Prepare to launch well away from the boat ramp so that you don’t block ramp traffic.
- Transfer all equipment and supplies to the vessel.
- Disconnect trailer lights from the towing vehicle.
- Remove all tie-down straps before backing down the ramp, but leave the trailer winch line securely attached to the vessel.
- Make sure the vessel’s drain plug is in place.
- Tie a rope to the vessel’s bow to use to control the vessel if necessary during launching.