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Old 09 June 2008, 10:22   #11
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[QUOTE=Polwart;251729] Paul - until a year ago I was in a similar situation to you and frequently considered fitting some sort of winch. I solved the problem by moving house!/QUOTE]

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Thanks for the suggestion - we only moved last October. I'm sure the wife would be pleased to up sticks again ;-)
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Old 09 June 2008, 10:26   #12
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Can you use the trailer winch to pull the outfit up the drive?. As it's 30m, you'll need to have a few shots at it, but it may be an easy and cheap solution.
Remember to secure the bow eye of your boat to the trailer winch post (should already be done anyway).
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I thought about doing it this way but concluded it would be too slow. Winch moves aprox 150mm per Revolusion & as you say it would take a few shots to get to the top of the drive.

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Old 09 June 2008, 10:43   #13
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Take the neighbours out for a day on the water and get them to help you manhandle the boat back into the garage. Next time you go out, ask if they'd move the car for a few minutes whilst you reverse up the drive!
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How about if you sunk an eye into the ground at top and bottom of driveway attach a single snatch block to each eye. Run rope from trailer to upper block back under trailer to lower block and then to car tow bar.use car to pull it up. When done just unhook blocks and store the kit ready for next time or for lowering back down driveway.
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Nos4r2,

That is an interesting idea - fitting a front tow hitch - not one that I have considered. Unfortunately I have a Vauxhall Zafira so I don't think that it would be an option at present.

Thanks anyway.
HI Paul,

try watling engineering, they say they can supply a front tow bar for any type of car

http://www.watling-towbars.co.uk/front_towbars.html

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My Father has a very steep drive and a caravan. I installed a heavy duty boat winch coupled to a towbar hook that was connected to the hitch in the usuall manner and then winched up as per normal, the boat winch has the added advantage of the ratchet and low gear ratio
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Take the neighbours out for a day on the water and get them to help you manhandle the boat back into the garage. Next time you go out, ask if they'd move the car for a few minutes whilst you reverse up the drive!
Tim,

The neighbours are very obliging & are willing to move cars to improve the access were possible but as they have 3 cars on the drive most of the time I feel like a right pain in the backside for asking I am hoping to find a solution that is quick, safe, minimizes disruption, cheap(ish), suitable for (mostly) single handed operation & most of all, with the all of the above solved, ensures that I enjoy my days out boating.

Surely there must be others out there who have encountered & solved similar scenarios

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My Father has a very steep drive and a caravan. I installed a heavy duty boat winch coupled to a towbar hook that was connected to the hitch in the usuall manner and then winched up as per normal, the boat winch has the added advantage of the ratchet and low gear ratio
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Yes this would work but it would be a long way to winch (30M). How long was your Dads drive? You are right though, the ratchet has a good safety advantage.

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Yes this would work but it would be a long way to winch (30M). How long was your Dads drive? You are right though, the ratchet has a good safety advantage.

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Hey, point taken! Hmm, still it's a long way for a block and tackel too. You'll be tieing yourself in knots
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Hey, point taken! Hmm, still it's a long way for a block and tackel too. You'll be tieing yourself in knots
Hightower,


Totally agree... This problem is doing my head in!!! If only I could find one simple solution! It seems that everything (winching, pulling, pushing etc) has its pro's & con's & I'm struggling to see a clear direction to go in.
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