go on---admit it you've been waiting for me haven't ya!
the guy is just a tad too far up the slip with the trailer. Needs a bit more practise.
Can only assume it's to not get his trailer wet
shouldn't jump to conclusions
That slip is not usually the pussycat you see there. At certain stages of the tide there can be 4knots across it with a few BIG standing waves which are impossible to launch through, also the angle of the slip is very shallow at certain parts.
Under the surface are some lovely bollards to take your gelcoat off. Oh yes and a dogleg in the slipway to walk off like the jetskier did last weekend
I'd like to see him recover it that way
here ya go then
retrieve over the side
we rarely recover like that, there are obvious dangers, usually borne of necessity if we get caught with some bad weather at a bad state of tide because this slip is Very exposed to the prevailing wind.
BUT we often recover over the side by winch alone with one guy holding a stern rope to keep it at the right angle to the trailer once the bow is in the jaws.
Don't like it?? Knott End is not for you then. All the guys who know which end of the boat is which launch over the side at this venue. I can go down there, jack-knife our 6m rib, slide it off, tie it up safe and go park the car on my own with relative ease and incidentally still with dry boots.
We also have another pass time at Knott End.. sitting on the sea wall and watching the antics of those who know far better than us-excellent entertainment except for the damage to perfectly good boats, not infrequently people, and on several occasions folk swept into the water hanging onto their boat. Requiring one of us to go launch a boat over the side and recover them.
Damage to engine??--sold that 5.5 in the pics last year to the local coastguard lads when their cg boat was withdrawn. Been used there since 2001 on inumerable boat courses..original engine, original trailer and original wheel bearings and its all running sweet as the proverbial nut.
However that trailer had been dunked - at Knott End and all around the UK from the south coast to the west coast of Scotland ..but we did look after the hubs on that one.