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Old 18 May 2008, 08:45   #11
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Having a couple of upright poles fixed each side to the trailor can help, we use them all the time and it makes single handed launch recovery much more controled especally if tide or wind is blowing you side ways,put the trailor in the water a bit deeper then just drive the boat between the posts , mine are made from old aluminium scaffolding poles and using scafolding clips i can remove them for road use .RNLI lifeboats use the same idea for there atlantic 7.5 and 8.5 ribs though there poles can extend about 4meters or more up for landing or launching in surf .
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Old 18 May 2008, 09:56   #12
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I have fitted extra guide rollers at both bow and stern and will probably fit removable poles. I will do a dry fit up with a section of ladder for the bow and see how it works. Great bunch of tips. Thanks
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Old 18 May 2008, 23:27   #13
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here are a couple of pics. of the guide rollers. They are really HD with 1cm thick powder coated steel.
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I launch our boats single handed more often than not - we use the Salcombe slipway which is just the right slope for this sort of thing.

Launching -

Reverse down the slip until the rear wheels of the car are just short of the water, board boat via the front of the trailer (our boats are low enough to do this), start engine, undo winch and reverse off.

Retrieving -

Park car in exactly the same place - run around to the new pontoon where you left your boat and drive the boat onto the trailer - leave in gear whilst attaching the winch on the roller trailer. Turn engine off and tilt engine, jump off onto dry concrete and drive away in less than half the time of a team of big burly divers who have expired from winching their dive boat on wearing thick dry suits!
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Like it very slick





but when i last tried this banged the prop on the bottom as trailer not deep enough !!

also each time i went the the front the boat slipped back again

eventually got the painter over the winch

now though dead easy have a mitsibushi delica with rear ladder easy to loop line round and then climb over bow and down ladder clip on strap winch in and tie off painter around the post, then drive up slip


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Like it very slick





but when i last tried this banged the prop on the bottom as trailer not deep enough !!

also each time i went the the front the boat slipped back again

eventually got the painter over the winch

now though dead easy have a mitsibushi delica with rear ladder easy to loop line round and then climb over bow and down ladder clip on strap winch in and tie off painter around the post, then drive up slip


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Thanks Andy
That is my plan also; together with more practice from the driver. I also have not been getting the trailer in deep enough, but when I do the bow drifts off to one side hence the guide rollers. They only cost 200 bucks so worth a try. I have been used to a 26ft yacht that still has steerage at 1 knot. Big difference on a RIB.
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Like it very slick





but when i last tried this banged the prop on the bottom as trailer not deep enough !!

also each time i went the the front the boat slipped back again

eventually got the painter over the winch

now though dead easy have a mitsibushi delica with rear ladder easy to loop line round and then climb over bow and down ladder clip on strap winch in and tie off painter around the post, then drive up slip


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Andy, You need a slip with the right angle and a trailer that isn't going to tip your bow up a ding the prop, but I've never had that happen - we launched and recovered the boat at the Hamble point Marina for the Sports Boat and Rib show this way without any problems.

I leave the boat in gear so it can't slide back into the water - not sure if it's correct, but where is the boat going to go?
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Retrieving -

Park car in exactly the same place - run around to the new pontoon where you left your boat and drive the boat onto the trailer - leave in gear whilst attaching the winch on the roller trailer. Turn engine off and tilt engine, jump off onto dry concrete and drive away in less than half the time of a team of big burly divers who have expired from winching their dive boat on wearing thick dry suits!
That's pretty much how I do mine and to the uninitiated, if you get it right (not always!) they can be very impressed at how slick it all is

There was a time when I really wanted a roller trailer but now I have got all the beaches sussed to be able to launch and retrieve "somewhere" at any state of the tide, I wouldn't swap this one for anything as it is so so easy to do the job single handed. All I really need is a step on the front of the trailer so I can climb up and down a bit easier, but that isn't hard to sort out.
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Old 20 May 2008, 16:35   #19
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Andy, You need a slip with the right angle and a trailer that isn't going to tip your bow up a ding the prop, but I've never had that happen - we launched and recovered the boat at the Hamble point Marina for the Sports Boat and Rib show this way without any problems.

I leave the boat in gear so it can't slide back into the water - not sure if it's correct, but where is the boat going to go?

I know but I am limited to launching slips up here there's only Pwheilli marine that i can really use at all states of tide other than that its a beach launch which is easy really as long as you dont mind dipping the stumpy bits below the knee in ! and a good long bit of rope for the pull out at low tide

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Couple of options:

http://www.rope-a-boat.com/

http://www.boatlatch.com/

http://www.kodiaktrailer.com/content/view/14/31/

Hope one of them works for you (Careful; the 2nd one is like $500 Aussie...)

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