Originally Posted by joelduder
I see both sides of this. I agree that nobody wants to kill time waiting on someone at the takeout. I have only been rafting a few years and at some point someone approached me and asked if they could help out to get the ramp free for others. It only took one time to realize I don't wanna be that guy and pride myself on my quick turn times now. Earlier this season I was taking out in a tight, swift water ramp. We promptly got our two boats out of the water and out of the way of the ramp.
I find it's easier to help the gaper to move their boat out of someone else's way instead of out of my own way. That way you appear (and are) selfless instead of looking like the jerk trying to get your boat in or out.
"Hey, can I give you a hand with your raft to get it out of the way of those guys backing down?"
The vast majority are just clueless, but willing to learn.
The commercial outfits that do it? They should know better and are beyond help. Six boats across the bottom of a busy 2-wide ramp and they derig while other people are waiting with their own trailers. Then park their bus in the middle of the ramp. ROW, you suck.