Four Tips for a Foolproof Boat Launch

GET TELESCOPING MIRRORS
For around $20, you can get extensions that allow you to see around your boat when you turn and have a consistent view from either side--no more of that confusing "objects are closer than they appear" business. Buy them.

ARRANGE YOUR MIRRORS
Tilt the mirrors slightly downward so you can see either the launch lines or the concrete sidewalls as your boat rolls over the top of the ramp.

LEFT MEANS LEFT
Put one hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. Keep it there. This is the secret to backing up a trailer. The reason is that the trailer goes in the opposite direction of the front wheels, so once your hand is in position at the bottom of the wheel, moving it to the left makes your tires go to the right and the trailer to the left. Move your hand to the right, and your tires go to the left; your trailer, to the right. Simple, right?

CORRECT YOUR ANGLE
This isn't a race, so go easy, big fella. Use slow and gradual movements on the steering wheel to fine-tune your position.