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Old 07 December 2004, 15:52   #21
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Hi DGR, this may be a possible solution, my boat goes on and off like silk with the numerous pneumatic tyres. The picture of the trailer on it's own is when I took delivery and before each roller was set to the shape of the boat, I need these as I have a stepped hull, but would be great for you.

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http://www.ribworld.com/forum/showth...hlight=trailer

Good luck with your solution
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Old 07 December 2004, 16:09   #22
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Have you considered bring trailer and boat back to your supplier and getting them to sort it?

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Old 07 December 2004, 17:43   #23
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Hi Nock, you are more than welcome to come down either with or without your boat. I was up to my nuts (mine not the trailers) this Sunday pulling a boat out on the Slipway.

just to kep matters straight I wasn't actually taking the pss when i mentioned you and i do believe you do it that way it's just that I cant and I don't think it's possible with my boat/trailer combinations on that Sipway. If memory serves me well (which isn't it's normal performance!) our discussion was based on a statement made by you that anybody should be able to do it on any slipway or something like that anyway!

Believe me I would like nothing more than never to buy another set of trailer bearings!
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Old 07 December 2004, 18:13   #24
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Believe me I would like nothing more than never to buy another set of trailer bearings!
MeToo, Where do we sign up for the course.

At hayling I have the trailer wheels completly submerged, back sets of rollers under the water, car back wheels at the waterline, yet still put all my weight behind the winch to drag it out of the water.

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Old 07 December 2004, 18:57   #25
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..not taking the piss...well not too much...have you thought of a better winch?
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Old 07 December 2004, 18:58   #26
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I believe that you need to speak to Dave Mallett... see the link I posted earlier
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Old 08 December 2004, 04:06   #27
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Richard some questions, are you then recommending this method as a suitable alternative to getting the wheel drums wet?

is it something you regularly do with Blue Ice?

Could you pop down and demonstrate it for us with blue ice? I would like to see 1.5 tonnes of Scorpion resting on the back couple of feet of the trailer bow facing skywards, I could bring my camera.

The reason Dave and lots of others use that method at Knotts End is in addition to not getting the wheels wet launching small boats, the slipway is very shallow and narrow with a bend half way down, often under water and a very strong cross current which makes life interesting if you try to launch down the slip in the normal manner.

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Doesn't anyone drive their boat on and off the trailer? - Havn't winched a boat onto a trailer with a healthy engine for a very long time!
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Old 08 December 2004, 04:30   #29
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I drive mine on and off...but I'm in park'n launch and they do like to submerge the trailer right up to it's hitch To save bearings I prefer the more subtle "winch" approach with the trailer further out of the water. Tried it once under power and gave it a gentle nudge forward with the motor...Mmmm 250 gee gees ain't that gentle and I nearly mounted the tractor from behind...Ooo err missus....
I do prefer the "manual" method when feasible and Iím feeling robust, but as a naturally idle fecka can't generally resist the ease of drive on, so I'll live with the cost of changing the (incredibly expensive) bearings. We also remove the brakes at the beginning of the season to save them and grease up the drums.
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Doesn't anyone drive their boat on and off the trailer? -
Sure do drive it on the trailer when I can.

Have recovered once at Exmouth when there was no water on the slip.

For those that don't know the mamhead slip at exmouth comes to an end and vertical drop. Had to put the trailer wheels right on the blocks at the end of the slip then nudge the boat upto the rear most rollers, which were above water level then drive it up much like the Dave manning method described above. Very scarey the first time I did it and certainly would not want to try with the tide ripping.
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