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Old 17 February 2010, 18:13   #21
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Anyone any idea how much water the RNLI trailers carry?
Tanks are roughly 4" x 40" x 45", thats only very rough.
The tanks aren't for flushing although we do use them to flush the engines.

They're warm up tanks, the idea been if its low water the engines are warm by the time you get to the surf.

A simple bladder or 5 gallon container with a a pipe on would do the job for flushing.
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Love the Hiab idea, would be perfect for lowering over dock walls. But I don't think you could do it single handed.
We launched the boat quite a lot when we had the lorry - it was easier to launch single handed than with a trailer! Funny thing was, with two people we were faster than a lot of people launching their boats, but to be fair they wasted a lot of time watching us!

The flatbed had a purpose built cradle, and lockers underneath held everything you needed - full set of tools for the boat and lorry, all of the personal gear, different props, 2 stroke oil and of course the lifting strops.

We did try to launch over the cab at the bottom of a slipway once, but once the rear wheels were a foot off the ground we decided it wasn't a great idea!

Would do it again, but we would need an artic with a crane for the next boat as it's 34'!
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Old 18 February 2010, 06:10   #23
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We launched the boat quite a lot when we had the lorry - it was easier to launch single handed than with a trailer! Funny thing was, with two people we were faster than a lot of people launching their boats, but to be fair they wasted a lot of time watching us!

The flatbed had a purpose built cradle, and lockers underneath held everything you needed - full set of tools for the boat and lorry, all of the personal gear, different props, 2 stroke oil and of course the lifting strops.

We did try to launch over the cab at the bottom of a slipway once, but once the rear wheels were a foot off the ground we decided it wasn't a great idea!

Would do it again, but we would need an artic with a crane for the next boat as it's 34'!
Wouldn't you need a couple of people holding lines to keep the boat straight while it's in the air?
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For ,e it would be a combination of bunks and rollers. big pneumatic wheels on the back for easy boay loading many lash points and a walkway in case you have to give the boat a bit of shoulder. Nato hitch so it's harder to nick. plenty of Keel rollers (in a v shape)

Triple axle and the bunks should be adjustable for differnt trailers.

I have the axles wheels and tyres, hitch and rollers when do you want to start?
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For ,e it would be a combination of bunks and rollers. big pneumatic wheels on the back for easy boay loading many lash points and a walkway in case you have to give the boat a bit of shoulder. Nato hitch so it's harder to nick. plenty of Keel rollers (in a v shape)

Triple axle and the bunks should be adjustable for differnt trailers.

I have the axles wheels and tyres, hitch and rollers when do you want to start?
Soon as it stops snowing, bring them over
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Wouldn't you need a couple of people holding lines to keep the boat straight while it's in the air?
Yes, but with the lorry parked right next to the edge, you can hold the gearbox and then tubes as it comes down past you - 99% of the time there were always at least two of us though. It takes a lot to make Salcombe slipway to come to a complete stop in August, but we managed it every time - we took up less space as we didn't have to go right to the waters edge, but people just stopped what they were doing to watch - amusing really!
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Yes, but with the lorry parked right next to the edge, you can hold the gearbox and then tubes as it comes down past you - 99% of the time there were always at least two of us though. It takes a lot to make Salcombe slipway to come to a complete stop in August, but we managed it every time - we took up less space as we didn't have to go right to the waters edge, but people just stopped what they were doing to watch - amusing really!
Any pictures Cookee? I really like the idea.
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Any pictures Cookee? I really like the idea.
We had a couple of lorries, the first was a local flat bed with a crane that we bought locally at an auction, and the second was a plant lorry with the ramps removed (they were in the way) - none of us launching a boat I'm afraid - I was always a bit busy then!

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Who's that scared looking bloke in pic 4?
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I want one.

The Lorry, not a Rogue Wave.

Sorry, it's not that I don't like Stu, in fact I quite enjoy his company, it's just that I don't 'want' him.
Oh you know what I mean.

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