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Old 27 July 2014, 00:48   #11
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I have a similar set-up though my car's a Ford with the powerful ztec engine. But I'm not sure your problem could be more financially simple by connecting a winch (electric)to an extended hitch plate. Then with a front trailer wheel you could run the cable from the car-hitch as much as fifty feet to the trailered boat and pull up to the top of the ramp. I tried this idea and it worked great.
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Old 27 July 2014, 03:18   #12
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Have you tried it with the bilge bung out?.
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Old 27 July 2014, 04:46   #13
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Try using a tow bar winch cheap on eBay, for reduced time on the slipway leave your boot open and unwind the cable to the desired length before you back onto the slipway, this will reduce the time on the slipway, make sure the winch hook has a protection clip so it wont undo when the came is slack. Then when the trailer at boat it near the top of the slipway drive off and hitch up correctly once clear. What slipway are you using?
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Old 27 July 2014, 08:24   #14
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That slipway is very steep especially on low tide but very wide. The car should be fine but with the extra weight and the slip gradient you are best to recover by having the car almost parallel to the waters edge with the trailer scewed into the water that way you slalom (zig zag) up the slip and don't end up burning rubber and burning your clutch out. I had to do that with my 2.0l A6 with my RC 585 which ways considerably more than 300kgs!!! Hope that helps.


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Old 31 July 2014, 16:07   #15
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Rusey, have a check of your clutch adjustment, it may not be fully engaging and causing it to slip a little. The 1.6 should be able to pull your lot up the slip no problem
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Old 07 August 2014, 01:35   #16
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Isn't that engine about 100bhp? Should have no problem pulling 300kg up a slip assuming the boat is not full of water too.

I'm pretty sure diesels are better for this, due to having much more torque at lower rpm. A friend of mine used to launch and recover an 8m dive RIB with a Peugeot 306 estate, a whopping 90bhp (albeit turbo diesel), power was never a problem although depending on his choice of slip, traction sometimes was.
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