Posted by: Andy
October 15, 2013

Andy

Maybe Get Back -4 Tips for Backing up a Boat Trailer

BackUpBoatE

Backing a boat trailer can be intimidating, especially at a crowded boat ramp.  Sometimes the trailer seems to have a mind of its own. With cooler temperatures and hunting seasons, there may be fewer people at the lake so this might be a good time to practice. Here are a few tips: 1) Slow and steady. “Haste makes… the tire fall off the side of the ramp.” There is a little bit of lag time…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 11, 2013

Tom K.

Launch Ramp Etiquette

Boating is fun. Fishing is fun. And the combination is outstanding.  There is one hurdle that we need to clear before we turn the bow towards our favorite hot spot and that is the boat ramp.  And with that being said, some of you are probably chuckling while others are getting steaming mad. I have the same mixed emotions myself, and when the ramp turns into a circus my patience drains really fast.  Rather than…

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Posted by: Andy
April 2, 2013

Andy

It’s A-Boat Time!

SpringBoatE

I still have snow in the yard but the calendar says “Spring” and in the yard, there are shoots from flowers pushing skyward so I know it is time to go over my “Get the Boat Ready” list. 1. Is the boat registration up to date? Some state agencies require a yearly renewal, while others all renew on a certain date.  Best bet is to check your state’s boat registration dates and requirements. 2. Do…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 21, 2012

Tom K.

Small Mistakes, Big Costs

Make sure your drainage issues are resolved before you leave your boat.

I was at a boat ramp the other day and saw a boat off the trailer sitting directly on the ramp.  Probably the only thing grimmer than seeing a boat that should be in the water perched on the ramp, has to be the sound of fiberglass hitting concrete.  Ouch. In preparation for the launch, the owner unhooked the tow strap and chain, and proceeded to back down the ramp.  He had a buddy behind…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 10, 2012

Tom K.

Fishing and Boating Rigs

An old Jeep CJ 7 ready to run the beaches.

We all know that fishing and boating are two of the best activities going.  Some days we don’t catch ‘em up as much as we’d want to, or other days the rain or chop foils our plans for a smooth boat ride.  Those tough days make the other ones even more enjoyable, but so does riding in the vehicles that get us to where we’re going. Now that fishing is fully underway in my area…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 5, 2012

Tom K.

Safety First

Safe Boating

Many boaters have already logged significant hours on the water.  For me up here in New England?  I’m just getting ready.  The initial arrival of migrating striped bass combined with unseasonably warm temperatures has motivated me to get my boat out of the mothballs.  Part of my checklist is reviewing all of my U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) safety requirements.  I’ve got PFD’s for every passenger I intend to bring onboard, a whistle, a visual distress…

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Posted by: Tom K.
September 8, 2011

Tom K.

Back a trailer down a ramp like a pro

For whatever reason, some things in life just don’t come easy.  Patting your head and rubbing your belly is one.  Learning to tie your shoe laces is another.  Driving on ice is a third.  Add backing a trailer down a ramp to the list. For whatever reason, most boaters have a tough time backing down a ramp.  Maybe it is the backwards view of the world that comes from looking in a rearview mirror.  Maybe…

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Posted by: Andy
August 16, 2011

Andy

A Strapping Lad

EmptyTrailors

While visiting Pennsylvania recently, I noticed something that might cause a touch of concern for boat owners: frequent sightings of vehicles towing empty boat trailers. I have a feeling that most of those “missing boats” are out on the water being maximized for use by their owners during the warm, summer months.  Or is there some sort of a boat trailer show at the Venago County Fair? What may cause that aforementioned concern – in…

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