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Old 25 October 2011, 07:23   #1
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I have the above for my Ribcraft 585 and it's a ba.....to recover. It has two H rockers with two rollers at each point. I lowered the Bach nest two holes it helps a little but when it gets to the front they just turn up
So the rib has to climb again. Anyone else have problems?
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Old 25 October 2011, 13:19   #2
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the set up should make life easier, rather than harder

to be fair, if launching and recovering were easier we'd all be out on the water more often!

do you mean the roller cradle inverts? i.e. there's too much weight, from the rollers, on the top and it swings round, so it's upside down? (Owners/users of Warrior boats will be aware of this problem!)

the rear rollers should usually be a little lower (this is a broad generalisation - all hulls vary!) than the front rollers. This means the boat will roll off when launching, utilising gravity and then winch on in a fairly straight manner, utilising brawn, but not 'over' the rear rollers - there shouldn't be much effort involved in the first instance of drawing the boat on to the trailer.
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Old 25 October 2011, 17:28   #3
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HI TG tx for comments and in principle I agree but not this baby!! Launching is not problem slips of with little muscle. But recovery is still a pita. The front H does not flip it just goes to a steep angle thereby the front of the rib has to climb up the angle again it does take some effort. I was wondering if I should weld the front ones to the natural angle the are at rest thereby the rib would come along the centre roller and snuggle into a preset angle of the front 'H'. Any thoughts?

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Old 25 October 2011, 17:33   #4
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trouble is, welding it would negate any benefit you see from having a front swing cradle. Why not try:

1. Some additional weight on the bottom of the swing beam to hold it in position? Something like a sacrificial annode? Or some additional steel welded / bolted on?

2. Some shock cord / bungy (spelling?!) cord. Tie a couple of lenghts from the bottom of the cradle to a fixed point in the opposite direction to the cradle tilt - something like the axle. Bit Heath Robinson, but it might do as a quick and cheap remedy?
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Hi DHD I am afraid not and I am now home some 130 miles away from the bugger! Everyone comments on how difficult my setup is, My mates can put there 6.1 Humbers on there Bambers single handed and two of us are struggling to get mine on. Takes away some of the enjoyment to say the least!!

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Old 25 October 2011, 18:50   #7
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Hmmm, something sounds wrong, which is difficult to diagnose without seeing it.

Am I right in reading that you have keel rollers and the boat rides off the keel roller onto the front bunk of rollers? If so, then the front roller bunk is too high.
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Hmmm, something sounds wrong, which is difficult to diagnose without seeing it.

Am I right in reading that you have keel rollers and the boat rides off the keel roller onto the front bunk of rollers? If so, then the front roller bunk is too high.
Hi Dai yes the boat is of the bow keel roller.
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Ah, then I'd suggest you adjust the front roller cradle downwards so that it supports the hull, along with the keel roller.
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Ah, then I'd suggest you adjust the front roller cradle downwards so that it supports the hull, along with the keel roller.
Cheers Dai will do in the spring when the rib goes back in the water.

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