Boat launching during Corona Virus / COVID19 epidemic
These days, as states struggle to contain the Corona Virus (COVID19) epidemic, and issue new restrictions on the use of public facilities, including boat ramps, it’s important to remember that launching a motorized S4 cartop microskiff or a W700 motor kayak requires no boat ramp, and in fact no other special access to the water.
You can launch these ultralight and portable craft anywhere, be it a dock, a beach or a river bank, and even in a rock garden, namely a beach that features rocks and boulders on shore as well as in the water.
You can transport these cartop boats on top of your vehicle or inside it (e.g. in a bigger SUV or minivan), and on top of a truck bed, in case you own a pickup truck.
You can launch and beach these minimal draft and agile boats in extremely shallow water, and paddle them with the propeller raised out of the water. Technically and legally, these are kayaks, and they paddle well, especially the W700. Alternatively, you can pole them, although poling is harder than paddling.
2 thoughts on “Public boat landings are closed but an S4 can be launched anywhere”
The public boat ramps in the Florida Keys are closed. There are private ramps. However, as of this coming Friday, non-residents will not be permitted entry by car or truck. So, boats on trailers coming from out of county/state will be sent north to Dade County where public ramps are also closed.
The hotel from which I ran inshore excursions from has been closed. So, I have taken my tour boat out of the water. With no visitors allowed to arrive, on Friday, I am curtailing Wavewalk demos till things resume a semblance of normal.
Ironically, the S4 allows the user to motor to clean water environments far from the crowd without need for public launch facilities.
I will do my best to help others find alternative access to healthy outdoor waterfront recreation.
At present, I am not restricted from delivering boats up the coast and will be doing this for awhile.
Be joyful and enjoy sanitary solitude in your S4.
Sanitary solitude, Solitary sanity, Salutary salinity, Saltwater salvation…
Here in New England it’s still too cold here for these things! 😀