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- Make sure you have predetermined places to stow all
your gear so you will know where to find it when you are
ready to take the boat out of the water
- Establish a pre-launch and retrieval procedure that
works for you and covers all the bases
* Remove and stow all of the tie down straps but DO
NOT disconnect the bow winch strap - leave that
attached until you are ready to float the boat off the
trailer
- Too often a boat has ended up on the launch ramp or
floating away with no immediate means of retrieval
* Lock the winch handle
- A handle that begins to spin unexpectedly can cause
serious injury and the winch is usually not needed during launch
* Attach a bow line so the boat can be handled as it is
floated off the trailer
* Check the drain plug and if you have not already
installed it, do so
- How often have boats begun to fill up with water as
soon as they are launched because the drain plug has
not been installed? Sometimes you may not even be
aware of this until you have begun your journey
* Disconnect the trailer electrical cable, this will help
avoid tail light burn outs and problems with electric
brakes
* For outboards, remove the engine support; leave the
engine or stern drive tilted up for the launch
* Did I mention the drain plug?
* Load the boat and stow the gear
- Make sure you have all the required safety equipment
and it is in working order
- Remember batteries for portable electronic equipment
and flashlights
* Attach all dock lines and fenders
- Stow any lines that you won't be using during the launch
so they don't fall overboard and get tangled
* Check the battery connection and that all the lights are
working
* Hook up portable fuel tank connections and ensure fuel
shut off valves are turned on
* For inboards or inboard/outboards, open the engine
compartment and check for any spilt fuel smell - start
the blower; for outboards, prime the fuel line
* One last check for the drain plug
* It is time to back down the launch ramp
- If you plan on powering off the trailer, the driver should
board just before you back the trailer into the water
- Ensure everyone is wearing their lifejacket or PFD

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* When using a spotter, work out a system of hand signals
in advance for stopping, backing up, moving forward,
and turning left or right
- Proceed slowly, making sure the spotter is always
within sight
- Just before you back the trailer into the water, have the
spotter unhook the winch cable and take hold of the
bow line
- Back the trailer into the water slowly and as soon as the
boat is floating free and clear and the spotter is ready,
drive the trailer back up the ramp
* If you are launching or retrieving solo, it is even more
important to have a launch and retrieval system and procedure ready in advance so you are not working things
out at the last minute and taking too much time on the
ramp
* Assuming there is a dock beside the ramp, attach a 15m
dock line to the bow cleat and run it through the rear
hatch or window of the truck so you can release the
winch strap and ensure the boat will not back off the
trailer prematurely
- Back the trailer down the ramp slowly and when you are
ready to take the boat off, stop the engine, set the gear
in park, set the parking brake, and then get out of the
vehicle while still holding the bow line
- Slide the boat off the trailer and tie it up securely before
parking the vehicle and trailer
* Again, you will want to ensure in advance that there is a
proper parking space for both the vehicle and trailer and
that you can leave them there for the required time
If you are launching a sailboat, you will probably want to prerig the boat before backing down the ramp. When raising the
mast, be sure that there are no overhead wires or obstructions
between you and the bottom of the launch ramp. Make sure the
centre board and rudder are in the raised position and locked so
they don't hit anything when you are backing down the ramp.
The Retrieval
Most of the retrieval process is the same as the launch process,
but in reverse. Secure the boat, remove the drain plug, redistribute and secure the load in the boat, secure the engine, hook up
the electrical, check the bearings and tire pressure, etc.
Here are a few steps to consider when retrieving the boat:
* As in the launch, proceed slowly and take care to
remember all the steps
* Dock the boat and disembark passengers with as much
gear as is practical
* Prepare the trailer and have all necessary tie downs and
cover ready
* Back the trailer down the ramp and into the water; shut
off the engine, put in park, set the hand brake, and get
out of the vehicle

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2017

Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
The Port Hole
Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
Power Review: Leader 33
Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Power Review: Leader 33
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
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