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SUBJECT: # 4371: Dam ramp is Slippery when wet! Wilson Lake

Submitted by tony.ford from ALABAMA on 7/8/2010 11:25:00 AM

I was putting my boat in this past Saturday at a ramp near Wilson Dam. I later called it the dam ramp, heres why:

I had never used this ramp before, but of course I was in a hurry for some reason. I was by myself except the onlookers on the dock next to the ramp. I back the boat into the water, put the truck in park, and went to get onto the boat to back it off the trailer. So far, so good... right?

I get next to the back of the truck and take my new flip flops off to keep from getting them wet. I step into the water and found out that the green moss on the ramp was slicker than owl snot!!

I was able to keep my balance for about 2 feet of slipping next to my boat, and then went straight onto my back.

Slid two more feet on my back until I was floating next to my boat!! Still could not stand up due to the moss.

I finally got to the fender on my trailer and was able to get into the boat. This all took place in around 5 seconds but felt like an eternity because I thought I was going to drown next to my boat, at the boat ramp.. hahaha.

Of course the first thing I did was look at the people on the dock and everyone was going about their business like nothing happened. I thought no one had seen this whole thing unfold.. I was safe!!!

I tied the boat up to the dock and this old guy comes up to me and whispers.. are you ok man? BUSTED!!

On the bright side, my new flip flops were dry as a bone and I felt a lot cooler than I did when I first arrived at the boat ramp. Although, it is never a good sign when your truck seat is wet when you pull away from the dam ramp.

  1. 7/9/2010 8:32:00 AM Submitted by mdgridley (24.74.19.191) from NORTH CAROLINA says wet
    The falling in the water wouldn't have bothered me as much as the getting my truck seat wet. We keep a towel in my truck because when my dog goes she has been known to go for a swim. In your case that would have been real handy.


  2. 7/10/2010 12:42:00 AM Submitted by Spooley (198.36.40.4) from OTHER says On a personal note..
    ..thanks fer sharing dat slick story.

    Eye busted my brown eye on my personal ramp once gettin out of my jonbote holding a 5 gal bucket of 'ole whiskers' from da trotline. Eye den looked around and seen dat no bobby saw me so I ease up slowly from da ramp and check my bucket-o-whiskers and all dem was still dare.

    SA


  3. 7/13/2010 2:26:00 PM Submitted by minner from ALABAMA says That whole ramp
    can get slick while driving up it. I have seen 2wd's struggle to get bigger boats up the concrete when it gets real wet from traffic.


  4. 11/3/2011 2:06:00 AM Submitted by Jim (71.204.195.81) from DELAWARE says boat ramp disaster
    Don't feel bad about your slippage on the ramp. I once saw a guy standing on a algae covered ramp and warned him just before his buddy was about to pull his boat out of the water. He didn't listen to me and slipped just as the boat was comming out of the water. Both wheels of the tandem axle trailer ran over his privates. The boat was at least a twenty footer. I believe he now sings an octive higher.


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