Tips for Launching Your Boat
Using a ramp to launch a boat requires practice. An empty parking lot is a good place to practice backing your vehicle with a trailer. Do not practice at a launching area when the parking lot and ramps are busy. To back the trailer into the water, here are some safety tips:
^ Be comfortable using your sideview mirrors when backing a trailer.
^ Learn to guess distances when using the mirrors.
^ The trailer turns in the direction opposite to the direction you turn the steering wheel. To adjust for this, place your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. Now, when you turn the steering wheel to the right, the trailer will turn to the right. (See at right side.)
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.