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Old 21 September 2008, 11:27   #11
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Yeah, bin it and get a decent one. As mentioned, i'd not bother with a removable handle. I have little faith in winch ratchet mechanisms and wouldn't ever haul out relying on the winch alone as I see many doing.
I use a ratchet strap before I slid down and haul up the slip. Have to be careful though as one of my "helpful" crew removed it just prior to launch yesterday.
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Old 21 September 2008, 11:27   #12
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It's removable! Put it in your car like I do
Complete with your folding trailer
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I have little faith in winch ratchet mechanisms and wouldn't ever haul out relying on the winch alone as I see many doing.
interesting ...what do you use as well as the winch .....



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Complete with your folding trailer
No folding trailer these days old bean
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I guess a lot depends on your trailer and how its set up but on both my previous rib and this one then the winch is virtualy redundant as I just drive the boat on to the trailer leave the engine in forward with just enough power to hold the rib in place then just clip on the strap at the front. I do the same when launching use the engine to hold the rib on the trailer whilst I unclip the winch then just cut the throttle and it slides off.

Looks very good when you get it right
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Old 21 September 2008, 14:44   #16
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I think it depends more on where you launch and how many different sites you may visit during a season. No two are ever the same and some are most definitely unlike any other venue A good winch is one of the most important bits of kit on the outfit in lots of places and life is very very difficult without a good un. At others its a piece of **** and you drive on and off with no problems, but it would be ever so boring just going to easy places wouldnt it.
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Old 21 September 2008, 15:24   #18
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but it would be ever so boring just going to easy places wouldnt it.
Indeed, but I can't imagine many people trying to launch an 8 meter rib of the slide of the slipway like I used to do with my 5.5 (after reading your tips on how to of course Dave)

Of course a winch is essential I was simply offering my method that I use when beach launching in Cornwall or the bottom of Beachley slip on the Bristol channel which is probably the worst slip I use and could never be referred to as an easy slip.
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I guess a lot depends on your trailer and how its set up but on both my previous rib and this one then the winch is virtualy redundant as I just drive the boat on to the trailer leave the engine in forward with just enough power to hold the rib in place then just clip on the strap at the front. I do the same when launching use the engine to hold the rib on the trailer whilst I unclip the winch then just cut the throttle and it slides off.

Looks very good when you get it right
It's not the trailer that determines whether you need to winch, it's the depth of water.
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interesting ...what do you use as well as the winch .....



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A short length of chain attached to the winch post and a snap shackle.

Are you taking the p***?
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