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Old 13 September 2013, 16:00   #21
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You've probably been over this but……

Any chance you can launch the boat by hand/on the tide.

Then retrieve the empty trailer and pick the boat up at a slip/easier beach?

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Old 20 September 2013, 10:33   #22
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Oh, ye of little faith (including me!)....

Low ratio, first gear, diff-lock engaged, car tyres at normal pressure*, trailer tyres almost flat, outboard off.

The traction control didn't even flicker, unlike my heart as I headed back!

Not sure I'd want to try it with a heavier boat.

* local advice was that is not usually necessary to lower the pressures but that its the trailer that'll get you - the trailer certainly made the deepest ruts!




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Well done - time to knock up a set of tracks for the trailer then
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Well done - time to knock up a set of tracks for the trailer then
Did that ages ago for launching it... (Here)

It might be crap, but it worked.

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Oh, ye of little faith (including me!).
Now .. I and plenty others didnt say it couldnt be done .. we had faith in ye
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Well done did you have any help
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Well done that Man!....although I was thinking you were talking REAL Shingle.. i.e of Chesil Beach Variety....
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Well done did you have any help
Not really. I unhitched the trailer, did a three-point turn in the car, put the boat on and re-hitched it.

On the way back I got my old man to walk alongside the car ready to shout if there was a problem, but to be honest I think it would have dug in too quickly for that to be any use.
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Well done that Man!....although I was thinking you were talking REAL Shingle.. i.e of Chesil Beach Variety....
Its pretty horrible small stuff - about 15 ft deep and a quarter of a mile journey in each direction. 'Orrible enough!
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