July 9, 2022
Good Manners Are a Must at the Boat Launch Ramp
Imagine running a circus without a ringmaster. That’s how it is at the boat launch ramp on a busy summer weekend where hundreds of boaters launch and retrieve their vessels. If water users fail to show good manners, the launch ramp will inevitably turn into a hotbed of frazzled boaters and flaring tempers. Needless to say, every boat owner needs to practice proper etiquette in boating because it stands between good order and havoc at the launch ramp.
What You Should Know About Boat Launch Ramp Etiquette
While etiquette, custom, and courtesy play a significant role in life, it’s even more essential and appreciated at the boat launch ramp. Breaches of etiquette can quickly cause a ripple effect that involves rapidly growing launch lines and boaters making more mistakes under pressure.
To help you show up prepared to handle the task at hand, Veteran Car Donations has compiled this list of standard practices you should adhere to when you’re getting your boat and crew on and off the waters.
- Use the staging area.
Making all of your pre-launch preparations at the staging area before approaching the ramp helps minimize congestion at the ramp lanes. Staging areas are built solely for this purpose, and you can usually find them at larger facilities.
Final preparations at the staging area include checking if all safety gear and equipment are loaded on your boat, removing tie-downs from the boat, and running the battery and motor to check if they’re working. Additionally, you should also fix drain plugs firmly into place and check if the drive unit is appropriately angled for the approach.
- Make sure your navigation lights are working.
It’s best to mount your navigation lights before you approach the ramp lanes. If you’re looking to launch while it’s still dark outside, you’ll want to ensure your visibility to other boaters by making sure that your navigational lights are working.
- Respect the flow of other boaters.
Since popular boat launch ramps usually fill up quickly during the peak season, you’ll want to approach the ramp lanes with caution. While you’re at it, be sure to respect the traffic lines because other boaters are making their way to the ramp as well.
- Avoid socializing while you’re at the ramp.
A packed launch ramp isn’t the right place to catch up with other boater friends. Those who are queuing will hate you for standing around and socializing while they’re waiting for their turn to approach the ramp. Unless you want to get on everybody’s nerves, it’s best to focus on getting on or off the water before you chitchat with friends.
- Turn off your headlights while you’re backing into position at the ramp.
You’ll have to back into position at the ramp and use your mirrors as your vessel approaches the water. Moreover, your headlights will be pointing straight at the other boaters who are approaching the other ramp lanes beside you. They would appreciate it if you turn off your headlights during this process.
Reach Out to the Disadvantaged Vets in Your Community
If you have a boat or any motor vehicle that you no longer use or need, consider donating it for the benefit of the disadvantaged and impoverished veterans residing in your community. When you hand over that vehicle to us at Veteran Car Donations, we’ll convert it into a powerful tool for uplifting the lives of those former service members.
Our team will have your donated vehicle auctioned off, with the proceeds going to leading military and veteran nonprofit organizations that we are in partnership with. Like us, these IRS-certified 501(C)3 nonprofit organizations are dedicated to helping veterans who are struggling with homelessness, chronic unemployment, disabilities, and physical or mental health conditions.
Our charity partners use the funding we give to provide their beneficiaries with free medical treatments and health care, psychotherapy services, housing assistance, family support, financial aid, educational scholarships, employment opportunities, and many other benefits.
More importantly, your charitable contribution will give you a feeling of intense satisfaction, knowing that you’re helping those who risked their lives in the service of our nation.
If you have other vehicles to donate, don’t hesitate to hand them over to us. We accept nearly all vehicle types, including those that are no longer in good condition.
For more information on our vehicle donation program, including our quick and easy donation process, visit our FAQs page. Should you have any inquiries or concerns, feel free to call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 or write to us here.
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