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Old 27 May 2009, 09:36   #21
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I take a horse out in my boat. He's a great help on muddy ramps, but still gets a little upset when it's rough. Not to mention my cat...
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Old 27 May 2009, 10:11   #23
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LOL... Love that show! My wife bought me 2 seasons on DVD so I'm never without! It's great for napping in front of on a rainy afternoon!
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Old 24 August 2009, 03:52   #24
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One trick i used when recovering after finding the slip was busy was to put the car at the top of the slip where it is usually dryer and flatter, most seem to level off. Tie a rope from the tow bar to the trailer, put the jockey wheel down, then pull it out.
This might be an extremely stupid question, but how do the logistics of this work...

a) I reverse my trailer down the slip and wince the boat on
b) I unhook the trailer from car, and drive car up the slipery slip to a not quite as slipery spot (presuming the car can still get up, since it's not towing anything)
c) I attach a long strong rope between car and trailer
d) I drive car away, trailer and boat and all

I forsee, at point b), the trailer (and boat) simply carry on rolling down the slip and out to sea never to be seen again... as it no longer is attached to anything...

I can't attached a tight rope at this stage to hold it up, as I need to get the car up the slip before it starts towing the trailer...!

Perhaps:
a) I park trailer at top of slip
b) Attach rope to trailer and hold onto it as a I let it roll down slip towards boat
c) When trailer is at right place at bottom of slip, I tie off rope onto car
d) etc etc

But I don't really see 'hand guiding' a trailer down a slip being overlly sucessful...

I'm interested as this weekend, at very very low tide, I had much fun wheelspinning up my local boat ramp... Got up, but I won't have mire rubber left soon...

The bottom of the boat ramp at low tide was, understandably covered in sand, which I wheelspan through - it wasn't until the sand was spun away I got 'some' grib and made slow progress...

So I went out and purchased a small shovel to scrape away the sand before I drive onto it next time... but then, sand I probably more grippy than slime covered concrete...

Perhaps I should just stick to high tide?!!!
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Your second option (leave the car on sound surface at the top) is the better plan. In terms of getting trailer down to the water - you can get more control by "belaying" it round the tow hook and letting out rope (that way you don't need to stand on slime trying to stop a trailer). If the trailer is particularly big / heavy then you might consider using something like an italian hitch on a karibener to better control the descent.

Oh - I am guessing you don't have breaks on the trailer in which case chocks might be helpful.
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Your second option (leave the car on sound surface at the top) is the better plan. In terms of getting trailer down to the water - you can get more control by "belaying" it round the tow hook and letting out rope (that way you don't need to stand on slime trying to stop a trailer). If the trailer is particularly big / heavy then you might consider using something like an italian hitch on a karibener to better control the descent.
Is it a cliff or a slip negotiating here?
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Is it a cliff or a slip negotiating here?
Have you tried stopping 100+ kg of trailer on a steep slip covered in slime? What happens is your feet slide and if you are lucky stop after a foot or so. If you are unlucky you loose your balance and at the least hurt your dignity. Simpler and safer to stay on the good ground at the top and lower it on a rope. If the trailer is too heavy/slip too steep for him to be comfortable doing that without the risk that the rope runs free giving him burns and the trailer running out of control - I am proposing a controlled way of lowering it.

I'm talking about the sort of slime covered slip thats hard to walk over because its so slippy.

Of course he could do what everyone else here does and just go and buy a big 4x4...
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Have you tried stopping 100+ kg of trailer on a steep slip covered in slime? What happens is your feet slide and if you are lucky stop after a foot or so. If you are unlucky you loose your balance and at the least hurt your dignity. Simpler and safer to stay on the good ground at the top and lower it on a rope. If the trailer is too heavy/slip too steep for him to be comfortable doing that without the risk that the rope runs free giving him burns and the trailer running out of control - I am proposing a controlled way of lowering it.

I'm talking about the sort of slime covered slip thats hard to walk over because its so slippy.

Of course he could do what everyone else here does and just go and buy a big 4x4...
I totally agree, it can be a nightmare and dangerous.
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Of course he could do what everyone else here does and just go and buy a big 4x4...
Ha, I'm broke - I've just bought a boat!
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