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New to the area, but not new to boating. When the ramps get busy, who gets priority, boats loading or boats unloading?

basically, if I’m getting off of the water do I grab an empty ramp with my boat and then go get the trailer or do i dock it off to the side and then get my trailer and find an empty ramp? I know it can be a free for all, but want to get general consensus. 

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the marina i launch and have a slip at has open and closed signs for the ramps, 1st come 1st served. coming in or pulling out, wait ur turn

 

should be the same with the open 2 directional ramps, 1st come 1st served...

 

ppl are decent for the most part unless you cant back a trailer then the feelz will get tested :rofl:

 

 

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Just get your car and boat or trailer in line. Do not let anyone cut the line.

Biggest problem I’ve found is people that back onto the ramp and THEN start getting boat ready to launch. Pull to the side , ready your vessel and THEN get in line to launch


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And don't tie up to the "active" part of the dock while you're running to get your trailer. Waste of time. Hook your boat to where it won't interfere with the sport who's ready to go, get your trailer, and get in line. So many times I see somebody tie up where nobody else can access the dock, then they wonder why folks get PO'd when they cut around everybody else who's waiting with trailers ready because their boat "is right there" - and nobody can get around them. God forbid someone move their tin can boat, though. Mt Vesuvius. Seen it many times.

 

It works like a charm if the launch/retrieve area stays open until your trailer is in the water. It's the Googans who see an open space and think they got lucky that screw everybody else up.

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Problem with that is there may not be a place to dock other than the "active docks". I launched a lot at the Genesee river and there is no non active area. They are marked thought for launch and retrieve. 

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Courtesy on a busy ramp is an alternate merge scenario.   you go....i go....in or out.  Just know how to launch / pull your boat quickly.   Use the unused dock/ramp when possible.   If its busy, do any adjustment you want before you launch or after or after you pull.  Intended speed / intention to be fast or care to be fast will be met with more patience than don't give a crap slow.  Rigging at the dock is a dick move (if in the way)  as is unrigging or running to the bathroom.  Load your gear before you put in.  Unload after you pull (if the ramp is in any way busy) Treat as you wish to be treated....simple.   If you are new, learn on off hours.  If you haven't run the motor in forever, an active ramp isn't the place to figure out of the boat runs.   This doesn't always happen but those are the rules.  

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All good points 

 

And if your crew is inline  waiting  , help out   the guy in front of you if he needs it . 

 

nothing grinds me worse than  people that don't have their boat loaded and ready to launch . 

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Or putting their canvas up  or down in the middle of the ramp:lol:

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