Georgia Boater Education Course


CHAPTER 3: Trip Planning and Preparation


Now that you’re ready for launch, approach the boat ramp and back the trailer into the water.

Go far enough so that your trailer tires are in the water but not the axle bearings. The cooling water intake holes on the lower unit of the engine should be submerged.

At this point, apply the parking brake on your towing vehicle. If at all possible, you want to keep the wheels of your towing vehicle out of the water.

Now, gradually release the winch line and slowly reverse the boat off of the trailer and into the water.

Once in the water, secure the boat to the dock and promptly move your vehicle and trailer away from the launch. This will avoid blocking any boaters waiting to use the launch.

If you anticipate any kind of engine problems, it’s a good idea to start the engine and let it warm up while your boat is still attached to the winch line, and before reversing the boat off of the trailer. If your engine doesn’t start, it’s a lot easier to retrieve your boat if it is still on the trailer.

Remember to follow good boating etiquette by preparing your boat away from the launch area to prevent unnecessary delays for other boaters.