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Old 02 February 2004, 07:00   #21
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Oh yes I forgot, to overcome corrosion problems with Defender Ekits we found the the best solution was to pack them with water pump grease but leave the small drain at the bottom open. The trouble with potting compounds was that the socket is still open to the front so overtime they still rot. Incidentally the Defenders ekits we were testing were 350 -400mm underwater, hopefully you are not going so deep
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Old 02 February 2004, 07:04   #22
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Did I read your last post correctly that you tow a paciffic with a passatt?
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Old 02 February 2004, 07:12   #23
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What about getting a drawbar extension made up - e.g. a piece of steel box section say 15-20f long with a tow hitch at one end and a tow ball at t'other. You could keep it under the trailer/alongside the boat. When you get to the slip unhitch trailer, rig extension and you can still push trailer back down a slip and its all probably a bit safer than mucking around with bits of rope?
Now, think about that again. 2 rotatable joints. What will happen when they are not in perfect alignment?
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Old 02 February 2004, 08:05   #24
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I've an old LR 88" for the Pac22. I tow a dingy / box trailer behind the passat.
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Old 02 February 2004, 11:00   #25
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Now, think about that again. 2 rotatable joints. What will happen when they are not in perfect alignment?
OK, OK, so maybe I'm not an engineer then. Think my point is still valid though. Some kind of rigid extension to the trailer that can be rigged / derigged as neccessary could be a solution to the problem. Got to be better than a piece of rope I've thought. Especially as you then have the ability to reverse the rig using the car down the slipway.
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Old 02 February 2004, 11:13   #26
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We use a rigid bar sometimes, if it's very wobbly then we get someone to walk down and push against the bow of the boat. They come int their own when you are recovering. but be careful if you drive on to the trailer
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Old 02 February 2004, 14:00   #27
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Yes the nose of the trailer is slightly heavy and the reason for this is that I launch regularly using ECA's winch .. and if the bow is any lighter when the trailer if pushed down the slip the jockey leaves the floor and the stern lowers like a seesaw. I normally balance the weight while towing by moving the deck tanks. prior to launch I move them back forward. I will check the nose weight next time I take her out.

I have had some good suggestions, thanks for those.
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Old 02 February 2004, 16:31   #28
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Hi Andy,

I did not realise you were member of the ECA. Do you want to get together for a beer sometime? If so give me a ring on 07761 864043. Ribald is also a member now.

Cheers Kev.
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Old 02 February 2004, 17:15   #29
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Old 02 February 2004, 17:27   #30
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Have a look at wavelength`s web sit it might give you another option to launch & recovery , but like he say`s it dosnt work every where
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