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Old 07 January 2006, 08:50   #11
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I had that set up for launching my old Hunter 19 fin keeler. Sat on a cradle with launching wheels that mounted/demounted off a road trailer by winch/gravity.
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Old 07 January 2006, 13:21   #12
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SBS did make a system that was for heavier boats (ie small/medium sized RIBs). The main trailer was a bit like a car trailer with two tracks on, and then ramps at the back. On top of that sat a trolley with four wheels. It had a draw bar on the front with a regular tow hitch. You winched the trolley off the main trailer and then lauched as you normally would using your car. At the end of the day you winch the trolley back onto the trailer and tow it home.
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Old 07 January 2006, 16:54   #13
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One of our clients has his 6m rib on a conventional roller coaster type trailer that he uses for launch and retrieve and to run from the slip to the car park where he then winches the lot onto another road trailer similar to a single car transporter trailer for transport home. (Mind you he does run a commercial vehicle breakdown/recovery/workshop business so it was no doubt something to make in a spare minute!). Straps the lot down and never gets his road wheels wet. Personally I use lots of good waterproof grease and bearing buddies which is fine for the bearings but it would be really, really, nice to have trailer brakes and cables that have never seen salt water!
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Old 07 January 2006, 19:47   #14
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Got one on (under?) a two ton trailer-sailer yacht (bigger than most ribs then...). Made by SBS, it consists of a break back road trailer with a galvanised launch trolley running on four wheels which locate in longitudinal tracks on the main chassis. Boat rides quite high when towed, but the whole package works perfectly. Main obstacle these days would be cost - this device cost 2.5k ten years ago - comparing it to my two year old Admiral reveals considerable differences in quality of manufacture...
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Old 08 January 2006, 08:29   #15
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20 ton Volvo with a Hi-ab crane!
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Old 08 January 2006, 13:03   #16
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I like your solution

I presme you run your truck as a showmans caravan i.e cheap car tax. but do you need an Operators licence and tacho to drive it?
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Old 09 January 2006, 05:22   #17
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I presme you run your truck as a showmans caravan i.e cheap car tax. but do you need an Operators licence and tacho to drive it?

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I presme you run your truck as a showmans caravan i.e cheap car tax. but do you need an Operators licence and tacho to drive it?
No - it's too restrictive - I run it on a private heavy goods licence - same price as the pickup! I use the tacho, but I don't believe it's compulsory. No need for an operators licence either!
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Old 09 January 2006, 15:27   #19
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Thanks Cooks! I must admit it's an interesting option
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How do actually launch?

Hi Cookee

How do you actually launch, does it limit where you launch?

any more images?

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