Originally Posted by Boats&Outboards
To be honest its not been that much hassle. The truck i had already as it forms an integral part of my workshop over here. We use it for collecting steel stock from suppliers then delivering to customers projects which we have fabricated. When its not doing that it runs building material deliveries (builders bags pallets of concrete blocks etc) in the local area.
Most of the steel used i already had in stock with the exception of the 100mm tube. These were left overs from previous fabrication projects. I have an account at the galvanizers who give me a pretty good price for the dipping too.
All in there is probably only a few days of time spent fabricating the chassis so nothing to worry about there.
Its true though that it would very much a specialist ptoject if i were to build it again for a customer especially if i charged the normal workshop rate.
At the end of the day, it is only suitable for small ribs up to about 4.7m and even then, unless you had a crane truck, you could only use it to store/move the boat about a yard/workshop. It would probably be uneconomical.
Now for the "why"...
Well, like a lot of us on this forum, i have been launching recovering boats from trailers since i was about 19...i'm now 41 so have been doing it for the best part of 22 years. After all this time, i got a bit fed up of the hassle associated with doing this, waiting for your turn at the slipway, (either launching OR recovering) struggling to park a 4X4+trailer due to lack of space, getting your feet (or more) wet then having to climb into the vehicle and drive up the slip etc. etc .
I love spending timle on the water but have always seen the launching/recovering process as a bit of an anticlimax. Nowadays, i just want to get out on the water in the easiest manner possible with as little stress as possible.
I'm on the waiting list for a berth at Granville and St Malo but until that magical day happens when i actually get a berth, i figured i would do this.
Hopefully should prove a success if not they will be a very nice SR4/SR4.7 yard trolly for sale...