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Launching a boat
Do initial launch preparations away from the ramp so as not to impede launching for others.
Raise the outdrive or motor, remove the support bracket and install the drain plug.
Disconnect the trailer wiring. Remove tie down straps and again check the drain plug.
Make any equipment adjustments necessary and check the drain plug.
Connect the fuel tank, check fluid levels and check the drain plug.
Drive to the ramp and back the boat and trailer down the ramp, keeping the tow vehicle's wheels out of the water.
Set the emergency brake, shift into Park, and block the wheels.
Someone should get aboard the boat, turn on the blower, lower the motor, look for water entering the boat, sniff the bilge and start the motor.
Make sure you have attached a
to the boat, then release the winch and disconnect the winch line.
You should be able to launch the boat with a slight shove or by backing the boat off the trailer under power.
Move the boat to an area away from the ramp to load additional equipment and passengers.
Return the towing vehicle to the parking lot as soon as the boat is launched so the next person in line may proceed.
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