Originally Posted by willk
Mine is a lot smaller than yours at 2.7m, but I find that removing all equipment from the SIB except the engine makes a huge difference in the man-hauling department. Even a fuel tank in the bow makes the job a lot harder. Have you tried this?
Paid particular to balance today and as you say, it makes a huge difference, to the point where, with engine on rear and tank loose at back and nothing forward, moving the boat the (approx) 100 yards was no problem.
Retrieving back across the mud and back up the slip was a slippery affair, but the weight on the bow was not an issue and apart from the slippery slope, was easy with two of us and if it was not slippery and quite so long (probably 30 yards) at end of long day, would be a one man job.