Originally Posted by Simon B
In the example wear baldy bangs his head on youtube, did he use the winch to pull the boat off or was that just the winch spooling out under gravity?
Didn't get the idea of that second off last line he clipped on, if had broke loose it would have slid off at least a metre probably two. I have seen a bottle screw used for his last connection. We take a few turns around the winch post with the painter as a supplemental line.
You can get anal though - second winch post (in case first gives way)
Multiple D rings on keel - I ve seen it probably weakened it more than strengthened.
The winch 'powers out'. I think if the trailer is working correctly, very little effort should be necessary to move the boat on it?. The benefit here to powering out, is you can be in the boat while doing it and still be in control.
If you mean the second dyneema line, I didn't copy that bit, I understood that to be a means of auto stopping the winch so as not to pull the bow eye out the boat....thought it was a bit of overkill. If you read other threads here, people talk about "the winch struggles" (similar power to mine 4500lb ) after using the system for 6 months, I think some form of auto stop is desirable...I'd fitted a 500kg hook as a safety 'break'...one inadvertent press of the in button with bow up against the snubber and it straightened this hook.
If you’re meaning the chain connection to the post; the winch isn't designed to take shock loads (bumps on the road) the Wichard connection is fast and safe so is easy to connect before you pull up the slip.
Yip I've got two external lifting eyes
which are also used to lash down for trailering...