Originally Posted by macattack101
Yes we all see idiots and selfish behaviour but sometimes a slow launch is because the guy is inexperienced. It must be wonderful being able to launch so quickly. I have driven ribs for 20+ years but I have only been towing and launching my own rib for 2 years so I still take 15 mins with a long rope or 10 mins if I can get the trailer deep enough with the car. Launching for me is the most stressful part and its ten times worse when you have experts standing there thinking that you are a Tw@t. I never get the boat onto the ramp until its ready to go so I minimise the delays. On Sat I was reversing back to launch and 2 laser pilots suddenly dived in the way with their trolleys to then start stepping their masts...unbelievable. Then when I was recovering a rib stopped across my wife when she was making the approach to the trailer so its not just the sailors.
Lets support each other and if you see someone struggling lend a hand and if they are a cheeky git then chin them!.....here endeth the sermon!
Macattack, I have every sympathy for you however for me it is not folk who are struggling ,as everyone has done at some point, I am more than happy to wait/help esp if the people having the trouble are aware they might be holding you up. The ones that get me are the ones with no awareness of anyone else on the planet,let alone the slipway, only they exist in their little world, totally selfish. I find it hard to believe that they are SO unaware of everyone else.
When we first started with RIBS the launch and retrieve were by far the most stressfull parts of the day and I would do everything I could to spend as little time as possible on the slipway, therefore irritating as few people as possible.
Now I have much experience I wait for the selfish gits to finish unstrapping, getting the electrics off, putting on fuel, putting on lifejackets, smoking a fag, feeding the dog whilst in the very middle of the slip, I then launch after them with the minimum of fuss spending as little time on the slip as poss to show them how it should be done......do they notice......naaaaa !!
So basically I reckon as long as you are aware of other slip users and willing to ask for help if you are struggling then you will be ok and in my experience others are normally delighted to help out, if they aint that makes them just as bad as the selfish idiots !!