My wife’s friend bought his first boat and went to launch it. Everything would have been fine if he took his truck out of reverse when he stepped out to release the winch cable. His Chevy pick up soon became a submarine. Poor guy, especially when he had to go home an ‘splain it to the wifey. Lol.A boat ramp is a great place for entertainment. The first holiday of the summer season, Memorial Day here in the States, is the day all new owners and rusty old owners show up with dreams of beer and sun and fun to launch their often neglect boats. Lower units dragging on the pavement, boats floating away, boats sinking, people falling in the water, jack knifed trailers backing up, all the comedy of a slapstick vaudeville act.
My father in law, the "dumb farmer" taught me that trick.My dad owned multiple boats that he pulled with either a pickup or small motor home. He always installed a boat hitch on his front bumper for launching his boats. Made it a snap to drive the boat trailer down to the ramp and into the water, and it also kept the rear drive axle up out of the water for better traction.