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Old 06-20-2020, 08:28 AM
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Default Proper side of a dock to launch from???

At a launch with a single dock where you can tie up on either side, is there a perceived correct side to launch from and a correct side to load from? Had some guy lose his stuff over a situation yesterday. Nobody at the launch coming in or going out. No in or out lanes marked. I chose the left side (when looking at the water from land, right if you were coming in from the water) because it's easier to see backing in. Staged in the prep area for that lane, and just as I'm backing in, here comes some guy from off Lake Huron into the harbor, blasting his horn and screaming something. Thought he was in distress at first, so I stopped to see what the deal was. Nope, totally losing his cool because I was on his right side of the dock backing in. Proceeds to accelerate and came into the dock pretty hot, speed and temper-wise. I just shook my head and started to switch my dock ropes to the other side. Guy jumps off his boat and starts to berate me that the right side of the dock is for loading only, and that I should have seen that his dock ropes were tied off on his boat to tie up on that side. Forget the fact that I was already in my truck, getting ready to back in when he entered the harbor, and that he could easily see that I was already staged in that lane, backing in, obviously with my dock ropes set to tie up on that side. Anyone else have an unwritten or unmarked rule that one side of the dock is for launching and the other for loading? I've never heard of one. Even at marked ramps, I've seen the lanes go both ways. Left for launching sometimes, others the right side for launching.

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Old 06-20-2020, 08:32 AM
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Nope...never heard of anything like that before. He just made it up...lol

Unless there are signs saying to the contrary, either side can be used for launch or loading out.

Too bad you didn't get a video of that tantrum.
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Old 06-20-2020, 09:19 AM
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Never in 30+ years have I heard of that. Guy must have some problems he needs to work through. These days, you never know what’s bothering somebody
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Old 06-20-2020, 09:23 AM
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All I know is the red zone is for loading and unloading only or is that the white zone?
Seriously, if there is a ramp on either side of the dock I have never heard of a loading & unloading zone at the boat ramp
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Old 06-20-2020, 09:25 AM
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I have my dock lines tied to port side of boat so always launch and load from that side since I fish alone most of the time. If somebody is the lane while loading/launching, just wait til they are out of there. Only time I get mad is when they decide after tied to dock now is time to get something to eat, go to bathroom, discuss latest fishing stories, etc while I'm waiting to dock. I've seen boats empty tied up for 20 minutes.
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Old 06-20-2020, 09:39 AM
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Never heard of such a thing. Depending on which of my boats I am using, and wind direction, it can sometimes make a difference on how easy it is to load my boat onto the trailer. If it seems worth the effort I just wait for the side I want to come open.

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Old 06-20-2020, 09:45 AM
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That's good. I was thinking there was some unwritten rule about which side to use that I never heard of and have been doing it wrong all these years. lol
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Old 06-20-2020, 09:52 AM
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I don't appreciate the people that tie their pontoon to the dock and then load a dozen people and all their gear aboard. People also wait for a guide who ties his pontoon to the launch dock and then drives two miles to town to buy his bait for the day. I'm glad to be retired so I can fish during the week and avoid the weekend launch circus.
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Also never heard of such a thing, unless it is clearly marked like already mentioned. I just use whatever side is open. That guy sure needs to get his head examined!
So, did you change sides and let him load his boat on the side he wanted?

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Old 06-20-2020, 10:09 AM
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Also never heard of such a thing, unless it is clearly marked like already mentioned. I just use whatever side is open. That guy sure needs to get his head examined!
So, did you change sides and let him load his boat on the side he wanted?

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Yeah, I switched. Not even worth the hassle. He was already at the dock before I realized he was just being a prick and not in distress. As he was going off, I glanced at the pavement at the top of the ramp and then the seawall where markings would usually be, and sarcastically said "Sorry, I didn't see those arrows marking the lanes", then he stormed off to his truck. lol
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