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Boat 'ramp' or launch question ! I need advice!

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Hey guys, I recently bought a house on a reservoir, small cut out the local people put in a small 30 yard area, gravel. There a small car width entrance into the water they likely had a backhoe dig out, super convenient for a kayak or small boat to dump in, it's completely man made, its not fancy or anything, just something they prob thought to do so folks can do just that.. heres my quesiton

 

forgive me, ill post a picture of it later today when i get home..

 

but i have a pretty nice jon boat, decked out, i usually go to the marina up the street but thats in a more popular section of the reservoir, where i live its a lot more quiet, less traffic.. so naturally id like to be able to dump my boat into this little cut out

 

question: if i put tried to dump the boat there, back the trailer up, etc.. would the weight of the boat/trailer make it stick in the mud? it doesnt look "too muddy", a little gravel in the water, anyone have experience launching boats without a proper launch? am i crazy? its my second year with the boat, so ... forgive my lack of knowledge, looking for advice from those who have done similar ****.

 

thanks,

GB

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Well we can't so for sure one way or the other, but I'll leave you with this tidbit of information:

 

I've launched many a time in areas like this. Most of the time, no issue - but I've gotten my truck stuck too. I know this doesn't help you at all, but knowing the material, and the capabilities of your rig, should give you an idea.

 

For me, it's less the weight of the boat/trailer, because as soon as I unload the boat, the trailer is darn near weightless behind the truck. It's always more of an issue of 'will my truck get stuck in this knowing how far I need to back it to properly launch my boat?'

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thanks for that - i feel like they did that so other people could dump there boat, id obviosly have to hold on to the rope, then like tug it to shore, tie it to a tree or something, park the car, in the little area they have, then hop in boat, then use some kind of metal bar i have to push off the shore? its a unique area, not alot of space, BUUUUUT if i get it down, and it works? i have a feeling ill have a AWESOME fishing season right there, cause not many are coming down that channel of water i live on and its super shallow, like 2-5 feet deep

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The one area like that where I launch the most out of has a T post stuck in on shore for this exact reason. Push your boat off, pull it back and tie to T Post, pull your rig out and park it, and then hop in the boat.

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I fish by myself all the time and will try dumping my Crestliner aluminum boat almost anywhere.

I got stuck once and had to get my father in law to pull me out.

Since then I keep a come-a-long and a few long straps with me and I have had to anchor them to a tree to get out.

 

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yeah that's awesome .. I have a feeling if I do some of the work around that area myself, it'll be great.. I see some boats on my neighbors' property, thought about leaving a note at their door or something, get to know the people a little bit, maybe they do it too/already?

1 minute ago, BassNJake said:

I fish by myself all the time and will try dumping my Crestliner aluminum boat almost anywhere.

I got stuck once and had to get my father in law to pull me out.

Since then I keep a come-a-long and a few long straps with me and I have had to anchor them to a tree to get out.

 

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smart man .. good call, that actually might be something i need to keep handy in that area ...

 

I 'd hate to have to not use that area because it's delicious for bass, it's quiet, etc .. i think i should at least try it once haha if i get stuck, then oh well, it cant be that difficult to get out, considering all circumstances of the location

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1 minute ago, GorillaBass said:

yeah that's awesome .. I have a feeling if I do some of the work around that area myself, it'll be great.. I see some boats on my neighbors' property, thought about leaving a note at their door or something, get to know the people a little bit, maybe they do it too/already?

Everyone has their own unique way of launching their boats. If there wasn't already a nice tree right there, then I would inquire about sticking a post in. I know for me, I fish alone a lot so I need a way to hold my bug while I park my truck.

 

As for getting stuck, there's only one way to find out! :D

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My buddy launches his lund almost anywhere.

He put a power we chat on the front of his truck and the control cable is long enough to make it into the cab.  He has NEVER had an issue

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Most light weight trailers have tilt release that allows you to launch without backing too far down the ramp keeping the tow vehicle on dry land.

Tom

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1 minute ago, WRB said:

Most light weight trailers have tilt release that allows you to launch without backing too far down the ramp keeping the tow vehicle on dry land.

Tom

I don't think mine has the tilt feature, I wish - or there was a way to do that :-/

 

it's a jon, so I think I may be able to push it a little? or do some kind of stop and go/stomp the brake and kind of get it to slide some?

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Sounds like the end of Forest Hill Rd.  (Or is there another?)  I've never seen anyone launch anything bigger than a canoe from there, but seems like a jonboat would be doable. 

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1 hour ago, GorillaBass said:

I don't think mine has the tilt feature, I wish - or there was a way to do that :-/

 

it's a jon, so I think I may be able to push it a little? or do some kind of stop and go/stomp the brake and kind of get it to slide some?

You take a pair of 2 X 8 planks to slide under the tire where it wet to back the vehicle down onto. Check under the trailer for a release pin about where the axle. You could pull the boat off onto tires using a rope tied to a tree to inspect the trailer. I wouldn't try jerking the boat off the trailer you will dig in your tires and get stuck.

Tom

 

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great advice from everyone, thank you... its not on forest hill road

 

i got to think of something .. im too stubborn to not try it lol

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Personally I would look for a good used Kayak. i would outfit it to fish the way I like to fish and have that to fish out of in your private area.  There are tons of guys on here that fish from a yak and really prefer it.  keep the jon for use where it is better to have that style boat.  Things like electronics can be shared so no need for a new one.  Rig it as easy to fish out of as possible and go enjoy the serenity of the more quiet are.

There has been many times in my 40 years of fishing when I have owned either a jon boat and a canoe or a bass boat and a small electric only boat.

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easy solution..can you fit a power pole on a jon boat? lol  j/k...well sorta

my brother has launched his jon boat before using his 4 wheeler..now obviously this place is close to his house kinda like your saying...

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5 hours ago, ThatredneckguyJamie said:

easy solution..can you fit a power pole on a jon boat? lol  j/k...well sorta

 

 

Used quite often down here 😉

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when I launch with just me and the kids the power pole is my "back up plan" the oldest is 14 and she does pretty well...but is still learning

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