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Module 03 - Before Heading Out

How to Launch Your Boat

Step 1:
Check the launch area for any obstructions, and ensure that the launch ramp area is deep enough for your boat.
Step 2:
Remove all tie-down straps from the boat and trailer and unplug the trailer lights from your vehicle. 
Step 3:
Ensure that the bilge drain plug is in place.
Step 4:
Load all gear and safety equipment on board the boat.
Step 5:
Ensure the winch is connected to the bow of the boat and that you've attached the boat's bow and stern lines
Step 6:
Slowly back the trailer up on the launch ramp until the motor is under water.
Step 7:
Start the boat's motor and allow it to warm up.
Step 8:
Shut down the motor, and continue backing the trailer into the water until the boat begins to float
Step 9:
Use the boat's bow and stern lines to guide the boat off the trailer and then remove the vehicle from the ramp. 

How to load your boat on to the trailer:

Step 1:
Secure the boat at the dock.
Step 2:
Back the trailer into the water until it is two-thirds submerged.
Step 3:
Turn off your vehicle and engage the emergency brake.
Step 4:
Position the boat on the trailer using the bow and stern lines–do not drive your boat onto the trailer.
Step 5:
Attach the winch line to the bow-eye of your boat and pull the boat up onto the trailer using the winch.
Step 6:
Ensure the boat is properly seated and balanced on the "bunks" or rollers
Step 7:
Once the boat is in position, lock the winch and attach the winch safety chain (if so equipped).
Step 8:
Remove your trailer and vehicle from the ramp.
Step 9:
Once parked, attached the trailer lights, and ensure that they are working properly
Step 10:
Remove the boats bilge drain plug.
Step 11:
Secure the boat using tie-down straps secured to the transom, before departing. 
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