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Old 20 July 2019, 05:07   #1
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Solo Launching

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If I am by myself, while launching, and there is nowhere to tie the rib up afterwards, any tips for stopping it floating off while I park the car and trailer?
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Old 20 July 2019, 05:23   #2
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can you not use the anchor
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Old 20 July 2019, 06:04   #3
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with the rib i always put two anchors out one on shore one to stern stops the stern coming ashore then i just stowed the shore anchor on the boat got aboard started up pulled the stern anchor in get me in deeper water stowed it in gear & steamed off
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Cheers for replies.
Whats the smallest size anchor I could get away with on the stern ?
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i just used a 2kg bruce with a decent length of chain worked ok on a 6m rib
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Rope is available in infinite lengths.
Just get enough to be able to hold onto the end whilst you go & park.
After all, cables were laid from the UK to America & other parts of the Empire long before that Marconi fellow thought up all this wireless nonsense!
You may find the bobbin size a problem....
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Rope is available in infinite lengths.
Just get enough to be able to hold onto the end whilst you go & park.
After all, cables were laid from the UK to America & other parts of the Empire long before that Marconi fellow thought up all this wireless nonsense!
You may find the bobbin size a problem....
Limitation in a Lee shore!
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Also depend on type of launching point - if off slip with no beach adjacent can be very hard to secure boat. I've had to motor to nearby pier / sea wall & walk back to recover car before - not ideal.

If going solo i'd choose a secure site with a pontoon adjacent. Might limit my options, but be more manageable
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Also depend on type of launching point - if off slip with no beach adjacent can be very hard to secure boat. I've had to motor to nearby pier / sea wall & walk back to recover car before - not ideal.

If going solo i'd choose a secure site with a pontoon adjacent. Might limit my options, but be more manageable
I agree with Lakelandterrier, I would not trust it to anchors that close to a slip. Around the solent, I have launched solo at Camber Dock, Buckler's Hard and Warsash with no problems. Camber is the easiest.
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personally i use an old avery coal weight. onto this i have a 2m length of rope, then a small buoy and carbine hook.
launch the boat and wade out with the boat and weight, then leave the weight clipped to one of the lifelines around half way down the boat - this limits how close the boat can drift to shore.
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personally i use an old avery coal weight. onto this i have a 2m length of rope, then a small buoy and carbine hook.
launch the boat and wade out with the boat and weight, then leave the weight clipped to one of the lifelines around half way down the boat - this limits how close the boat can drift to shore.


What’s a coal weight?
How is this better than using an anchor (which you’ll have on board anyway)?
Is there an advantage to using the lifelines for this?
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its a heavy cast iron weight once used for weighing sacks of coal. an anchor needs to dig in and relies on a horizontal pull. the compact dimensions and dead weight mean that you only need a very short rope which can be almost vertical and still work, bearing in mind that this is for the purposes of launching only, but does a fantastic job of keep the boat where you left it!
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Old 02 August 2019, 13:00   #13
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You want one of these boy. I use one filled with beach shingle or even sand. You can fill it as much as you like to get the weight you need

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Jetski-PW...53.m2749.l2649
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