Originally Posted by Carlo
Just bought a new roller trailer for 6.5m RIB. First launch. Any tips for a novice?
eg. As it's a roller trailer with swinging rollers is it necessary to keep it attached to towing vehicle when launching to stop it tipping up when the boat is nearly off the trailer, or can the trailer be run down the slip on a piece of rope secured to the tow-ball if gradient shallow? Anyone got time to talk me through it?!!
If the trailer did not come from the boat builder then make sure the boat is balance on the trailer correctly ie. is the boat sitting far enough forward. The best way to prevent the trailer from not lifting is to allow the stern of the boat to float off the rear rollers, thus not making the front of the trailer lift.
Beware if using a rope do not rely on the handbrake as these can fail at times, therefore what I suggest is the following.
1. Reverse the trailer to the waters egde of the slip.
2. Put some wooden blocks behind the wheels of the trailer.
3. Attache a rope the the winch stem of the trailer.
4. attach the other end of the rope to the tow hitch on the car, both attachments should be made by bowline.
5. Lower the jockey wheel and unhitch trailer.
6. Take strain on rope by driving car up slip.
7. Remove chocks and lower trailer into water so the back of the boat floats off.
If the slipway is of a shallow gradient then you will have to submerse the wheels unfortunataly. If a steep gradient then you could probably get away with not submersing them. Remeber to wash the salt off the trailer wheels after lauching.
Word of caution. When rope attached to trailer ensure that no one is stood behind trailer as if not was to slip you could have a problem.
Hope this helps