Chaps, get this.
I had launched at Mixtow and after a lumpy salty couple of hours returned to the pontoon.
Walking over the bridge from the pontoon we stopped to watch a hard boat recovery from overhead.
So, the trailer is in the water on the slip attached to Disco. Wifey is astride the trailer spine between the winch and the bow of the boat ( a five to six meter Walker Bay type thing) and she's facing the boat.
Hubby is now approaching the trailer whilst at the helm and powers the boat up the trailer. He stops three feet short of his unflinching wife. Wife is still standing, legs either side of the trailer facing the boat with the winch/bow bar inches from the back of her head.
He yells at her to get the strap. Engine is still running and boat is in gear under power but stationary on the trailer bunks. She yells back at him to get the boat further up the trailer. With her still between the bow and winch he adds more throttle inching the boat up. With the boat a few ( literally a few ) inches from her head she steps to one side.
During this activity she had nothing in her hands and the winch was unattached, hook hanging from trailer handles.
Ok, so now that she's moved out of harms way and whilst the boat is still under power and in gear 90% of the way up the trailer, the guy leaves the helm ( engine running and in gear at about 20-30% throttle judging by the boil at the stern).
He walks up to the bow and lays down to hang over the deck to attach the trailer strap to his boat. Wife standing by.
He returns to the helm and guns the throttles to "nail" the boat to the winch bar, at the same time shoving his pick-up a few feet up the slip.
People bury their faces in their hands and turn away. He, thankfully, turns the engine off, jumps out of the boat and walks up to his car and with, by now de rigeur, huge throttle application attempts to recover the boat and trailer up the slip..............................................
Nobody tightened the winch, so the boat slips a metre or so back off the trailer to the added mess of his wife yelling at him that the boat's "effin' well not dun up".
Comedy or disaster?
It was documentary to say the least.