Things not to do with your boat
A collection of photos found around the internet over the years, dealing with boating mishaps, mishaps in the making, or just mishaps that somehow end up involving a boat.
Power surfing? There’s a video of this moron down at the bottom of the page.
Look both ways before rowing through an intersection
Uhm. This. Don’t do this.
Do not row your refrigerator.
Do not turn boat over before fishing
Plug. Remember it before launching.
Learn to back up a trailer, dammit!
Uhm, This. Don’t do this.
Do not trim the bow too damned high!
Yeah. This is not an example of proper boating technique.
Yeah, go ahead and do this if you want.
Fully rollerized trailer? You want the extra heavy duty straps and winch cable to go with that.
Showing that guy with the cantilever canoe how it’s done
Marvin, I told you not to pull that 2″ coupling with that 1-7/8 ball!
Why’d you get in my way? Couldn’t you see I was going fast?
We’ll figure out how to get it down when we get tot he lake!
Never try to pull a loaded trailer up and over the drop-off the end of the pavement
Don’t park a yacht on a building. Or is this a houseboat?
That cop is NOT buying that excuse.
Launching’s a breeze when you carry your boat like this!
I’m thinking these bass boat trailers need better Hitch stands or something.
I don’t know about the boat or the truck, but that it one HELL of a trailer hitch!
Hey, no cutting the line at the gas pumps!
Good brakes on the truck, I guess.
Tackle Warehouse is a great place to buy tackle. But uhm… don’t let ’em pull your boat down the road.
Caused by a smoke flicked out the window?
One of these boats was sent out to ‘rescue’ the other one when it got stuck on the rocks.
Brent Ehler was involved in a serious head on crash pulling his rig to a tourney in 2012.
Charlie Moore doesn’t seem to park his boat too well.
Amazing that it could balance so perfectly.
Live in an old van down by the river? Hah! This guy lives in an old van ON the river!
Uhmmm, you missed the ramp, fella!
Took on a little more water than it could handle, I guess.
This one got clipped by a passing motorist.
Trailers are dangerous. Just look at all the boats that have come off the trailers on this page. No chance of that happening here.
Maybe somebody stole the trailer?
Do NOT try to drive over rock piles. They are harder than fiberglass. Much harder.
How many time do we have to say it? Hook it, and strap it. Before you drive!
I’ve seen this happen before, but it’s usually th jack plate that fails, not the transom.
Try not to drive out of the lake, no matter what your GPS says.
Way to go Ike! Hmm. On 2nd thought, that’s NOT the way to go.
This is what happens when you drive through a wave instead of over it.
This looks like the result of the kill switch not being hooked up.
Uhm… the other side down, man.
Somehow, this just doesn’t look very well thought out.
Sunk at the dock?
This is NOT how to dock a boat.
Damned newbies typing up the boat ramp with their fires and shit.
If you’ve got to bail it out on dry land, there’s something terribly wrong.
If this isn’t storm damage, don’t let this guy park your boat!
Pretty sure this one didn’t fall off a trailer.
OK, this isn’t a boat. But lets face it. This guy’s probably done the same thing with his boat at some point.
Yeah, this one’s not a boat either. But does he know that?
Don’t park your boat next to the only tree within a half mile.
So did this just roll off the edge, or did someone back it there?
Don’t name it Titanic! Just sayin’.
Don’t make it into a car!
Repeat! Do not make your boat into a car.
Do not park your pontoon boat at right angles to the direction of traffic.
If you need to be told not to do this, you shouldn’t be allowed to have a boat. Luckily, he won’t be producing any offspring.
If you can’t drive a motorized vehicle on land, should you have an outboard on your boat?
Do not back your boat under the dock.
Do not anchor above the low tide line. Especially this far above the low tide line.
Park next to the pier, not on top of it.
When you stop on the side of the road, pull WAY off the road, so no-one can run into you from the rear and cause this.
Don’t embarrass yourself like this.
When you wreck it, try to avoid putting your boat in a position that makes more work for the cleanup crew.
Does this even need a caption? Whatever it is, don’t do it!
When dragging your boat through the drive-thru, don’t make the guy riding out there pay for it..
The only boat you should tow with a motor cycle is a wet bike.
Does this even need a caption?
This is NOT a cartopper.
Do not loan your boat to a grizzly. Even if it is just a jetski.
No caption necessary.
A boat is NOT a train.
Do not use your vehicle to power a top heavy pontoon raft.
Putting an outboard on the tailgate doesn’t make a your pickup into a boat. Does it?
Picture speaks for itself, I think.
Yeah, them fully rollerized trailers are great, aren’t they? At least it should bbe pretty easy to get it back on with all them rollers.
The oldest trick in the book!
Not a great place to park your boat.
Yeah, that’s not good.
Not sure how you do this, but it’d probably be best to try not to.
Pavement and gelcoat. Natural born enemies. And the pavement always wins.
Do not anchor your boat from the stern. Especially in current.
If the plug is out, typing it to the dock is not going to keep it afloat.
Barbecuing on board is a bad idea.
Somehow, I suspect this boat didn’t have much flotation foam.
How many time we gotta say it… don’t make your boat into a car.
Putting in, unhook winch AFTER the trailer is in the water. Taking out, Hook up the winch strap BEFORE pulling the trailer out.
Don’t beach your boat overnight if it doesn’t have an automatic bilge pump. Big wind can make big waves.
I keep telling you. IN the water!
I’ve got to assume there was water there when he tried to drive across it, or he wouldn’t have gotten nearly that far.
Not that many upside-down boats though.
Or of boats that are docked wrong.
No shortage of boats that have decided to come off the trailers here.
Not sure what happened here, but it’s probably best to avoid this kind of situation.
Perhaps they didn’t notice the noise behind them when it came off?
If you’re going to sink, a marina’s as good a place as any, I guess.
Yeah. Uhm. This just doesn’t look like a good idea.
before you tie the boat to the dock, make sure the bottom is actually connected to it.
These may look comfortable, but they are bad for your posture.
Try to stay in more tan 3 inches of water.
Hook the strap up and engage the winch’s anti-reverse pawl BEFORE pulling out.
Try to avoid any activity that ends with SeaTow, but especially ones that end with your craft underwater and hooked to SeaTow.
Don’t back in quite this far when launching or retrieving!
Uhm… watch where you’re going. Seem simple enough, doesn’t it?
Yeah. There’s that whole ‘put the plug in’ thing again.
Refrain from taking a hard turn in a narrow channel.
That sign about ‘Danger, Dam Ahead’, it’s for real. If your’e going to ignore it, be sure to take along some clean underwear. You’ll need it.
That ‘your car is not a boat’ thing we’ve been stressing? It applies to golf carts, too.
Unhook BOTH stern straps before you back it in.
Your truck is not an ice shanty.
Come on people… how many times do we need to tell you not to make yor boat into a car. Unless you want to look like an idiot with too much money and time on his hands.
MAINTENANCE! I saw this pic and went right out and greased my trim tube.
If you really need to be told that dropping your boat into the water nose first is a bad idea, you should probably reconsider owning a boat int he first place.
This guy said he didn’t see the restaurant because it was foggy. He drove over 100 feet across the beach to hit the building. How fast was he going in the fog at night?
Yeah, rag haulers screw up too.
SOMEBODY’S getting a ticket this afternoon.
Mounting that new console yourself to save money? Don’t do it if you’re an idiot.
Hey, at least the boat floats
Other side up, fella.
Every now and then, look n the mirror and make sure the boat’s still on the trailer.
Never rely on GPS alone in the dark.
I suppose that’s one way to get the boat on top of the truck
Problems at the ramp have been around a loooong time.
PVC pipe and garbage bags do not make a boat.
It’s a camper, dammit!
A table is not a boat. Even an upside down one.
We’ve said it before. Strap it before pulling out.
never drive your boat at right angles to traffic. On the highway.
Carrying your boat on the roof of the pickup. getting it off is always an adventure.
I’m pretty sure there’s a cop somewhere who will ticket this on general principals
Do not use your boat as a monster truck
Make sure that opening is really the ramp before you back down.
Don’t try parking the boat on the rear deck of the house.
Roller trailers. Straps. Chains. Ropes. How often do we need to say it?
It’s tough to hide a boat in the bushes.
Cops can be idiots, too.
No idea what went on here, but it doesn’t look like it was good.
There was some type of dock related mishap here,, I’m pretty sure.
Don’t assume that everybody sees the big, shiny read thing behind you.
Make sure the damned motor is secure on the transom
Whatever’s going on here — avoid it.
Again… don’t drive by GPS alone.
Yep, it’s on the beach. What are you looking at?
This guy drove into a standing tree at night. Obviously at way too high a speed. There was at least one fatality.
Do not sink.
Best to look ahead instead of trusting the GPS
Try to avoid sudden stops when trailering.
probably best to empty the fuel tank and lines before tryting to take your boat apart with a chainsaw.
Uhm — either in the water or on the trailer.
This looks like there’s some overly complicated but very clever way to get this thing down.
Do not give your boat a name that can’t help but invite trouble.