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Old 13 January 2006, 05:26   #11
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Originally Posted by CJL
I am speaking from experience!!!
Go on then enlighten us, what happened?

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Old 13 January 2006, 05:39   #12
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1) In a 6m boat sitting in it to drive it on you are VERY high up
2) and at a 45 degree angle
(think of the biggest wave you have driven through and being stuck at that angle - you absolutly must have a seat back on your boat!)
3) you submerge your exhaust outlet doing it.
4) You bend the keel rollers on your trailer
5) the boat is very unstable whilst up in the air (left to right I mean)
6) the tide rips in there and the bollards on the side of the slip are a nightmare
7) Bow roller tends to get below the first keel roller on the trailer so you have to lift the front of the boat up.

So generally scary!!!!!


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Old 13 January 2006, 06:33   #13
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Originally Posted by L.Talboom
I can anderstand it perfectly! Don't know why but government policy is to decrease the number of places for launching your boat. At every water-side
they dump bricks and rocks to protect the river-shores and I think also to prevent launching.
In Rotterdam for instance there is no slipway at all. Nearest point is Alblasserdam.
Furthermore I don't mind to pay for something where there is a counter effort but prices like 15 or 20 euros in a harbour just for using only ones(!) the slip is a bit too maddening for me!
Launching your rib the way like the picture shows isn't a big problem. That is, as long as your boat is not too heavy, say up to 5m. It just needs some muscles!

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Old 13 January 2006, 07:07   #14
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I've done it like that with a 5m was the only way to get it out of the canal after we bought it.The guy said there was a slip up the canal 2 miles-turned out it'd been removed 5 years previously.

It took 3 of us 2 hours and we had to rope the towhitch to the towball to stop the whole lot hitting the deck. Very scary!
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