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Old 21 May 2008, 13:10   #21
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ROPE A BOAT !!

thats the one i saw at SIB last year

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Old 21 May 2008, 15:42   #22
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Add some docking arms

I have some docing arms on my trailer, it makes it much easier.

Use some scaffolding pipe and fittings.

I may have a picture I will have a look.

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Old 22 May 2008, 11:24   #23
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Guide posts are great if your boat tends to skew on the trailer. Also great in crosswinds/crosscurrents (though I've found currents often overwhelm the somewhat wimpy guideposts that are commercially available. Gotta be careful about that.)

They won't, however, help with the original problem of how to secure the boat to the trailer without getting wet.

That said, I have seen one guy who often solo recovers; he's got a ladder attached to the trailer tongue that allows him to climb off the bow and take care of the winch strap to bow eye connection. I believe he motors on, drives the boat up to nearly loaded, leaves the boat in forward idle, climbs off and secures the strap, then climbs aboard and shuts everything down. Having some sort of platform on the tongue makes it less likely that you'll lose your balance and lie down in the water next to the trailer (much to the amusement of people watching.)

Me, I'm usually in my drysuit when recovering, so I just wade in and drag the boat onto the trailer.


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On mine it is the bow that tends to skew so I hope the guide roller are going to fix that. My trailer touge is rather short so no room for the ladder, but I think I can attach one to the truck tow hitch or bumper.
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always used to follow similar system as cookee with old boat! But new one has d ring on bow under winch post so i cant release it without getting off boat!! Im not keen on getting my feet wet!! I did also once read somewhere that majority of winches are not designed to haul boats on trailers! usually indicated by their significantly inferior load stamped on them in comparison to the wight of ur dingy!!

Go down lymington slip though and you will see plent of idiots winching onto a bunk trailer all red faced and flustered!!!
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I did also once read somewhere that majority of winches are not designed to haul boats on trailers! usually indicated by their significantly inferior load stamped on them in comparison to the wight of ur dingy!!
Well, to be fair, when you're winching your boat onto a trailer, you're not lifting it, but dragging it across the bunks/rollers.

A 2000lb boat should do quite nicely with about a 1000lb winch load rating.

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Well, to be fair, when you're winching your boat onto a trailer, you're not lifting it, but dragging it across the bunks/rollers.

A 2000lb boat should do quite nicely with about a 1000lb winch load rating.

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Yes, in the theory. However, it assumes alot. Angle of pull is parallel, rollers run free, bunks are adjusted properly and not binding, winch is in perfect condition, etc, etc, it only takes one little problem to magnify the load a huge amount and you can get seriously hurt and cause damge to boat.
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Yes, in the theory. However, it assumes alot. Angle of pull is parallel, rollers run free, bunks are adjusted properly and not binding, winch is in perfect condition, etc, etc, it only takes one little problem to magnify the load a huge amount and you can get seriously hurt and cause damge to boat.
exactly!! how much the boat ways dry is considerabbly less than real world with fuel, people, clothes, water, junk etc etc aswell!!

I did once assist someone at lymington (the slip that attracts the bigggest laughs) i couldnt watch anymore as he was winching onto bunks, but with not enough water so was effectively lifting the boat 6" ASWELL as pulling! he may as well been tring to pull it through a brick wall!!

My step dad is a crane driver! its amazing what he cannot lift in different locations. rated at 29t/m at 1m will lift 29 tonne at 12m full stick it will only lift 5 tonne sometimes! but other times only a couple of meters he gets stuck and cant move a sausage cause of inclines, angles, loads, trousers hes wearing etc etc!! The in built sensors lock it up on overload and its amazing how frequently it occurs

I would seriously reccomend ya do not fully rely on a winch to haul some decent load and as sensible as it sounds a back up fasten to trailer is advisable as a broken catch once nearly cost me hugely!
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Well, to be fair, when you're winching your boat onto a trailer, you're not lifting it, but dragging it across the bunks/rollers.

A 2000lb boat should do quite nicely with about a 1000lb winch load rating.

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So would my 8000lb winch be a little over the top
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So would my 8000lb winch be a little over the top
better to be safe than sorry!!! oh no thats durex
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