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^ Check the ramp to make sure that it's clear.

^ Back the vehicle and boat down the ramp until the boat begins to float. If you do not back down the ramp far enough, the boat will be hard to get off the trailer when you are ready to leave. If you back down the ramp too far, the boat will float off the trailer and might get in someone's way or hit the dock and be damaged.

^ If the ramp has room for more than one boat, back straight down on one side of the ramp. This will make it possible for others to launch or recover their boats at the same time.

^ Do not start the engine until the boat is in the water, because engines that are supposed to be cooled by circulating water may be damaged.

^ Once the boat is off the trailer, you can remove the winch cable.


Help prevent the spread of animals and plants that cause a nuisance in California waters. Aquatic plants and animals that are transported to a place where they're not native can cause problems for native organisms and upset the natural ecosystem. Remove all aquatic plants and drain water from your boat and trailer when you pull your boat out of the water. Aquatic nuisance species in California include water hyacinth, hydrilla, Egeria densa, Amur River clam, Chinese mitten crab, European green crab, and the New Zealand Sea Slug.


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