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Old 21 September 2008, 17:25   #21
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... I have little faith in winch ratchet mechanisms and wouldn't ever haul out relying on the winch alone ..

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

Are you taking the p***?

Misinterpretation of 'hauling out'
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Old 21 September 2008, 17:37   #22
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Misinterpretation of 'hauling out'
Try 'recover'.
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Old 21 September 2008, 17:39   #23
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Try 'recover'.
Yep - I think he read that you had a safety cable of some sorts to use during winching.
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Yep - I think he read that you had a safety cable of some sorts to use during winching.
Ah, right. If the winch strap brakes during winching, she'd drop back into the water. If the ratchet 'lets go' when pulling up the slip it could lead to disaster. The amount of speedboats that pull up the slip at Mylor held on by no more than the winch ratchet. The death of one kid obviously wasn't enough to convince them.
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I thought it was the trailer that broke free - not the boat?
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I thought it was the trailer that broke free - not the boat?
It was, but it was still a fatality caused by stupidity when recovering a trailer boat.
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Ah, right. If the winch strap brakes during winching, she'd drop back into the water. If the ratchet 'lets go' when pulling up the slip it could lead to disaster. The amount of speedboats that pull up the slip at Mylor held on by no more than the winch ratchet. The death of one kid obviously wasn't enough to convince them.
Had a mental block off what you were trying to say .....I use a similar setup but a strap instead of chain once the boats on the trailer before i drive up the slipway.

mollers ...what winch is on your trailer?


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The ones Dixon Bate supply with their trailers are very well made and you can buy them from DB for 75
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