Strange event at the ramp... what do you do?

So I was at the ramp and there was a gentleman that had just dropped his cobia into the water. As he circled back to approach the floating ramp, he lost power. He signaled for help, and we motored over to him to assist. We pulled him a few yards back over to the dock, and tied him off. He couldnt figure out why the motor wouldnt crank.... it was turning over but not firing up. He said he never had a seconds trouble since the boat was new 4 years ago, and kept trying to crank. I suggested trying the ball, but it was firm. I told him we'd pull him over to the trailer, to help him get it back on, and he was thankfull. Then, I noticed the killswitch lanyard was wrapped several times around the wheel and pulled out, and we laughed as he plugged it back in and cranked the motor right up.
Thats when things got wierd.:huh
The man took off, and rode west down the river out of sight. The funny part was, his truck and trailor was still backed down with the truck running.:shrug

We talked about it while packing up and going about our business. But before we left, we realised the joke wasnt really funny anymore. The dude was gone, and his truck was still running and the tide would soon be changing. There was another guy with his sons there that had witnessed the ordeal, and by now 15 minutes has passed and still no sign of dude. The other guy made the call to go ahead and pull the truck up, which was obviously the right thing to do. The other guy was gonna wait a bit longer and we left, all scratching our heads.

Did this guy completely forget about his truck? I wonder at what point he will decide he forgot to pull his truck up, or when he gets back will he think to himself, "Huh, I dont remember parking here?"
:grin

I never got the inclination he was drunk or anything like that..... I hope this guy was okay! Im wondering what the correct protocall (lol) for this situation is, 'cause in all my crazy boat ramp days I never seen anything like that!

Theres a lot of folks complaining about boat ramp activity lately.... maybe we can lighten the mood by suggesting what to do here, and add something crazy you saw at the ramp, so we all know what to do when wierd boat ramp stuff happens.
:facepalm
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  • ElementElement Posts: 1,749 Officer
    Man it took me awhile to absorb that story. When you said "dropped his cobia in the water" I assumed you meant a cobia. I couldnt figure out how anyone would drop a cobe in the water to begin with and why the guy would head west at the end of a days fishing. So he dropped his Cobia in the water and lost power after he launched and then left his truck on the ramp after getting it started? He's either drunk, high or an idiot. You did the right thing helping someone in need.... in need of a clue. I've seen a million jackasses at the boat ramp but that story might take the cake.
  • Sea SnakeSea Snake Posts: 5,055 Admiral
    That's the new M.O. for boat thieves...if they can, they steal boat and truck then drive to the ramp and leave the truck and take the boat somewhere else to be stripped....


    ....ooops !! :smoking
  • Slug-OSlug-O Posts: 3,015 Captain
    I almost drove off the road with tony telling me the story over the phone..
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  • ChuckDChuckD Posts: 1,474 Officer
    That's just a dude who smoked something silly on the way to the ramp.
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  • nitroskiffnitroskiff Posts: 1,618 Captain
    ChuckD wrote: »
    That's just a dude who smoked something silly on the way to the ramp.

    Not really...:)

    I was a victim to this "kill switch" problem in a FLA tourny.. Boat would not crank and I was so mad...then Wade and Terry suggested the kill switch....well, it fired right up with 1 minute before launch time. We finished 2nd place that day...


    We all do dumb things, have brain farts etc...

    I also remember a FLA tourny where this guy who knows all about boat electronics, could not get his brand new trolling motor to work...I suggested a blown fuse....wouldnt you know it.....that was the problem:) LMAO
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  • ElementElement Posts: 1,749 Officer
    nitroskiff wrote: »
    Not really...:)

    I was a victim to this "kill switch" problem in a FLA tourny.. Boat would not crank and I was so mad...then Wade and Terry suggested the kill switch....well, it fired right up with 1 minute before launch time. We finished 2nd place that day...We all do dumb things, have brain farts etc...

    ....and you left your truck running on the boat ramp?
  • smokebreaksmokebreak Posts: 62 Deckhand
    I have dropped a cobia in the water before, passing all 59lbs of it to the dock, by the tail, and just as it cleared the gunnel, splash! Everyone was watching and I have yet to hear the end of it, fortunately koolau was able to fish it out with the gaff after a few minutes poking around the pilings.

    One morning before checkout at the Greater Jax tourney, we watched a guy trying to tie off to the east side of the east floating dock at mayport boat ramp when he was washed up on the sand by a passing boat wake. Now thoroughly stuck he proceeded to place it in reverse and pin it hoping to back out, not happening, he continued for so long the overheat warning was going off, and I'm sure his impeller looked like it had been sanded smooth, he still continued until it happen, Clunk! Seized! He kept trying to start it, I felt so bad for the guy, everyone was telling him to stop.

    Not 1/4 of a mile away, on the same morning, we were squeezed in line awaiting the beginning of checkout when the boat in front of us quickly attempted to swerve which forced us to slow and turn the other way. As we came around the port side of a 38' Fountain as it was taking a green channel marker down the side of the hull. Looked pretty bad, not sure what happen to it.
  • nitroskiffnitroskiff Posts: 1,618 Captain
    How about admitting the dumb things you yourself have done at a boat ramp,,,,,

    I have forgotten the plug twice.....

    And one time at Beach Blvd Marine I forgot the transom tie downs. I could not figure out why the boat would not back off the trailer..I had it in reverse full speed about to blow the motor up....then it hit me. Luckily it was summer time so I just went over board and took the transom tie downs off. All was good after that....except my ego!!!!!
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  • JaxBirddoggJaxBirddogg Posts: 152 Officer
    Strange indeed. I had a weird moment last week as well. As you know Mayport is kind of silted in. There's room for four trailers with a tight fit but you have to think of others to do it correctly. Well, I was heading in with two kids beating a storm. I blew by these guys at the fuel depot and came off plane coming in to the ramp. These guys passed within 15 feet of me still on plane and had to beat me to the dock to unload. Two older men (read: should know better) unload one who backs down the ramp essentially blocking the ramp due to another boat there. Well, by now it's raining and the kids are not happy. The finally load the boat on the trailer and pull up just far enough so the back tires of the trailer are out of the water. Really? Really? I can't believe it. They stopped to put gator clips for their trailer lights and are still blocking the whole dang ramp. I ask them to please move so I can get the boat loaded and the kids out of the weather. They act like I'm inconveniencing them but begrudgingly move forward.

    Moral of the story. Some people are beyond help and you can't teach manners to a moron.
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  • nitroskiffnitroskiff Posts: 1,618 Captain

    Moral of the story. Some people are beyond help and you can't teach manners to a moron.

    Quote of the week!!!!!! Well said!

    Dave, this MUST be a sticky Quote!!!! :)
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  • nitroskiffnitroskiff Posts: 1,618 Captain
    Element wrote: »
    ....and you left your truck running on the boat ramp?

    No, my partner had allready parked the truck...but I was just fixing to tell him to go get it and lets load this boat onto the trailer...I was about to give up
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  • FloridaODFloridaOD Posts: 2,985 Captain
    Maybe he was just so excited to be going out on the boat that after the no start episode ending up Good he just lost his head.
    I was confused on the part about putting a cobia in the water.

    first boat I ever sold was a Cobia CU 156
    Hunters are present yet relatively uncommon in Florida :wink
  • WildLinesWildLines Posts: 547 Officer
    I'd call the police, bet the truck is reported stolen.
  • on_the_rockson_the_rocks Posts: 7,897 Admiral
    No way this is a true story! lol
  • JizzoJizzo Posts: 1,356 Officer
    nitroskiff wrote: »
    How about admitting the dumb things you yourself have done at a boat ramp,,,,,

    I drove from OP To oak harbor without latching the ball down on the trailer. Made it to the boat ramp, fished all day. When we pulled the boat out of the water the trailer came up and my buddy hit the brakes. The trailer hit my tailgate and to this day that's the only dent in my truck. I had safety chains on but that could have been a lot worse. I have never failed to check the ball latch since.

    I'm sure everyone has done something stupid at some time or another.

    Funny story though.... I don't have a Cobia so that couldn't have been me. :-)
    -Jon
  • JaxAnglerJaxAngler Posts: 463 Deckhand
    lol, funny story


    I went to the clapboard creek last year and dropped my old boat into water and suddenly lost power while trying to get my friend from the float dock. Noone was around and the motor wouldn't fire up anymore... the current was pretty strong and i was drifting. I hit the bridge pretty hard then went for the rocks by the docks.. I panicked and didn't think about using my anchor. Didn't fish for 3 months after that incident.

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  • BoxcarBoxcar Posts: 11 Greenhorn
    Saw the same deal at the Lions Club Ramp a few years ago. This was an older gentleman that just launched , took off and left the truck running with the trailer in the water
  • BoattronicsBoattronics Posts: 5,085 Admiral
    Oh, I promise you this story is very true! Topwater Ted, Jiggin Jason and another gentleman and his sons as my witnesses..... this dude drove his boat off into the sunset with his truck still running in the ramp! Ive never seen anything like it, we were dumbfounded! After his little kill switch incedent it makes me think harder..... was this guy all there? Maybe that was embarrasing and he was just ready to get the heck out of there?

    Ive been trying to think of a boat ramp blooper Ive pulled. Im sure there are many, but cant think of them. Im really a well oiled machine at the boat ramp! Now there was one time, after finishing my skiff build, I wasnt savvy with my boat and trailer yet and I came in too hot.... WHAM! I nailed the boat into a roller on the trailer. Knocking a fist sized hole in the bottom of your boat is an awfull feeling...... but when you have spent countless hours sanding and painting that hull to near perfection yourself, and then you punch a hole into that new finish doing something stupid, it takes on a whole new level of anguish!
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  • dlagatordlagator Posts: 784 Officer
    I got soo excited once that I forgot to disconnect the trailer wench hook from the boat...after about 5-6 minutes of trying to back off the trailer, my buddy noticed what was wrong...Felt/looked like a real DA that morning. Luckily it wasn't crowded :-)
  • gitthenetgitthenet Posts: 254 Deckhand
    I left the plug out one time, in Cedar Key. Had to drive in circles to get the water out then plug it; never again.

    I saw a truck and trailer parked properly at the Sister's Creek ramp - engine running and doors locked, no one around. This was in the morning. I always wondered if there was enough gas to idle for many hours.

    One time I got to that ramp with the trailer NOT latched to the ball and the chains NOT hooked up. I had gone over the Dames Pt. bridge too. I was in a **** hurry to get going and didn't think. I will NEVER leave without checking the connections again. I do a walk around the whole boat and trailer now kind of like a pre-flight on an aircraft.
  • CptMikeCptMike Posts: 286 Officer
    As evidenced by this thread all you have to have to be a “boater”…… is the money to buy one…….. often the formula for disaster.
    The "redneck way".........just so long as something winds up dead.
  • ChumSlickChumSlick Posts: 252 Officer
    We dont have too much trouble like that here on Amelia Island. The "man" is on the scene pretty much 24/7 just waiting for someone to **** up. The only incedent I can remember is last year the wife and I pulled up at Dee Bartles ramp only to find a boat on the slope bottom side up completely off the trailor! To this day I really have no idea how that can even happen. Nothing in the water just a flipped boat on the ramp. The two old guys were just standing there looking at it until one of them came up with the brite idea of just hooking the bow eye to the truck and dragging it up the ramp and out of the way leaving a trail of fiberglass behind them....
  • nitroskiffnitroskiff Posts: 1,618 Captain
    I usually do a walk around and also have a routine to launching and loading my boat.....but, sometimes im not completly awake or just stupid:)
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  • spodabfishinspodabfishin Posts: 428 Officer
    gitthenet wrote: »
    One time I got to that ramp with the trailer NOT latched to the ball and the chains NOT hooked up. I had gone over the Dames Pt. bridge too. I was in a **** hurry to get going and didn't think. I will NEVER leave without checking the connections again. I do a walk around the whole boat and trailer now kind of like a pre-flight on an aircraft.

    Yikes. thats got some pucker factor knowing you went over the bumpty bump bridge.
    knock on wood. Just yesterday I lost a guide-on from rust going over the wonderwood bridge. Luckly no one was behind me
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  • southboundchickensouthboundchicken Posts: 709 Officer
    and i thought i was absent minded then read a story like this.... all i can say is the dude is real lucky tony's a decent honest guy cause theres a lot of people out there that would definitely take advantage of a situation like that... hats off to tony for doing the right thing
  • FrisbeeFrisbee Posts: 2,315 Officer
    Let's make the list short...
    Who Has Owned a Boat, with a plug, and never forgotten to put it in...
    1. ?
  • FrisbeeFrisbee Posts: 2,315 Officer
    What I think happened with this guy is he got knocked off of his routine...it happens to me on occasion...
  • No-reservationsNo-reservations Posts: 13 Greenhorn
    I've been running boats professionally for 8 years and recreationally for 10. Here's my list:
    1.) forgotten plug (3-5 times)
    2.) forgot to lower antenna after pulling out (snap!!)
    3.) victim of killswitch "engine won't start!"
    4.) started engines while they were still trimmed all the way up

    Nobody's impervious to moments of idiocy. Ha ha
  • 15whaler15whaler Posts: 183 Officer
    We were launching our boat near St. Pete a few years ago and watched this guy launch his heavy boat down a ramp that was evidently a little too steep. Looked like a fully loaded Nissan Armada...

    First time posting a picture, so hope it shows up
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    17 Sea Boss CC
    90 Mercury FourStroke EFI
  • BadfishBadfish Posts: 1,069 Officer
    Great thread! When I bought my new-to-me Carolina Skiff 17DLX last Fall I really effed up and forgot to put the pin in the trailer hitch. I shook the guy's hand who sold it to me and proceeded to pull out of his lawn; my finace was riding shotgun. Excited about the new boat I didn't even think about the pin missing and I hear a terrible metal on pavement noise as the tounge slide across the road and look in the rearview to see the boat getting closer! The safety chains stopped it just short of the bumper on my Cherokee. Thank God I was only going 5 mph and hadn't made it out to 3rd St. yet or it would have been a major fiasco. Won't make that mistake twice...I was so embarrassed. They guy who sold it to me (who saw the whole thing unfold) surely had a good laugh about it later that evening.
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