Follow the tips below, or watch our boat ramp etiquette guide, and nobody should get hot under the collar at the boat ramp.

Tips for launching:

  • Be prepared before you get to the boat ramp – check the boat is ready to use and make sure the bungs are in!
  • Don’t block the ramp. Remove trailer lights and tie down straps in the parking area
  • Tie a painter (rope) to the bow of the vessel so that you can control it as it comes off the trailer
  • Check the state of tide and condition of ramp before reversing down the ramp – it may save you getting bogged or damaging your trailer or outboard leg.
  • If you are unsure, seek local knowledge.

Tips for retrieving your boat:

  • Be prepared – organise berthing lines and fenders and once berthed make sure someone looks after the vessel whilst the trailer is retrieved
  • Run the winch cable out and hook it up at the back of the trailer before reversing down the ramp. It is then ready to hook the boat on
  • Don’t reverse too far down the ramp – some ramps are difficult or not suitable at low tide
  • Remember to raise the outboard before winching the boat on to the trailer
  • Connect the safety chain when the boat is in its correct position
  • Drive clear of the ramp so it is free for others to use
  • Remove bungs, attach tie down straps and ready the boat for the trip home whilst in the parking area away from the ramp.