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post #13 of Old 08-12-2013
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Re: longer hitch for launching boat

Yes, I agree, my trailer rolls less than 80 feet each way with the extension connected. Probably never sees speeds over 1/2 mph. I do get a lot of looks from other boaters launching though. I recommend anyone planning a deep launch to do some research on how far the concrete extends down the ramp to avoid the dreaded drop off and possible wheel hang up on the trailer retrieval. I would not trust a verbal description from anyone unless i see them launch a boat/trailer combo similar to my setup. If there is a pier next to the ramp you can use a piece of metal emt conduit and tap on concrete ramp as you walk out to deeper water while still on the pier. When the clank sound changes to a thud, you are in sand/mud and past the lip of the ramp. Make a note of how far out you walked and also what the tide status is at that time of the day. This worked great for me as i launched from a strange ramp for the 1st time with zero surprises.
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