If you're planning on doing any significant amount of boating here in Maine, it is inevitable that you will encounter a time when no one is available to go with you and you'll be forced to go alone. I use the term 'forced' loosely because, let's face it, you're never really forced to go boating. You always want to go!

However, if and when you do go out alone, you'll have to launch and recover your boat solo at the, oftentimes busy, boat launch. Now, I've seen a lot of angry people in my day, but I've never seen anyone angrier than a fellow boater who is waiting for someone who doesn't know what they're doing to get out of the way and clear the landing. So, in short, don't be that guy or girl.

This is a video that I think truly captures the best method for both launching and recovering your boat while you're alone. And remember, it's a totally different animal. When you have at least one other person with you launching is as easy as putting them in the boat to back right off the trailer as soon as you back in. What you're about to see here is a lot different but, if done right, can be almost as fast!

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