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Old 12 May 2009, 16:31   #1
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Rib off trailor is this a first?

Was waiting patiently at Christchurch public slip for sea trial this evening, thanks to Pete7 for all your help, a boat moving co. that i don't think i should name was reversing a DR490 down the slip, being a total newbie I thought I would see how the professionals do it. All was going well the guy driving the iveco was reversing dead straight the no2 was in position at the helm then!! 10ft before the water the rib starts rolling of the trailor, a very nasty scrapping sound could be heard as the trailor continued to grind the hull, and for good measure the starboard tube was gashed. is it common practice not to have the rib secured until its at least at the water?
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Old 12 May 2009, 17:17   #2
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Very common occurrence happens nearly every other week in summer in North Wales. Many People don't have a safety line from the trailer to the D ring on the bow. You should have a short line just incase the which or winch strap fails this is not uncommon and this can be released as soon as the trailer is in the water as if the boat was to roll of the trailer then it would not be a problem.

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Old 12 May 2009, 17:59   #3
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doesn't sound very proffesional to me!!
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Oh dear sounds like a Loch Lomond experience I have seen all too often .. muppets
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Yeah, fairly common I suspect. I travelled to look at a second hand Redbay a couple of years back. I was not impressed to be show a rib with a chunk out of the back of the keel and two bent skegs. The guy had "no idea" what happened to it
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Not just on that side of the pond, either. Happens quite often with ski boats and opening day fishermen in the States.

FWIW, I always leave the winch strap connected, but slacked, even though I have bunks. The boat's never moved, but I know if it does, it won't go far. (The slack makes it a bit quicker when disconnecting. I usually launch solo, and try to do it faster than teams launching their boats.)

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FWIW, I always leave the winch strap connected, but slacked, even though I have bunks. The boat's never moved, but I know if it does, it won't go far. (The slack makes it a bit quicker when disconnecting. I usually launch solo, and try to do it faster than teams launching their boats.)
Spot on, we also have a line from the boat to the trailer that does not come off until the engine is running and there is another longer line as well. All of that paid off when a launching a RIB last week and the winch strap snapped part way down the slip.
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Many moons ago on a wet and soggy November Sunday morning Rogue Wave and I went to sea trial a Pacific 22 at Lymington. The seller was a bit late so we drove round to his house set in 5 acres of New Forest. Just outside his gates there was a traffic jam down a narrow country lane. Jumping out we saw a Pacific 22 neatly sat in the road with the trailer a few yards infront. He had forgotten to attach the rib to the trailer

The expression on the owners face when he saw me was priceless as he mumbled "I suppose you don't want it now do you". He and his mate (a certain James Warlock) had completely lost the plot and weren't sure how to sort it out. Meanwhile the whole village was in a queue trying to get to church. Stu jumped on the winch and I jacked up the front of the rib and we winched it back on. Damage to the rib consisted of a small scratch to the antifoul and a rather large hole in the tarmac for the council to fill. We subsequently bought the rib which became Old Spice.

Trailers and launching always good entertainment, providing its not your boat of course but just occasionally the opposite happens and it wont' come off at all:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=sennen


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Have seen exactly the same thing, at the same slip ( christchurch dorset ? ), with a similar boat. Slow reverseing car and the away goes the boat - left 10feet from the water - the look on the faces of the persons launching is hilarious ! My mooring is nearly opposite the slip so can now spend hours watching this sort of thing from the comfort of my own boat! great fun - just not for others .......

Wasnt the local Valiant dealer was it ?
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Wasnt the local Valiant dealer was it ?
The vailent is now on the river somewhere as they did not put it back on the trailor. At the end of the slip is a slight drop as our trailor dropped of the end of the slip the driver came running over and asked if we'd done the same.

Not sure if its the vailent dealer the name on the door was Boat Loads
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