Power loading is when a boater remains in their boat and keeps the motor trim low to “power” the boat onto the trailer, vs. using a bow line and the boarding dock to “walk and guide” the boat onto the trailer. Power loading may be faster, but it’s costly and impacts everyone who uses the boat ramp.
Here’s what happens:
When the toe of a boat ramp is undermined, it compromises the integrity of the ramp itself, causing damage to the rebar and other material on the ramp. This can cause boat ramps to be shut down, as is the case for Clackamette Park, in Clackamas County. In many cases, the boat ramp requires a complete rebuild that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. And these are boater dollars that come from registration and titling fees. So it really behooves all boaters to protect “their” investment, and take the extra 5 minutes to properly load their boat onto the boat trailer.
Boat-Ed study guide about power loading -with short, 22 second video.