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Old 07 November 2012, 09:33   #31
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i was only 11 so wasn't able to hold it off and it just rode up and hurt itself
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Old 07 November 2012, 11:55   #32
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The big problem there is that there are more than enough trailers with fully functional lighting board brackets at the "standard" height, so I suspect if it came to it you wouldn't have a leg to stand on if the prosecutors had a half decent lawyer.
Don't disagree at all. And whilst the interpretation of the law is down to the individual court, or QC, or whomever, what I posted is still 'the law', when it comes to trailer lighting regulations.

So I'd have guessed, if they were to rule it unsafe practice, in court, and fine you (or disembowl you, or garrot you ) then they'd have to rewrite the C&U regs pertaining to trailers. Or more specifically the lighting.

Still, as you correctly stated, there's plenty of trailers out there conforming to the normal lighting board practice, that the likelyhood of you having to do something out of the ordinary is slim. But I feel it'd be pretty poor show if you abided by the letter of the law and they took you to court and found you guilty of not adhering to the C&U as stated.
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Old 07 November 2012, 14:55   #33
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Silly question, I know but...

If I had a trailer where all lights and the numberplate meet the requirements but, when the boat is on it, they are all obscured, is that (a) legal and (b) more legal than having the board attached to the boat (load)?

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Old 07 November 2012, 15:51   #34
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I have to say I agree with Erin. That's not so say there wasn't something wrong with your recovery method too! If the swell is sufficient that a part of the trailer that should be completely below the hull contacts the tubes then I'd have thought the risk of injury or hull damage was also quite high.
Probably was! Think it was only the second or third time we'd ever tried it!

Was a pretty tricky slip actually, and after that time we never used it again. I think the story would be different now however, because in the same situation I could hold the boat off whereas before I couldn't. The the swell was probably about 1.5ft so 3ft up down makes quite a difference to the boat coming up and forward the falling down onto the trailer. It was also a poorly designed trailer because it wasn't possible to remove the extension bars.
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Old 08 November 2012, 04:14   #35
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Silly question, I know but...

If I had a trailer where all lights and the numberplate meet the requirements but, when the boat is on it, they are all obscured, is that (a) legal and (b) more legal than having the board attached to the boat (load)?

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(a) no
(b) no

Same reason Halfords sell you a kighting board with no triangles to put on the back of the 6 bikes you have hung off your boot lid - the bikes obscure the legal stuff like lights & number plate.
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Old 08 November 2012, 04:24   #36
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Back to the OP & the dimensions.
Granted, this is my trailer / boat setup, but anyone with a long shaft engine isn't going to be too dissimilar.

I trimmed my engine right out so it was poking out as far as it would go (almost horizontal). Distance from the transom top to to the tip pf the skeg - 113cm.

Trimmed in to "tow" position (approx 45 degrees), distance from tip of skeg to bottom of transom on the horizontal - 96cm.

The way my trailer is set up, the chassis bars stop pretty much level with the bottom of the transom. So, I could legally fit lights to the end of them & my O/B leg doesn't break any overhang rules. BUT I still had to extend them for the lighting board because the leg / prop bag obscured the number plate.
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