BOAT RAMP ETIQUETTE TO LIVE AND LAUNCH BY
I suffer from ramp rage in a big way. I can’t help it. When I get to the boat ramp, I am itching to get out on the water and start fishing and I simply do not have the patience to tolerate bad launch ramp etiquette that is going to keep me from my fishing a moment longer. The photo is of my dream boat ramp but that is rarely the case.
Last week I pulled up to my local launch ramp and there was a car already parked up on it with a group of kayakers getting ready to unload and launch from the ramp. They were all stood around, arms crossed, having a chat in the morning sun. I assumed they would jump to it when I pulled up, but they simply acknowledged me with a nod and continued chatting. It wasn’t until I got out and told them I was waiting to use the ramp, with all the passive aggressive charm I could muster, that they got on with it.
This got me thinking about what are the unwritten rules of launch ramp etiquette.
DON’T GET IN THE QUEUE BEFORE YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR PRE-LAUNCH CHECKS
There are plenty of things that need checking, unstrapping and putting into place. Do this before you launch your boat. Don’t get in the queue before you have done them. You will only hold everyone up while you try and complete them at the last minute.
DON’T TRY AND JUMP THE QUEUE
The boat ramp queue is a sacred thing and must be respected. I have seen blokes genuinely come to blows over one party trying to sneak in front of the other.
WHEN RETRIEVING, DON’T BLOCK THE LAUNCH LANE
The queue is formed by vehicles, not by boats. Just because you are the only boat waiting to retrieve doesn’t mean you can just block the launch lane until your vehicle arrives. Only move your boat to the launch lane once your vehicle has been through the queue and is positioned on the launch ramp.
TIMING IS OF THE ESSENCE
The faster you are loaded and off the launch ramp, the happier you fellow fishos will be. Fishos are a friendly bunch and very welcoming community, by all means, take some time to chat and catch up, but do it once you are out of the way of the boat ramp.
LEND A HAND
We are all in the same boat (excuse the pun), so lend a hand if someone is struggling. They might be a newbie, looking to get involved in the sport. What better way to welcome them by showing them how friendly the fisho community can be.
If everyone stuck adopted these simple boat ramp rules, the world of boat launching would be a better place. There is no need for agro and hassle at the boat ramp, so be conscientious, use your common sense and enjoy your time on the water.
Do you have any more boat ramp rules you can add? Share your thoughts below.