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« on: July 05, 2019, 04:48:30 PM »

 Went to my local launch today knowing it was a minus 3.0 tide. The port has stopped dredging the launch and any tide lower than minus 1.0 is a no go. Usually we can use the launch at any tide, but without dredging, it just keeps getting worse. This is one of the largest launches on the west coast. 15 lanes, and huge parking lots.

 In the picture all looks normal, but take a closer look. Every single boat in the picture is sitting high and dry on the mud. Some look like they're floating, but trust me, they are stuck too. Even all the boats tied to outer perimeter dock. Crabbing just opened yesterday and one huge trailer lot was nearly full. It's a busy launch and it's my launch and it sucks to see it this way. Hope the port gets it done eventually, but for now this is what we got


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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2019, 04:50:33 PM »

 Here is a zoomed up shot. You can see the grady on the far left is high and dry on mud. The boat with green bimini top is stuck too. It was strange cause the launch was so quiet even though there were plenty of boats.


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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2019, 05:00:41 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2019, 09:38:18 PM »

Whoah, it's kayak time!
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2019, 10:35:09 PM »

They need to get that fixed soon, we've got salmon to catch.
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2019, 11:14:42 PM »

I once saw a two-lane boat ramp and thought that was big and special.  But, fifteen lanes!!
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2019, 07:47:43 AM »

Some of our ramps have a big drop on the end of the concrete on really low tides . seen some nast traile tire damage and trailer frame hang ups . At least mud does not cause damage. Good like Ted !

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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2019, 06:44:27 PM »

Hi Ted,  We have the same issues down under. Lack of maintenance and removing of facilities over a period of time, made it a huge recent state election
    issue. the government fees for registration and licences were a revenue racket.  Our recent election had both major parties make huge promises for votes, which is now having an impact and they are now improving boating conditions. It was something like 50-60 million in revenue from boaters here with absolutely no maintenance, ie dredging, ramp upgrades etc, they even removed most bins and fish tables because it cost to maintain them. We pay for launching and parking as well, so we were truly getting screwed. So now, with the election done and dusted and the true revenue dollars made public, they now have to spend the coin they take and improve facilities. We are seeing results, but a lot of smaller ramps are like your situation above and without regular maintenance dredging, it makes them unusable......

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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2019, 12:08:31 AM »

I think you gentlemen have it pretty good!

If it makes you feel any better about the muddy mess above, here's a couple of our regular launch spots...





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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2019, 03:26:11 AM »

I think you gentlemen have it pretty good!

If it makes you feel any better about the muddy mess above, here's a couple of our regular launch spots...







Where is that Boon? Looks like North Queensland, Cardwell way?

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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2019, 08:49:34 PM »

New Zealand mate Smiley Similar corner of the world.
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