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Old 05-27-2019, 08:23 PM
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Dropping your tailgate helps quite a bit seeing if you are veeering off.

Just don't jackknife.

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Old 09-19-2019, 08:51 AM
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thank you very much for the checklist, sir...

I'm new to launching and loading (I grew up on the water and we'd put our boat in once in the spring and take it out again in the fall, but it stayed in the water all summer otherwise so we never had to launch/load) and even backing up a trailer properly is really tough for me. That checklist will help a ton...
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:58 PM
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Old 09-21-2019, 06:29 AM
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thank you very much for the checklist, sir...

I'm new to launching and loading (I grew up on the water and we'd put our boat in once in the spring and take it out again in the fall, but it stayed in the water all summer otherwise so we never had to launch/load) and even backing up a trailer properly is really tough for me. That checklist will help a ton...
The ol' man was a trucker and he taught me at an early age.....After doing all the safety stuff and plug your boat etc....it is simple;

Place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel with your knuckles facing up. If your hand goes left, the back of the boat goes left.....vice versa...
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Old 09-21-2019, 07:07 AM
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The ol' man was a trucker and he taught me at an early age.....After doing all the safety stuff and plug your boat etc....it is simple;

Place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel with your knuckles facing up. If your hand goes left, the back of the boat goes left.....vice versa...
Was shown this 30 years ago, simple but effective
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:44 PM
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Awesome... Thanks a lot fellas. Hoping Pine Lake is nice n quiet tomorrow so I can practice! I'll report back with my results... Ha ha!
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:13 AM
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Its amazing how some people will just sit there and watch someone struggle and get pi$$ed off and give them dirty looks. Get off your high horse and offer some help. Last year the water level was low at the lake we were at in Sask. An older couple had launched their pontoon boat but had backed in too far and the trailer tires had gone over the edge of the concrete ramp boat was already off trailer. I pulled in and there were 4 others in line ahead of me sitting there watching this 65 year old couple with there truck in 4 wheel drive trying to get the trailer out without pulling it into 2 pieces. As soon as I pulled in I hoped out of the truck walked past 4 other yuppies sitting in their trucks cursing and swearing and shaking there heads I talked to the frustrated older gentleman and had him back the trailer up a foot or so to get away from the concrete lip. I waded into the water up to my waist and lifted the trailer by myself the buoyancy factor was in my favour the trailer basically floated once I lifted. He drove forward and away he went. Husband and Wife thanked me and offered me $20. I refused the money of course. I hope those other yuppies in their trucks realized they were a bunch of jerks after watching how easy it was.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:53 PM
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Had my first ever launch at Pine today. Went fairly well. Not sure if he's on here, but thanks to the gentleman who helped me with the load at the end of the day. I have a lot of anxiety about these kinds of things and he offered a hand right away to show us the right way to do things. Invaluable!

Random side note... I really don't like Pine Lake. Completely algae covered everywhere and random unmarked sandbars in the middle of the lake. If you didn't have a sonar with depth reading, you'd never know. I think next time I'll hit Sylvan or Gull....
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:17 AM
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Random side note... I really don't like Pine Lake. Completely algae covered everywhere and random unmarked sandbars in the middle of the lake. If you didn't have a sonar with depth reading, you'd never know. I think next time I'll hit Sylvan or Gull....
If you've got a Lowrance sonar unit you can go to www.genesismaps.com and download the Social Map layer to your unit. You'll have a very accurate map with 1' contour interval detail for many of the lakes in central and southern AB. Pine Lake in particular is almost entirely mapped in high detail. Best of all, it's FREE.

Even if you don't have a Lowrance unit, it might be worth checking out the website and having a look for any potential hazards or trouble spots before you head to a new lake. It's the best mapping available for most AB lakes.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:26 AM
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If you've got a Lowrance sonar unit you can go to www.genesismaps.com and download the Social Map layer to your unit. You'll have a very accurate map with 1' contour interval detail for many of the lakes in central and southern AB. Pine Lake in particular is almost entirely mapped in high detail. Best of all, it's FREE.

Even if you don't have a Lowrance unit, it might be worth checking out the website and having a look for any potential hazards or trouble spots before you head to a new lake. It's the best mapping available for most AB lakes.
Well, sir...I'd been in a heated debate as to what sonar unit I was going to buy and I think you've made up my mind for me. An added bonus for me, there's a company in Manitoba that's doing the best mapping anywhere right now (only MB/NW Ont lakes, unfortunately...) and it's strictly for Lowrance, so I want that for when I'm home. If I can have free detailed maps for AB, then it's decided...
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Old 09-23-2019, 05:57 PM
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Enjoyed the thread👍. Thanks everyone for being true sportsmen.

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