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Old 16 December 2015, 20:52   #11
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the biggest risk you have is digging in, 4x4 has that same risk but ofcourse easier to get out of it potentially.

to beach launch an sr4 i don't think would be a big deal with a car (depending on the beach ofcourse!), just change the jockey wheel to a big inflatable type and tie a rope to the towball whilst leaving the car somewhere away from soft sand, push the boat in would work 99% of the time i'm sure.

check this out for beach launch minus car, looks like maybe a 5.2m boat i guess at a quick glance-

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Old 17 December 2015, 01:21   #12
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Thanks for info but i prefer to launch at Newbiggin which is a soft sand beach and ive never seen a car on there. I have seen a few soft 4x4 on there though so will probably go down that road in the future.
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I have no experience with that setup but I'm firmly of the opinion if you want to put a sib on a trailer then you are better selling it and get a RIB. I can't for life if me figure out why have the convienience of a sib and then instantly give it the drawback of a RIB......just buy the RIB!
There was a lengthy thread about the issue dubrus talks about fairly recently. Steve it would be worth having a search, there are different views.

In simple terms most people with 5m ribs prefer to launch from rollers. Sibs really need bunks. Searider suggests a nice approach, but a 4m sea rider would be fine launching from a bunker trailer too unless the beach is very shallow (when getting it deep enough is a pita).
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I'm going to disagree with the masses regarding the trailer and a SIB. My first two boats were a 12.5 foot and a 14'. I started out rolling up the small boat for the first year or so, but that was a pain. I ended up sticking it on a small bunk trailer which I continued to use with the 14' boat. That was a Mk II Futura with a 40HP on it, which was a bit of a lump to hump.

We mostly used the boats at our place in Tobermory (Canada) where the ramp was literally about 100 yards from the house.
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Yes, Searider has the best solution for me, get a roller trailer and make some bunks for the sib.
Poly, I have read that thread about trailering a sib and had already decided that I am going to get one and see how I get on with it. Cheers.
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I can see the sense in buying an oversized trailer now to allow upgrade of the boat later without changing the trailer
But don't get the suggestions that you buy a new roller trailer and convert to bunks now
Why not buy a bunked trailer now and either use it as a bunk trailer later or upgrade it
I don't like roller trailers anyway but people forget that the bunk trailer is usually a lump cheaper it is lighter & has a higher payload than a similar roller trailer and there's less to go wrong
Even on a bunk trailer I'd be surprised if you couldn't launch an sr4 singlehandedly
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Why not buy a bunked trailer now and either use it as a bunk trailer later or upgrade it
I don't like roller trailers anyway but people forget that the bunk trailer is usually a lump cheaper it is lighter & has a higher payload than a similar roller trailer and there's less to go wrong
Even on a bunk trailer I'd be surprised if you couldn't launch an sr4 singlehandedly
Reason being, a roller trailer can be converted to bunks quit easily but a bunk trailer is not going to have "swing beams" so there's no easy option of going the other way.
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I can see the sense in buying an oversized trailer now to allow upgrade of the boat later without changing the trailer
But don't get the suggestions that you buy a new roller trailer and convert to bunks now
I don't think thats what Searider was suggesting. I think he was suggesting its possible to ADD (not convert) easily removable bunks to a roller trailer so it has both options for different loads.

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Even on a bunk trailer I'd be surprised if you couldn't launch an sr4 singlehandedly
At this size its only about 50 difference, and there's not much (any?) difference in plated weight. I completely agree you should be able to singlehanded launch a SR4 - although I think the OP is considering beach launching without a car, which I think will be tricky.

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Reason being, a roller trailer can be converted to bunks quit easily but a bunk trailer is not going to have "swing beams" so there's no easy option of going the other way.
You can convert both ways (you can buy the swing beams etc), but if you want to add bits to have a 2in1 trailer its much easier to work out where to usefully put bunks than to squeeze rollers into the space bunks happen to leave you.
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At this size its only about 50 difference, and there's not much (any?) difference in plated weight. I completely agree you should be able to singlehanded launch a SR4 - although I think the OP is considering beach launching without a car, which I think will be tricky.


Single handed launching on sand would be a challenge with anything but the smallest boat, the trailer type isn't realy going to change that

I wasn't aware the cost difference was so small at this size so probably not an issue and no doubt it would be more expensive to convert to rollers than to bunks

Wrt the plated weight it will be the same gross weight but the payload capacity will be reduced slightly on the roller trailer due to the extra weight of the roller carousels etc
I'm not sure how much at this size but it was over a couple of hundred kgs on a 3500kg trailer
Worth considering if the weight is getting anywhere near a cars unbraked tow capacity
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I've no plans to beach launch using the trailer until I can get a 4x4. Trying to convince the other half she needs a 4x4 instead of her Nissan note but she is having none of it. I've a company car with no option for 4x4. So slipways for now. The slipway may be the best option long term for me anyway.
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