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Old 11 April 2002, 16:28   #21
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We launch over the side at Knott End simply 'cos you have to on many ocasions. Last weekend was a very small neap. On a spring when we may have 10.5 to 11m high water the tide over the ramp produces a mass of waves from around 2 hours before hw which can make launching conventionally nigh on impossible. At the very least it can cause a lot of hull damage! At this state of tide it is easier to launch the bigger boat over the side than th C-rider off its conventional trailer in the conventional way.
My background has been launching fast fishing boats off exposed beaches for years. We are never able to float boats on from these beaches-more damage is caused by boats lifting on a wave and then dropping on a sharp bit of trailer than by taking it virtually dry off the beach. My club has 5 tractors all with electric winches on the back but the manual trailer winch is ok. You winch as, Johno says, the trailer underneath the boat to a certain extent. We handle boats up to 7m with no probs.
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Old 11 April 2002, 16:35   #22
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I think someone needs a lesson on reversing a trailer!!
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Old 11 April 2002, 16:37   #23
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How do you work that one out? - This is a pretty precision piece of reversing to get it between the bollards on the side and close enough to th edge.
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Old 11 April 2002, 16:45   #24
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The angle of manouvre is too sharp a good driver would have p*~"^* it??
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Old 11 April 2002, 17:15   #25
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I didnt make the connection at first (has been a long day!) -Bill from Worcester - now it all makes sense - no need to worry about any criticism
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Old 11 April 2002, 17:16   #26
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the angle needs to be sharp to put the whole trailer end over the edge-still its always easy when youre not doing it every weekend and not to an audience. I'll pass on the lessons thanx
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Old 12 April 2002, 13:54   #27
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Just to let you all know......

Graeme and I are still speaking - I haven't been on the forums this week because I've been serving my penance at Butlins !!!!!

The PB 2 course was great. I learnt loads (can now do a figure of 8 round 2 buoys in reverse ) and I can really recommend the course to seasoned crew members that never seem to get a go at driving. There's no excuse for he-who-likes-to think-he's-the-Captain not to give me a go now I'm qualified

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Old 12 April 2002, 15:50   #28
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hi-de-hi, morning campers. Come on now you enjoyed it really. The kids used to let me take 'em on the helter skelter so I had an excuse to go on at my age. Now they just send me postcards from up some mountain or other where they're snowboarding while the ole mans at home paying for it!
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Actually.....

Butlins have a ride in their Swimming Pool (capital letters 'cause it has a wave machine and various slides/rides) that uses small inflatables!!! Maybe they ought to be corporate members of BIBOA?

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Old 12 April 2002, 19:25   #30
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Do you have to choke on diesel fumes in the smimming pool at butlins also????
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