^ Not Ralph
I was at the ramp one day in the Spring waiting on a guy to launch his slick looking inboard ski boat while he's on a single lane ramp...think it was a master craft. He finally got all his stuff on the boat, unhooked the tow strap from the boat and instructed his friend to back the truck up. His friend had never driven his truck (he told me that after the incident) and I don't think he ever backed a boat in. I watch the driver trying to back up...engine revving with reverse lights on and the truck wouldn't move. He finally figured out he had the emergency break on so he popped it off, truck took off backwards, he hit the breaks and stopped and i watched that nice shiny ski boat slide off the trailer in slow motion it seemed like and land on the concrete ramp on the bronze rudder and 4-blade prop. Front half of boat on the trailer, back half on the concrete. Now I was a bit perturbed by having to wait while he prepped on the ramp but I sure hated to see that happen. I can still hear the rending of metal on the concrete. I helped him get the boat back on the trailer and he checked the steering, rudder didn't turn. Prop had a chunk broken off of one blade and drive shaft was bent. OUCH! No idea how much that cost him, but I know it wasn't cheap. I genuinely felt sorry for the guy...he said he just got his boat out of service, had it detailed and all waxed up for his first time on the lake that season. I think that was the worst ***** I have seen at a ramp.
When I was a youngster my dad and I saw a similar situation back in NC. The difference was that it was pre-dawn in December and there was ice in the creek backs where this ramp was. Divers were called out with plasma cutters because they couldn't drag the wheel out from under that slab with anything they had.