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Course Outline

Hands connecting trailer lights to vehicle

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.
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