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Old 10-27-2015, 02:43 PM   #11
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I guess this is somewhat true in the RV world as well... The difference in the RV world, IMO, is the culture is a bit more receptive. Most of the boat owners I saw out there who needed help were unlikely to be very receptive to the advice of those more experienced.
Years ago it had just started raining and only 1 dock was available at the ramp we were at. Ahead of me was an old codger that was doing everything wrong and holding us up in the rain. My kids were getting antsy.

I told the old guy what to do. He said he owned that boat for 20 years and that's the way he always did it. His wife told him to shut up and let me help. I pulled the car ahead about 10 feet, so he didn't have to stand in the water to his knees, and then I winched the boat on. It was easy to do and it was on perfectly straight and took 3 minutes. The wife commented on what a good job it was. He grumbled.

A few weeks later I saw them at the ramp again. He reverted to his old technique, backed in and out 4 times to get the boat straight, and took 30 minutes to get it on.

You CAN teach stupid - you can't fix arrogant.
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:32 PM   #12
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Years ago it had just started raining and only 1 dock was available at the ramp we were at. Ahead of me was an old codger that was doing everything wrong and holding us up in the rain. My kids were getting antsy.

I told the old guy what to do. He said he owned that boat for 20 years and that's the way he always did it. His wife told him to shut up and let me help. I pulled the car ahead about 10 feet, so he didn't have to stand in the water to his knees, and then I winched the boat on. It was easy to do and it was on perfectly straight and took 3 minutes. The wife commented on what a good job it was. He grumbled.

A few weeks later I saw them at the ramp again. He reverted to his old technique, backed in and out 4 times to get the boat straight, and took 30 minutes to get it on.

You CAN teach stupid - you can't fix arrogant.
That's the kind of thing I'm talking about. I've had to winch my boat on the trailer several times. Usually I use the motor and just drive it up on the trailer, but sometimes the motor doesn't work, or the conditions are bad, or whatever. Run the winch strap out and pull the boat up on the trailer. Simple. EVERY boat owner should know how to do that, and it would have been covered in my orientation.
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