November 20, 2011 at 6:44pm
I don't know what trailer slicks are but I fish my myself most of the time and launch very easy. Tie a bow rope longer than your boat, undo the winch before backing in the trailer and tie the rope to the rear of the trailer, back in until the boat floats, usually when the top of the fenders are almost under water and hit the brakes. The boat should slide off the trailer until the bow line stops it. Pull up the truck until you can untie the line from the trailer and pull the boat to the dock. When coming back in, back the trailer down the same and drive the boat up to the bow stop on the trailer. Mine just slides right up with very little power, (too much power causes backwash at the rear of the landing), a walk to the bow, hook the latch on the winch, if you can't drive up all the way you may have to winch it a few turns, get in the truck and pull off the landing and tie down. Very easy with side bumpers but it can be done without.
Or you can undo the hook, get in the boat after backing down the trailer until the fenders are almost under water, start the engine and back off tie up to the dock and move the truck, when coming back just use the same method I suggested earlier. I always unplug the boat lights just in-case water gets in the light assy. so the bulbs do not burn out. It may take some practice but is the only way I do it. Good fishin' Ray