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SUBJECT: # 4384: Boat ramp stories

Submitted by Tom (66.31.233.38) from MASSACHUSETTS on 8/4/2011 11:01:00 AM

When I was a young man back in the 70's I had an uncle that had just bought his first boat. I am sure every family has that uncle that was the black sheep of the family. Can't do anything right. Well Al was that uncle. Me being a 12-13 years old did not know anything about trailering a boat. So I did not think there was anything wrong with pulling this heavy homemade wooden boat with a Ford Pinto. You know those cars that when they get hit from behind caught on fire. I know your going to say that is not possible. I am not even sure were the tralier hitch was attached to the - frame ?-. Well one day we went out fishing at Weymouth Back River. When we left it was high tide and we had no trouble launching the boat. Hours later when we came back it was almost dead low. Now the ramp was a steep, wet and slippery mess. Al backs the trailer down the ramp and tries to get the boat lined up on the trailer. You had to get the boat right on the center or the weight would cause the feender to rub on the tire. Every time he tried the current would push the back of the boat out of postion. He tried a number of thing. Back the boat out and hitting the traler at a higher speed to drive it further up onto the trailer. With the steepness of the ramp this did not work. Them it was back the trailer even further into the water and try again. Finally he came up with the idea to tie a rope to the back corner of the boat and go upstream and pull the back into postion. So that was what I did. We were able to get the boat onto the trailer but as he was pulling it up to the front post the back end of the boat was taking water over the transom near the motor. No worry the boat cant sink it was now on the trailer. So we are all ready now. He starts that little Ford motor up to pull the boat up the ramp. Put in gear and hit the gas. All that happened was that one little back wheel just spun. Back even farther down, you know like rocking your car to get out of the snow. He could not get it to move an inch. So he figured it was that the ramp was slippery not that the boat weighed more than the Pinto could haul. So his next idea was to disconect the trailer from the car move it up to dry ground, tie the anchor line to the car and the trailer and pull it up the ramp. He did not tell me what he was planning but when I saw that he was disconectecting the trailer I figured it out. I was able to get a big rock under the trailer wheels just in time to keep it from rolling down the ramp and out to sea. So he moves the car up and tries again. Still that little tire would just spin. So the ramp is at a marina and he goes over there to ask for help. A guy comes out hops into his Ford 350 pick up. Ties a rope to the front frame of the Pinto and pulls both the Pinto and the boat up onto high ground as easy as you please. As he is pulling all the water weight in the boat is dragging the motor along the ground so I hop onto the tounge to offset the weight. This brings the tounge down till it is now dragging along the ground. We are now up on dry land. Al opens the drain and we have to weight 20 to 30 minutes for enough water to drain out that we can lift the tounge and get it hooked back to the car and off we go.

Today when I look back I can not believe that he was able to pull that boat with his Pinto. We went out a number of times at differant ramps and were able to load without a problem.

  1. 8/8/2011 5:34:00 PM Submitted by jimcurry2002 (74.193.11.39) from TEXAS says Yoor just lucky.......
    ....that lil' ole Pinto was never rear-ended.

    JC


  2. 8/25/2011 9:53:00 PM Submitted by 521vxnascar from NORTH CAROLINA says Pinto
    I had one also back in '72. Was on the way to work one morning and was trying to stick a "Grand Funk Railroad" 8 track tape into the tape player mounted under the dash on the passenger side and dropped it. I reched over to get it and when i looked up i was about 1 second from impact with the end of the concrete rail/wall that lined each side of this narrow 2 lane bridge. Out of instint i just layed down across the stick shift and closed my eyes. Luckily i survived but that green pinto died that day. Glad i was only going 50 mph. Took quite a while before they were able to get me out. No injuries what so ever.


  3. 9/3/2012 2:49:00 PM Submitted by CampHost11 from OTHER says Friend of mine was driving his Pinto down a local canyon road
    when a big ole buck jumped and put his head in the passenger window.

    Buck bellowed at the guy a few times as he stopped the car, just missed goring my pal with his antlers, then freed himself and sauntered off into the woods. Pinto was totaled, and so were his jockey shorts.


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