Originally Posted by HUMBER P4VWL
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...!
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?!!!