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post #11 of 15 Old 05-21-2010
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Your emergency break will quickly become your friend. We trailered a ski boat for years using a truck with a manual transmission and never had a problem. Plus I assume you have all wheel drive? That will also help. Enjoy the new boat - it looks like a lot of fun!
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Though I'd update ya'll. Did my first launch and haul today. The car stayed dry and the boat got wet!!!!!! Crummy sailing (no wind) but I conquered my fear and figured out that I truly was overthinking it. My car did an awesome job and pulled the boat out like it wasn't even there. I need to practice backing a little more although with 4 different people hollering at you it was a little stressful. I'll be a pro at this by September!!
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Lynne, maybe this is oldnews to you, but sometimes the easiest way to back a trailer is by putting your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel instead of the top. That way your instinctive movements (left or right) become reversed, which is just what you want when the car is moving backwards too.
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Any help is appreciated but yes that is how I back the trailer. My problem is that I haven't learned how to finesse it. I back too far in one direction and don't straighten out in time so the trailer ends up at too acute of an angle to the car so I have to pull forward to straighten out and try again. In addition it isn't exactly a straight shot back. The actual ramp doglegs slightly from the approach lane and then drops off steeply. The only way to see what you are doing is to zigzag down the ramp alternating which mirror you use until the car goes over the edge and you can see the trailer again...it's crazy! Plus it's absolutely necessary to have someone tell you when you are at the waterline because it goes from 0 to 10 feet in about a trailer length and the part of the ramp that is in the water is slick. I think once I figure out landmarks to line up with it'll be a piece of cake. It will also help to NOT have my fleetmates taking bets on how long it will take me to actually make it down the ramp (all in good fun of course). When I pulled the boat out today a collective cheer went up from the clubhouse though I'd like to think it was celebratory for my success not for the bet winner! I am proud to say that I managed to complete the task both times in less than 10 minutes...it just felt like 10 hours. So far everyone at the club has been very supportive and I'm happy to say I've not witnessed any eye-rolling regarding my gender, newbieness or the fact that I'm not planning on racing this summer.
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i witnessed a honda accord trying to break some sort of speed record yesterday with his launch. serious dump and run. he had so much momentum that the boat reached the end of the dock before they could stop it. it didn't help that his two friends looked like they were taking the boat for a walk they had so much line out.
...everyone's a critic when they're watching. no worries.
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