Concentration prevents accidents

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Jarrod Day
So, what do you do when you get to a boat ramp to launch your boat? Do you rush, reversing down the ramp like a maniac? Are you cautious? Do you immediately jump out of the driver’s seat and begin remove the tie downs from the back of the boat? Or do you put your car in park, and then get out removing the tie downs?

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I am at a complete loss at to how accidents like this actually occur but somehow there a select few that go to launch their boats and totally forget the basics or just plain and simply get lost in all the excitement.

The unfortunate thing about losing concentration when launching the boat is that it can be a very costly exercise.
I know people forget to put the bungs in their boat only to have water gushing in the through the floor or scuppers but submerging the car and trailer, well that’s an entire new ball game.

For some reason, this is becoming a regular occurrence at a nearby ramp and while it is usually during snapper season that someone does this, recently the local ramp got to experience two people do this in a day.

I can understand that some people get very excited about going fishing and when launching you can become nervous amongst other feelings, especially if it is your first time. I can honestly say that I have never been so excited that I have forgotten the handbrake on when launching or dropped the trailer off the end of the ramp. I have forgotten about the bungs in a boat once before but luckily for me, the situation wasn’t that dire, missing the end of the boat ramp or forgetting the handbrake, well just how does that happen!

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Accidents like this really shouldn’t happen and while you may be excited to get the boat in, even at the ramp you still need to pay complete attention to what you’re doing. A simple lack of concentration and you can seriously ruin your whole day along with it being a very expensive one.

As for reversing off the end of the ramp, most maintained boat ramps these days have either a jetty or floating pontoon next to the ramp itself. The ramp may extend into the water, but written on the side of the pontoon or jetty will be the words 'END RAMP'. This means that the concrete ramp stops and there will be mud or sand from then on. It is past this point that there is no return so make sure you look for these signs or just remember to reverse until the water level is just under the rear trailer guards.

Pulling your handbrake on should be second nature unless you just got your license but even then, not doing so will cause the car to roll, we all know that, don’t we?

At the end of the day, if you’re forgetting your handbrake, best you think about a checklist and place it on the windscreen or sticky tape it to your steering wheel or somewhere visible so you see it before getting out of the car.

Forgetting to put the bungs in is a very common problem but not as bad as submerging the entire car. The easiest way to remind yourself to put the bungs in is to make it a habit to make this the number one job you do before reversing down the ramp, or put them in before leaving home.

At least, if you have the bungs in and reverse off the end of the ramp, you’ll still have the boat floating eh?

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Jarrod Day

Concentration is a vital part of everyday life and when it comes to boating can be the difference between having an accident and not. Do your self a favour, take a deep breath and focus on the task your undertaking.

Just one more thing for Victorian fisho’s. For those of you that are up with technology and own a smart phone, IPAD or Tablet, you can now download the Recreational Fishing Application. By doing this, when ever you are near or on the water, you can ensure you are within your bag and size limits with this on hand. To find out more follow this link

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Until next week,

Jarrod Day, FishingBoating-World Editor
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