Launching your boat on Lake Texoma

Launching your boat

  • Do initial launch preparations away from the ramp so as not to impede launching for others.
  • Raise the outdrive or motor, remove the support bracket.
  • Disconnect the trailer wiring.
  • Remove tie down straps.
  • Check to make sure the drain plug is in.
  • Connect the fuel tank, check fluid levels.
  • Oh yeah…. Check the drain plug. Better to be safe than have a boat full of water.
  • Drive to the ramp and back the boat and trailer down the ramp.
  • Set the emergency brake.
  • Someone should get aboard the boat, boats with I/O's should turn on the blower, lower the motor, look for water entering the boat, check for gasoline odors(inboards), start the motor.
  • Make sure you have attached a bow line to the boat, then release the winch and disconnect the winch line.
  • Launch your boat with a slight shove or by backing the boat off the trailer under power.
  • Move your vehicle to the parking lot as soon as the boat is launched so the next person in line can launch their boat.
  • Move your boat away from the ramp to load your passengers.

Retrieving your boat

The steps for retrieving your boat are essentially the reverse of launching and you should keep in mind to be courteous of other folks launching and retrieving their boat.

  • Unload your boat away from the ramp if possible.
  • Back your trailer into the water.
  • Maneuver the boat carefully onto the trailer, attach a bow line and shut off the engine.
  • Raise the engine.
  • Winch your boat onto the trailer and secure it.
  • Drive the trailer and boat out of the ramp.
  • Do your cleanup, secure equipment and do a safety check.
  • Remove the drain plug and drain water from bilge.


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