Hi guys...Just wanted to give you an update on my current circumstances. I have been working full time for several months now so I am no longer in any financial difficulties.
I finally used the trailer I built to launch my boat and I have to say it was just as easy to use as I hoped it would be. I launched my boat single handed and the wheels didn't even get wet! It it was recovered with me holding the bow of the boat straight on to the centreline of the trailer against the running tide on the Thames and then it was winched on by a woman who had never even been near a boat trailer before! It tows like a dream, the caravan axle suspension giving the boat a very smooth ride and the brakes work perfectly.
Also I swapped my little Mazda 2 1.4 TDS for something with more towing capacity, a Vauxhall Zafira 2.0 DTI, which I found on Swapz. It was a straight swap and no money changed hands!
Next I managed to find a used Witter towbar for it going cheap on ebay and once I had it fitted I was ready to roll.
The final addition was to swap the 13" steel caravan wheels for 14" five spoke Renault Clio alloys. (a perfect fit on my Knott axle BTW!) I bought three of them from a bloke on ebay for £40. I got three so that I could have a spare.
So all is well here, except in the trying to find myself a good woman department but that's only a matter of time.