Rolling Boat Off Flat Ramp

When a flat ramp fails to roll your boat off the trailer, try this trick

boat trailer launch on flat ramp
How to launch a boat off a trailer on a flat ramp. Illustration by Steve Sanford
  1. Clip a long dock line to the bow eye of the boat.
  2. Thread the dock line through a 2-by-3⁄8-inch pulley.
  3. Fix a short dock line to the pulley and girth-hitch to the trailer axle.
  4. Tie a bowline knot on the end of the dock line, 2 feet above the pulley.
  5. Pull off the winch line to reach the loop and clip it through.
  6. Crank the winch to pull the boat backward, off the trailer.

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