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Old 07 June 2008, 23:28   #31
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So would my 8000lb winch be a little over the top
Depends. Are you running a guided missile cruiser?

Most of the winch selection vs boat weight can be found on the Fulton website (among others, most likely.) My point was that you are not lifting the boat out of the water when you are recovering onto a trailer. You should *never* need a winch with a rating that will lift the boat (though it also won't hurt anything other than your pocketbook to get one); if you do, there's something wrong that should be corrected first (or your procedures should be re-evaluated.)

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Depends. Are you running a guided missile cruiser?

Most of the winch selection vs boat weight can be found on the Fulton website (among others, most likely.) My point was that you are not lifting the boat out of the water when you are recovering onto a trailer. You should *never* need a winch with a rating that will lift the boat (though it also won't hurt anything other than your pocketbook to get one); if you do, there's something wrong that should be corrected first (or your procedures should be re-evaluated.)


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the ultimate single handed recovery kit?

A friend has one of these fitted to his caravan and they now have a marine version available.

http://www.powrlaunch.co.uk/

hmmmmm

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A friend has one of these fitted to his caravan and they now have a marine version available.

http://www.powrlaunch.co.uk/

hmmmmm

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I fitted one to a customers trailer and it is working just fine!
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being bily nomates I always launch and recover on my own, and my advice is it all gets a lot easier if you have a pair of fisherman's waders, Prior to getting a pair of these I used to define a bad day at he slipway as getting your nuts wet

take the rig down to the slipway when its quiet and work out how you are going to do it and practice it a few times.

when I am recovering big boats 25foot plus I leave a line attached to the trailer with a little norwegian (round) bouy ( boowee to you) floating near the end of the trailer. make sure the line is no longer than this, as the boat mounts the trailer the boowee gets pushed away by the wash and you can pick it up with a boathook and secure the line to the inside of the boat. This the lets you secure the boat properly on the trailer in a more relaxed manner. Well it works for me !

sugest you play the river by 'The Boss' on the way to the slipway
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Hi LL

I tried fitting a recovery hoop made of fibreglass tent poles with a rope attached - feasible, but probably not worth the hassle.

Here are a couple of more solutions. The first is a "new invention" that is not yet available commercially, but you could be made something similar pending its release - they are talking around $70 US for it. For retrieval, you would just need a fitting on the winch post to catch the loop.

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s2271796.htm

This is a cheaper version of the D ring catch. I saw some of the more expensive versons (ie $500) used on the weekend and it makes recovery a breeze if you can drive the boat fully on.

http://www.recoverezy.com.au/

I do like Rogue Waves idea - it might the easiest of all!

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Yup, I like RW's idea also. Will give it a try.
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This weekend, I helped a CA DFG friend launch his patrol RIB (Hurricane 733/twin Yammie 150's, in case you're interested.)

His boat and trailer were fitted with a self-latching recovery thingie. It consisted of a large hinged arch of stainless (I think) tubing that mounted onto the trailer frame rails (such that the arch would raise and lower) that was spring loaded to sit up at about a 30 degree angle (roughly). The bow catch on the boat was an open "C" shaped catch (opening facing upwards), with a spring loaded lever that closed on the opening of the C shape (like a gate clip, but with an extension so you could open it without having to stick your fingers in there.)

To recover, you drive the boat onto the trailer. As the loop on the trailer contacted the bow, it was forced to ride down the line of the prow, until it met with the "C" part. the loop forced the latch thing open, dropped into the hook of the "C", and the latch closed.

Didn't look that closely, but there must have been some sort of hold-open thing for launching.

Seemed pretty simple (if not all that secure - It would be enough to recover, but I wouldn't use it as a primary way of securing the boat to the trailer), and reasonably bullet-proof.

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