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Old 30 September 2008, 04:13   #1
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winching over winch post

The eye in bow of boat is low down on my rib, the winch post is one of those v shaped things about 8" long, this is higher than the eye and the winch.....The strap leaves from the bottom and goes out almost vertical to the eye!

Problem is this makes un hooking the boat from on board almost impossible! I DO NOT believe in getting my feet wet when launching and recovering and currently when working alone i tend to get right upto water, un hook, almost kill myself climbing on the bow with the assistance of the jockey wheel with the fear the boats gonna bugger off any minute then drive off,

opposite when recovering, i wondered if the strap would run back over the v groove thing and pull boat that way? Ive also seen a similar scorpion with a ladder on front of trailer which looked pretty good but still involves climbin on and off and on and off....

ANyone faced similar problem and solved it?
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Old 30 September 2008, 05:25   #2
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I do the climbing over bow trick too. However, I have an eye in a piece of rope which runs over the bow and I clip the winch rope onto it before the boat goes the last few metres into the water. I start the engine then go forward to release the clip from the eye.
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Old 30 September 2008, 07:13   #3
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i tend to get right upto water, un hook, almost kill myself climbing on the bow with the assistance of the jockey wheel with the fear the boats gonna bugger off any minute then drive off,


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Easy solution .... get your feet wet

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Old 30 September 2008, 07:38   #4
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That sounds like too much effort, I just carry a cheap set of waist high waders and stuff them in the seat locker when not being used.
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Old 30 September 2008, 10:00   #5
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Or can you unclip the winch but leave the painter (or another line) tied to (or looped round and tied back onto the boat); then untie this once on board and ready to motor away .
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Easy solution .... get your feet wet

ruin my trainers!!! NO WAY
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There seems to be an aversion to wet feet on this forum.......
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Old 30 September 2008, 20:18   #8
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There seems to be an aversion to wet feet on this forum.......
To right!....when you're launching a 3ton boat in a harbour with rocks, nails and all sorts of other sharp stuff, the last thing you need is a boat free of the trailer, blown by the wind and you in bare feet trying to control it.
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To right!....when you're launching a 3ton boat in a harbour with rocks, nails and all sorts of other sharp stuff, the last thing you need is a boat free of the trailer, blown by the wind and you in bare feet trying to control it.
I use aqua shoes, or flippin flops - you should try them
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With my previous boat it was ok and I used waders but it's the holding back of 3tons that's the problem. Hence, keeping it in control by tethering to the trailer and starting the engine before releasing it. If you're on your own and it gets away from you, you're in trouble.
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