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Old 05-24-2011   #1
 
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Ramp etiquette

With rafting season upon us, and after already encountering some very clueless boaters on the upper c, I just wanted to refresh everyone on using the ramp. Thanks and happy boating

When using a boat launching site, you should be organized before you approach the actual launching area. If rafting, have the raft inflated, the rowing frame ready and most of the gear in the raft before you move to the river's edge. Canoeists and kayakers should put their lighter items into the boats before approaching the launch area. Fishing rods should be rigged and unrigged well away from the access ramp. Once in the water, clear the area as soon as possible.

Leave plenty of room for others using the put-ins and take-outs by consolidating your gear and moving the vehicles off the launch sites as quickly as possible.

(This is from the BLM website, not my own personal rules)

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Old 05-24-2011   #2
 
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Good point mischief. Seen both privates and commercial trips guilty of etiquette ignorance and other common sense issues.
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Old 05-24-2011   #3
 
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If only the commercial trips would follow these rules.


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With rafting season upon us, and after already encountering some very clueless boaters on the upper c, I just wanted to refresh everyone on using the ramp. Thanks and happy boating

When using a boat launching site, you should be organized before you approach the actual launching area. If rafting, have the raft inflated, the rowing frame ready and most of the gear in the raft before you move to the river's edge. Canoeists and kayakers should put their lighter items into the boats before approaching the launch area. Fishing rods should be rigged and unrigged well away from the access ramp. Once in the water, clear the area as soon as possible.

Leave plenty of room for others using the put-ins and take-outs by consolidating your gear and moving the vehicles off the launch sites as quickly as possible.

(This is from the BLM website, not my own personal rules)
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Old 05-24-2011   #4
 
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Wow. It only took three posts for one side to take a shot at the other. There is no shortage of clueless boaters - commercial or private. There are also some very efficient, couteous and even helpful boaters as well - both commercial and private.

Does EVERY thread have to turn into and us vs them thread?
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Does EVERY thread have to turn into and us vs them thread?
Yes Syrup IS better than Jelly
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Old 05-24-2011   #6
 
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Are you saying i should stop setting up my groover on the ramp?
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Old 05-24-2011   #7
 
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Also, try not to spread out the picnic on the take-out ramp.
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Old 05-24-2011   #8
 
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So what's the etiquette when someone isn't following boat ramp etiquette? There was a group blowing their boat up by hand right on the boat ramp last weekend, so I pulled my trailer down right by them and they thought I was the asshole. So instead of me unloading my raft directly into the river and pulling out of the way (usually takes about 30 seconds) I found four guys to help me carry it around the dumb asses on the ramp. I didn't say much to them, b/c I don't really like arguing w/ someone who obviously doesn't have a clue. Durango's 32nd ST. put in is always a cluster [email protected]#.
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Old 05-24-2011   #9
 
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correct me if I am wrong but I go to the river to slow my life down, not to get all anxious and uppity.
If you are in a hurry to get on the river and some greenhorn gets you all spun out before your oars are wet then maybe you should stay home
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Old 05-25-2011   #10
 
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If there is a dumb ass blowing up their boat on a ramp I will ask nicely then still drive the trailer down. That's why they build ramps. I actually go raftin to get outside and to get a little action. If you want peace... Go to the beach.
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