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Old 28 May 2011, 14:37   #1
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Try this for a tow

Saw this today M27 going west, never seen a RIB riding so high
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Old 28 May 2011, 15:39   #2
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Makes launching easy ...
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Old 28 May 2011, 15:46   #3
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Makes launching easy ...


Reckon his back wheels will get a bit wet before that thing floats free.....in fact forget the back wheels....more like the headlining!

C'ant believe so much weight, so high up can be stable though

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Old 28 May 2011, 17:03   #4
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lot of lead down low on the sailboat
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Old 29 May 2011, 03:41   #5
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And it clearly comes with honorary membership of the Middle Lane Owners Club!
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Old 29 May 2011, 05:01   #6
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Oh I bet that's a beauty to tow in a gusting crosswind
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Old 29 May 2011, 05:38   #7
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Wonder if it got pulled over? Should have...can't see any way that's safe
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He could have at least took the motor off I too hate middle lane "sitters"
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The sailboat is a star class and carries the majority of its weight in the keel sitting pretty low. these rigs regularly travel 5000+km a year around europe without any issues that I have heard of. Some even carry ribcraft 4.8s this same way. I agree it looks all wrong but seems to work.
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The sailboat is a star class and carries the majority of its weight in the keel sitting pretty low. these rigs regularly travel 5000+km a year around europe without any issues that I have heard of. Some even carry ribcraft 4.8s this same way. I agree it looks all wrong but seems to work.
Even if it's all low down, a quick google suggests a Star class boat is only about the same weight as a smallish rib (671kg) so I would have thought the pendulum effect of the weight of the RIB so high would be pretty scary - I know what it's like carrying something heavy on a 4x4 roof rack, that's bad enough and this is about the same height. I wouldn't want to try it with the wind here anyway, towing a RIB can be bad enough!

How do they get it off? Crane?
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Even if it's all low down, a quick google suggests a Star class boat is only about the same weight as a smallish rib (671kg) so I would have thought the pendulum effect of the weight of the RIB so high would be pretty scary - I know what it's like carrying something heavy on a 4x4 roof rack, that's bad enough and this is about the same height. I wouldn't want to try it with the wind here anyway, towing a RIB can be bad enough!

How do they get it off? Crane?
The stars are keelboats and are craned in before and out after the event so most of the coach boats are fitted out to be lifted off on arrival. the trailers are also quite long so that would probably help with the pendulum effect. I hear ya on the wind issue. It seems that gale warnings are becoming a standard addition to the forecasts in this neck of the woods
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And it clearly comes with honorary membership of the Middle Lane Owners Club!
How did you work that out from the photo? Looks like he is overtaking the photographer's vehicle to me.
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Old 30 May 2011, 10:53   #13
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if the yacht is just shy of 7m.......
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if the yacht is just shy of 7m.......
You also have to deal with multiple masts of circa 10m.
To put the all of the above into perspective there a fella in the States who specializes in coast to coast transport of these boats. Take the time to have a look at some his photos,
they make the original rig look like easy tow!

starboatguy.com - Boat Transporting
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