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Updated: 04/10/2014 08:00:00AM

Learn to love the ramp

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mechanical mojo • tony towns

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We’ve all been frustrated at a boat ramp somewhere, or sometime. It’s usually due to someone not being prepared, or worse yet, alone. Maybe next time I’m behind somebody trying to haul a boat alone, I’ll lend a helping hand. Maybe it’ll help keep things moving.

How about putting things in the boat or unloading? Should you need to take things from the car or truck and put them in the boat, please do so at a safe area near the ramp but not at the ramp. You’re going to hold up the line if you wait — seems like this one should be common sense, but no so much. Also, before leaving for the ramp, check your batteries and make sure the engine starts and steers. It’s not much fun to put the boat in the water and realize it won’t start or steer. Also, check your drain plug. If you fuel up at the gas station the night before or in the morning, that’s a good time to double check the boat plug. Don’t wait to check it at the ramp — you’ll hold up the line.

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