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8 Boat Launch Fail Videos

A collection of the top boat launch fail videos.

January 30, 2014
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As anyone who’s spent any time around launch ramps knows, one can see some pretty amazing sights as people attempt to launch and retrieve their boats. Often, poor judgment makes boat-launchers their own worst enemy, though sometimes things just go wrong. It could happen to any of us — though we’re sure glad when it doesn’t. I’ve compiled 8 compelling, short boating videos here — some the stuff nightmares are made of, but others more a hoot and less a disaster. (Either way, I tried to avoid particularly mean-spirited boat launch fail videos that label the afflicted as morons or use similarly uncharitable terms.) Enjoy (yes, you may hear a couple of naughty words, so consider yourself forewarned).

How many vehicles does it take to launch a boat? In this case, quite a few — an SUV, two trucks and two tractors.

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“Not a good day to launch a boat” would be some serious understatement.

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This has to be the Freddy Krueger of launch ramps, swallowing first an SUV, then nearly the tow truck that tows it out — until a second, larger tow truck saves the day.

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The poster of this video entitled it “Coolest guy at the boat ramp,” and that about says it all.

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Premature launches are hell, as you’ll see.

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In the blink of an eye things can go from just fine to total disaster.

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Okay, there’s nothing truly frightening or bizarre in this one; it’s just a really cool time-lapse look at a busy ramp — five hours of comings and goings on a 3-laner shown in three minutes.

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Sometimes it’s not the launch, it’s the boat….

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