged, or worse, the back of your vehicle.
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Ken Schultz was a longtime staff writer for Field & Stream magazine and is the former Fishing Editor of ESPNoutdoors.com. He’s written and photographed nineteen books on sportfishing topics, plus an annual fishing tips calendar, and his writing has appeared on various websites for more than two decades. His author website is kenschultz.com
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