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Old 18 February 2011, 07:51   #1
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Electric winch for winching trailer up the slip!

Hi guys.. I know there are a few threads on winches etc but I said I'd start a newer Up to date one, just wondering has anyone got a electric winch for the towbar to pull the boa and trailer up the slipway? I see a few on the Market with a little mount plate that you can slip over the tow ball, plug into the 12v socket and winch it up.. Does anyone have actually use this system or any other suggestions? The slip way is about 40ft to the water edge at high tide..
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Old 19 February 2011, 15:13   #2
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I have a suggestion which is a general rule rather than about any one product: if you want to pull something 40ft, go for a capacity of 2 or 3 times what you think the max load will be.

Check out www.goodwinch.com for their towball winch, I've not used one but it would probably be a good bet as David's stuff is usually decent and does what it says it will. The 99p on Ebay specials are probably worth every penny...
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Old 19 February 2011, 17:10   #3
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Ah that's fantastic, just checked out that site and it looks exactly what I'm looking for.. They have a winch in a box complete with all the attachments for the towball ready to go!
Good advice on the weight too, I had a similar figure or 2 to 3 times in my mind too.. Ts a safer bet too getting the next size up..
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Talk to David (owner of Goodwinch) about the weight of the boat, gradient and distance before you order it - he's been winching stuff around for decades so will have a pretty good idea whether it will do the job or not.
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Alternatively attach a Passat 4motion our Audi quattro to the towbar. Galvanised chassis. 4 wheel drive.

Lack decent ground clearance but tow well, economical and never struggle with grip...
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Not seen too many vehicles with galvanised brakes though...
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Alternatively attach a Passat 4motion our Audi quattro to the towbar. Galvanised chassis. 4 wheel drive.

Lack decent ground clearance but tow well, economical and never struggle with grip...
I've got an awd diesel Subaru legacy, she'll tow 2 ton no probs and she's very economical.. But it's just with no low box in it, it's a lot of pressure on the clutch moving off on a slip way with a ton behind you.. The slipway that I use seems to be a little steeper than most others around..hence I thought the winch job would save some hassle( and maybe the cost of a new clutch!) 
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we are looking an electric winch to attach to the boat trailer for towing a 6.8m rib on to the trailer. the boat weighs 2200kg. any suggestions???
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I use the Power Winch 712 every weekend and for many years. Never had any problem. Had to make some alterations to the trailer and car for the power suply.
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I've got an awd diesel Subaru legacy, she'll tow 2 ton no probs and she's very economical.. But it's just with no low box in it, it's a lot of pressure on the clutch moving off on a slip way with a ton behind you.. The slipway that I use seems to be a little steeper than most others around..hence I thought the winch job would save some hassle( and maybe the cost of a new clutch!) 

keep an eye on the clutch, I have one and it needed a new clutch* at 30,000 miles and I was not towing a boat at that stage. seems to be a lot of issues with them but great car otherwise!

*done under warranty
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