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Old 12 May 2009, 18:13   #11
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LUCKY i have now have the use of a tractor for launching and we even have to rope that at weedy times on our slip but with the concept of modern front wheel drive cars that are crap on a slipway i know a few that have welded a tow ball on the removeble screw in towing eye which is ok for light boats that way they can drive down then reverse up ,in all the years i launched boats with my old rear wheel drive ford cortina i never once got it stuck ,
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Old 12 May 2009, 19:00   #12
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Paul exactly what have you fitted it to if you say you pull your rib?
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No problem mate. I'm thinking of getting one myself.
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Thanks again everyone for the feedback.

I must be well inside the towing weight limit, so I think it comes down to experience and practice, and most importantly of all preparation (eg I need to add a decent length tow rope to my kit).

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Old 16 May 2009, 10:40   #16
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just a reminder if using a rope between trailor and car dont use nylon rope as it stretches , obviously the longer the rope the more prone to it but if the trailer gets stopped by something ie a boulder or goes over a sill or a wheel down a hole with the tension it could whip back or the whole lot come back with a jump into the back of the towing car ,or snap and lash back .....i know from past experience so beware .
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My method of launch and or recovery is as described but using a 3m long 2tonne lifting strop. Excellent for putting in the water (no wet car wheels), and pulling out as described. My issues are too sandy a slip, and this method allows that extra distance to overcome the sand. One word of caution when pulling in this arrangement, watch for two things. (1) when travelling forward the tension does not come off the strop and potentially off the towbar - it can only slide one way down. (2) If you overcome sand/wet slip by quickly going forward, don't go too fast as the trailer may catch up with the car. At 3m lenght minus wrapping around trailer and toe bar this has always (up to now!) worked ok.
Front tow bar looks great though
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Old 21 May 2009, 18:01   #18
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My car isn't great - the turbo kicks in at 2k revs. Lots of slipping of the clutch required. As long as you have a good solid clean slip you'll be fine. I recovered a Ribtec 585 with a Punto once on the Camber slip in Portsmouth.
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I recovered a Ribtec 585 with a Punto once on the Camber slip in Portsmouth.
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My old boaty mate recovered his 21ft Searay with a 5.7ltr V8 with a Peugeot 205 1.9 Turbo Technics. He reckoned a pair of tires were cheaper than a new clutch. You can imagine how it went.
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